PCE and Challenging Times: A New Initiative

PostClassical: More than Music

PCE’s latest More than Music film is “FDR’s New Deal and the Arts: The Plow that Broke the Plains and The River — What can they teach us today?”

The follow-up Trans-Atlantic zoom chat, at 3 pm (ET) on July 9, will address government arts funding during the pandemic in the US and abroad. The participants will include Sir Nicolas Kenyon (UK), Ettore Volontieri (Italy/Switzerland), Jesse Rosen of the League of American Orchestras, film-music historian Neil Lerner, and New Deal historian David Woolner. Hosted by Richard Aldous for The American Interest. To register, click here.

To read Joe’s pertinent blog on “The New Deal, the Arts, and Race,” click here.

At a moment when America’s performing arts institutions are challenged not merely to continue to function, but to function in new ways, PCE undertakes a series of audio/video webcasts linked to zoom chats – “PostClassical: More than Music” — exploring the role of music in society.

This initiative comes easily to us, as our programming typically focuses on music as an instrument for mutual understanding and human betterment.

In fact, our library of two-hour WWFM webcasts, inimitably hosted by Bill McGlaughlin, is our starting point in this new venture, in which we are partnered by the film-maker Behrouz Jamali and the enterprising journal of politics, government, and culture The American Interest.

Our two most recent projects, before the virus changed everything, were An Armenian Odyssey, at the Washington National Cathedral, and Furtwangler in Wartime, via WWFM. The former explored the power of music to forge inspirational cultural synergies. The latter explored the power of music to “bear witness” during World War II.

We begin our new “More than Music” webcasts with Deep River: The Art of the Spiritual, in which we are joined by PCE Resident Artist Kevin Deas.

Future programs in this series will include Shostakovich and the State, Arthur Farwell and the “Indianists,” The Russian Gershwin, and Dvorak and America. The topics at hand are “What is the role of culture in a nation’s life?” and “Who is an American?”

Our “More than Music” videos ask: “What is the role of culture in a nation’s life?”


We look forward to seeing you again. In the meantime, please be well.

Joe and Ángel

PostClassical: More than Music

Produced by PostClassical Ensemble
in collaboration with David Osenberg for WWFM the Classical Network
Hosted by Bill McGlaughlin
With Joe Horowitz, Ángel Gil-Ordoñez, and special guests
Studio engineer: Bill Siegmund
Film and visual presentations: Behrouz Jamali

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