Angel Gil-Ordonez

CoHost PostClassical

Music Director PostClassical Ensemble The former Associate Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Spain, PostClassical Ensemble Music Director Angel Gil-Ordóñez has conducted symphonic music, opera and ballet throughout Europe, the United States and Latin America.In the United States, he has appeared with the American Composers Orchestra, Opera Colorado, the Pacific Symphony, the Hartford Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the National Gallery Orchestra in Washington. Abroad, he has been heard with the Munich Philharmonic, the Solistes de Berne, at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and at the Bellas Artes National Theatre in Mexico City. In the summer of 2000, he toured the major music festivals of Spain with the Valencia Symphony Orchestra in the Spanish premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass. Born in Madrid and an American citizen since 2009, he worked closely with Sergiu Celibidache in Germany for more than six years. He also studied with Pierre Boulez and Iannis Xenakis in France. Currently the Music Director of Post-Classical Ensemble in Washington, D.C.. He also serves as advisor for education and programming for Trinitate Philharmonia, a program in León, Mexico, modeled on Venezuela’s El Sistema, conducting its youth orchestra and choir several weeks per year. A specialist in the Spanish repertoire, Mr. Gil-Ordóñez has recorded four CDs devoted to Spanish composers, in addition to Post-Classical Ensemble’s Virgil Thomson and Copland CD/DVDs on Naxos (Artist of the Week for both releases). In 2006, the King of Spain awarded Mr. Gil-Ordóñez the country’s highest civilian decoration, the Royal Order of Queen Isabella, for his work in advancing Spanish culture around the world, in particular for performing and teaching Spanish music in its cultural context. Mr. Gil-Ordóñez received a WAMMIE award in 2011 from the Washington DC association of professional musicians in the category of best conductor. Currently, Mr. Gil-Ordóñez also holds the positions of Principal Guest Conductor of New York’s Perspectives Ensemble, and Music Director of the Georgetown University Orchestra in DC.

This week's Friday night broadcast (6/28 at 8 pm) features PostClassical Ensemble, the resident ensemble of the National Cathedral, in an evening of music by Bernard Herrmann. Featured works include music from his score for the movie "Psycho," his  Clarinet Quintet "Souvenirs de Voyage," and the radio play "Whitman" with music by Herrmann, in honor of the bicentennial of Whitman's birth.

PostClassical pays tribute to the great American poet Walt Whitman for the Bicentennial of his birth with a live concert broadcast by PostClassical Ensemble from the National Cathedral Saturday (June 1) at 7:30 pm. The program will feature an evening of music by Bernard Herrmann, including the complete radio play "Whitman" with music by Herrmann. The program will also feature music from his score to Psycho and the Clarinet Quintet "Souvenirs de Voyage."

PostClassical, The Classical Network's bi-monthly presentation of concert broadcasts of Washington DC-based PostClassical Ensemble, brings you "Music from Paradise," looking at the influence of Balinese and Javanese gamelan music on Western composers. Enjoy excerpts from a concert given by PostClassical at the National Cathedral in a program including works by Colin McPhee and Lou Harrison.

PostClassical, The Classical Network's bi-monthly presentation of concert broadcasts of Washington DC-based PostClassical Ensemble, brings you "Music from Paradise," looking at the influence of Balinese and Javanese gamelan music on Western composers. Enjoy excerpts from a concert given by PostClassical at the National Cathedral in a program including works by Colin McPhee and Lou Harrison.

PostClassical, The Classical Network's bi-monthly presentation of concert broadcasts of Washington DC-based PostClassical Ensemble, brings you "Music in Paradise" this Friday night (4/5 at 8 pm), looking at the influence of Balinese and Javanese gamelan music on Western composers. Enjoy excerpts from a concert given by PostClassical at the National Cathedral in a program including works by Colin McPhee and Lou Harrison.

Join us this Friday (2/15 at 8 pm) for the next episode in the bi-monthly series PostClassical featuring PostClassical Ensemble in a special edition honoring Black History Month. Bass-baritone Kevin Deas is the soloist for this program, called Deep River: The Art of the Spiritual, featuring the music of Harry Burleigh, Nathanial Dett, William Dawson and others. Mr Deas is also joins the trio of regular hosts as special guest. This webcast contains 20+ minutes of material not heard in the broadcast!

Webcast contains more music than in the broadcast!!!

Listening Guide

PART I:

00:00: Gamelan influences Debussy and Poulenc

18:35: “Stampede” from Harrison Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Gamelan, recorded in live performance by Nati Draiblate and Ben Capps, with PCE percussionists Bill Richards and John Spirtas conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez

33:54: Harrison’s Grand Duo for Violin and Piano, from PCE's Naxos CD with Tim Fain and Michael Boriskin

PART II:

7:38: Harrison Concerto for Violin and Percussion, from PCE's Naxos CD