select Friday Evenings 8 pm

PostClassical is a bi-monthly program that features performances by the Washington DC-based PostClassical Ensemble, Angel Gil Ordonez Music Director and Joseph Horowitz Executive Director/Artistic Director.  Each Program is thematic and reshapes the classical music experience through music and discussion. Bill McGlaughlin, host of "Exploring Music,"co-hosts with Joseph  Horowitz and Angel Gil-Ordonez. These programs are recorded at Digital Island Studios in New York City and produced at the studios of WWFM The Classical Network

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!

The new season of PostClassical returns with an expanded, three-hour program exploring the search for Spanish identity through music. "Falla and Flamenco" features PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez. Spanish pianist Pedro Carbone joins Gil-Ordonez and co-hosts Bill McGlaughlin (host of Exploring Music) and author, music historian and PostClassical co-founder Joseph Horowitz. The first two hours focus on Manuel de Falla, with an expanded third hour devoted to Isaac Albeniz.

Listening Guide:


Join PostClassical Ensemble Friday (6/29) at 8 pm for a program entitled "The Russian Gershwin." The performance and discussion will focus on George Gershwin and his place in American music consciousness, and how he has been championed by musicians from other cultures.
This webcast contains added material and music not included in the broadcast. Enjoy!!

9:22 – George Gershwin speaks and plays
15:50 – Rhapsody in Blue performed by Genady Zagor and PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez (with improvisations)
47:46 -- Arnold Schoenberg’s eulogy for George Gershwin
48:52 -- Gershwin’s Prelude No. 2, as arranged and conducted by Otto Klemperer at the Hollywood Bowl Gershwin Memorial Concert
57:18 – Ruby Elzy sings “My Man’s Gone Now” at the Gershwin Memorial Concert
1:04:13 – Lawrence Tibbett sings “Oh Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess”
1:10:21 – Jascha Heifetz plays his own arrangement of “Summertime”

00:00 – Kirill Gerstein plays Earl Wild’s arrangement of “I Got Rhythm”
4:24 – Kirill Gerstein’s improvised cadenza for the Gershwin concerto mvmt 2
6:41 – Gerstein discusses his cadenza
13:10 – Gershwin Piano Concerto, mvmt 2, performed by Gerstein and St. Louis Symphony conducted by David Robertson
26:54 – Gershwin Concerto, mvmt 3, performed by Vakhtang Kodanashvili and PCE conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez
37:41 – Gershwin Cuban Overture, performed by PCE conducted by Gil-Ordonez
53:00 – Jascha Heifetz plays his own arrangement of “My Man’s Gone Now”

Discover the music of "The Great Composer You've Never Heard Of" this Friday (4/20) at 8 pm on PostClassical as author and music historian Joseph Horowitz, Maestro Angel Gil-Ordonez and Exploring Music's Bill McGlaughlin host this program devoted to the life and music of the 20th-century composer Silvestre Revueltas.

“Schubert Uncorked” — a subversive reconsideration of a famous composer

with David Taylor, bass trombone, William Sharp, baritone, PCE conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez.Repertoire includes two broadcast premieres:Schubert Arpeggione Concerto & Schubert songs with bass trombone. Also the slow movement from Bruckner's  String Quintet and 2 movements from Daniel Schnyder's  Bass Trombone Concerto.

PostClassical this Friday (10/20) celebrates the music of the "most under-rated 20th-Century American composer," Bernard Herrmann.  Author, music historian and co-founder of PostClassical Ensemble Joseph Horowitz co-hosts this bi-monthly program with PostClassical Music Director Angel Gil-Ordonez and Exploring Music Host Bill McGlaughlin.  This week's broadcast will include performances by PostClassical Ensemble of Herrmann's Clarinet Quintet, Sinfonietta, and Psycho Narrative, as well as music from his radio play "Whitman" and his Cantata Moby Dick.

Listening Guide

Join us this Friday evening (9/1) for our next episode in our bi-monthly series featuring PostClassical Ensemble based in Washington DC, tracing the American odyssey of composer Aaron Copland.


Is the New World Symphony about Hiawatha? Did Dvorak become an “American composer” during his momentous American sojourn of 1892-1895? Do his American piano works forecast Scott Joplin and George Gershwin? Did Dvorak represent a greater hope for American music than would Aaron Copland?

Tune into a no-holds-barred debate between Bill McGlaughlin and PostClassical Ensemble’s Joe Horowitz and Angel Gil-Ordonez, peppered with strong opinions and inside knowledge. 

Webcast contains more music than in the broadcast!!!

Listening Guide


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


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

It's a salute to the legacy of Lou Harrison on this week's PostClassical, a bi-monthly series featuring PostClassical Ensemble and hosted by author, music historian and co-founder of PostClassical Ensemble, Joseph Horowitz, and Exploring Music host Bill McGlaughlin. This month's episode is titled "Celebrating the Lou Harrison Centenary" and provides an in-depth look at the music of this great American composer with performances from a concert this past Monday at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Washington, DC.

In conversation with Bill McGlaughlin, Joe Horowitz takes issue with RIcardo Muti’s claim, sampling astounding recordings from the past.