The Post-Classical Ensemble, a chamber orchestra based in Washington, D.C., has received $200,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for programming initiatives planned through the 2012-13 season. Partners for the initiatives will be the Music Center at Strathmore (Bethesda, Maryland), Georgetown University, and the Film Division of the National Gallery. Planned festivals to be presented by the ensemble include “The Stravinsky Project” (April 2011), “Celebrating Ives” (November 2011), and “Mexican Revolution,” (2012-13), all at the Strathmore Center; and “Falla/Stravinsky” (December 2011), “Schubert Uncorked” (March 2012), and “Interpreting Shostakovich” (2012-13), all at Georgetown University. The grant also covers a planned Naxos DVD of the 1936 Mexican film Redes (1936), with a newly recorded soundtrack of the original Silvestre Revueletas score performed by Post-Classical Ensemble. The project will encompass two touring components: the Ives project, with a scripted program of readings from Ives’s essays and letters, and a new production of Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo choreographed by Igal Perry. The Post-Classical Ensemble was founded in 2003 by Joseph Horowitz and Angel Gil-Ordóñez; more information on the ensemble and a complete list of concerts may be found at the “News and Reviews” area of its website http://www.post-classicalensemble.org.
Posted February 2, 2011