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Gil-Ordóñez Awarded “Wammie” for Musical Achievement

Angel Gil-Ordóñez directs the Post-Classical Ensemble. (Photo by Tom Wolff)

Angel Gil-Ordóñez, director of private lessons, chamber music and ensembles received the 2010 Wammie Award for Classical Conductor / Director by the Washington Area Music Association for his efforts directing the Post-Classical Ensemble, a Washington, D.C.-based orchestra co-founded by Gil-Ordóñez.

The Washington Area Music Awards recognize significant career achievements by area musicians. Nominations and balloting come from the WAMA membership.

Past show participants include Emmylou Harris, Joan Jett, The Clovers, The Orioles, Bo Diddley, Jorma Kaukonen, Jimmy Dean, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ruth Brown, LaVern Baker, Sweet Honey in the Rock.

Gil-Ordóñez’s Orchestra Receives Grant from Mellon Foundation



Angel Gil-Ordóñez



Post-Classical Ensemble, the Washington, D.C.-based orchestra co-founded by Angel Gil-Ordóñez, Wesleyan’s director of orchestra studies, has been awarded $200,000 by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  The ensemble plans to use the money for programming and touring programs through the 2012-2013 season, as well as a DVD.

At Wesleyan, Gil-Ordóñez is director of private lessons, chamber music and ensembles, music director of the Wesleyan Orchestra and Wesleyan Concert Choir, and adjunct professor of music.

Founded in 2003, the ensemble specializes in thematic programming involving film, theater, dance and vernacular music.

Gil-Ordóñez Directs “Russian Gershwin”

Angel Gil-Ordóñez directs the Post-Classical Ensemble. (Photo by Tom Wolff)

Angel Gil-Ordóñez, director of Private Lessons, Chamber Music and Ensembles, director of the Wesleyan Orchestra and Concert Choir, adjunct professor of music, was featured in the Sept. 27 Washington Post.

Gil-Ordóñez also directs the Washington D.C.-based Post-Classical Ensemble. The orchestra performed a program titled “The Russian Gershwin” at the Clarice Smith Center.

“Gershwin is overdue for a fresh look, and that’s the ensemble’s specialty: turning familiar music on its head, providing context and fresh perspectives and generally pulling the rug out from under listeners,” the article states.

“Pianist Genadi Zagor opened the evening with an introspective and elegant improvisation on Gershwin’s Prelude No. 2, then seamlessly slid into an ultra-sophisticated and altogether gorgeous account of the concerto-like “Rhapsody in Blue.” … Vakhtang Kodanashvili took a jazzier and more extroverted approach to the Piano Concerto in F, a too rarely heard wonder from 1926. Kodanashvili’s lean, exuberant playing contrasted nicely with Zagor’s more lush approach, and — backed by razor-sharp playing from the ensemble, led by Music Director Angel Gil-Ordóñez — resulted in a terrifically exciting account.”

Gil-Ordóñez’s Orchestra in N.Y. Times, Washington Post

Adjunct professor of music Angel Gil-Ordóñez’s Post-Classical Ensemble was mentioned in the April 20th edition of The New York Times for performing in Falla and Flamenco at the Brooklyn Academy of Music April 17. The orchestra, paired with a Spanish pianist, performed “a muted by graceful account,” of “Nights in the Gardens of Spain,” a tour of Spanish music “that touches not only on the Gypsy influences that crystallized as flamenco but on Moorish influences as well,” according to the article.

After intermission, Gil-Ordóñez, who also is director of private lessons, chamber music and ensembles and music director of the Wesleyan Orchestra and Wesleyan Concert Choir, led a reduced ensemble in the ballet-pantomime “El Corregidor y la Molinera” (“The Magistrate and the Miller’s Wife”), which Manuel de Falla later expanded as “The Three-Cornered Hat.” But the revised score’s most familiar themes are already here, and they benefit from the transparency of this chamber scoring.

On April 26, the Post-Classical Ensemble was featured in The Washington Post. The article explained that music by Falla (1876-1946) incorporates “the watercolor washes of so-called French Impressionism as well as the guttural melismas of flamenco.”

“El corregidor” was the basis of the ballet “The three-cornered hat,” which was first staged in the United States by Gil-Ordonez. “It is a leaner version of the better-known later work, which has a reworked second half and a larger orchestration, but tells the same basic story: rich magistrate tries to seduce miller’s beautiful wife, and is repeatedly foiled.

Gil-Ordóñez to Premiere in Falla and Flemenco

Angel Gil-Ordonez

Angel Gil-Ordonez

Angel Gil-Ordóñez, director of private lessons, chamber music and ensembles, adjunct professor of music, music director of the Wesleyan Orchestra and Wesleyan Concert Choir, received a grant from Spain’s Ministry of Culture and that of Foreign Affairs to conduct the orchestra in Falla and Flamenco April 17 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Falla and Flamenco is a program of three works by Manuel de Falla (1876—1946) that imbue 20th-century music with flamenco’s ancient gypsy traditions.

Gil-Ordóñez’s musicians will premiere “The Three Cornered Hat,” in the U.S.  for which Picasso created the scenery and costumes for the original. This original version was a ballet/pantomime called “El Corregidor y la Molinera” (The Magistrate and the Miller’s Wife). It will be part of the spring season of two top American avantgard cultural institutions, New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Washington D.C.’s Harman Center for the Arts.