Innovation rewarded: Post-Classical Ensemble receives $200,000 Mellon grant

The Post-Classical Ensemble has done some very interesting work in the area, trying out innovative ways of re-packaging familiar works and dusting off lesser known fare, often in multi-media formats. The D.C-based organization just received $200,000 to help keep the innovation flowing.

The grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation "feels like a big imprimatur for an organization with a budget of under $500,000," says artistic director Joseph Horowitz, who co-founded Post-Classical with music director Angel Gil-Ordóñez in 2003.

The money will support programming, touring, and the making of a DVD on the Naxos label (the group's third).

Post-Classical is "establishing a triangulated relationship," Horowitz says, with the Music Center at Strathmore "as 'Artistic Partner,' Georgetown University as 'Educational Partner,' and

the film department of the National Gallery of Art. Mellon sees this as a template with national implications for humanities-infused thematic programing, linking a major presenter (not campus-based) with a major university (sans major on-campus presenter)."

Horowitz also notes: "Obviously, our new relationship with Strathmore moves us closer to the Baltimore arts scene. And we expect to move into Baltimore itself." Getting Post-Classical up here -- I think it could fit neatly into one or more local concert series -- would be good news.

Among the ventures in store for the ensemble from this season through 2012-13 include:

The Stravinsky Porject, exploring the composer's Russian side.

A touring production of Manuel De Falla's "El Amor Brujo" choreographed by Igal Perry;

Celebrating Ives, a festival with the extraordinary pianist Jeremy Denk;

Interpreting Shostakovich, a festival featuring controversial author Solomon Volkov;

A Mexican festival that will yield a restoration of the 1930s film "Redes" with a newly recorded performance of Silvestre Revueltas' score.


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