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