I thought it would be good to highlight an ensemble which has served as an excellent model for the UM Wind Orchestra in recent years. 8 years ago, conductor Angel Gil-Ordóñez and artistic adviser Joseph Horowitz teamed up to form the DC-based Post-Classical Ensemble. This ensemble is really the essence of "New Lights" (an initiative UMD has put forth to re-create the concert going experience), as the group uses all means necessary to enliven and re-envision the way audiences experience 'classical' music. in addition to its creative twist production, P-C E also designs programs which fully encompass a featured composer, region, or culture. An example of such a program would be their "Stravinsky Project", in which all aspects of Stravinsky's life and works are considered, and Mr. Horowitz and Mr. Ordóñez re-evaluate Stravinsky's all around "Russianism".
This upcoming season, the ensemble will present a similar lecture-based program highlighting Charles Ives, appropriately called "The Ives Project".
Like UM Wind Orchestra, the Post-Classical Ensemble uses flexible instrumentation, allowing for the highly creative performances of under-programed, yet very important pieces, many of which feature music for heavily scored, (or exclusively scored) for winds. Please follow the links to learn about the groups mission statement, the bios of Joseph Horowitz and Angel Gil-Ordóñez, to see upcoming programs, and to view videos of the group's performances. Enjoy!