PostClassical Ensemble to Present ‘Entwined: A Double Feature’

By Francisco Salazar

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Manuel de Falla’s seminal chamber opera “El retablo de maese Pedro,” PostClassical Ensemble will present “Entwined: A Double Feature.”

The presentation will be held on April 19 at The Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater.

The concert will feature two separate performances. The evening will be centered around the 100th anniversary of the Spanish comic opera “El retablo de maese Pedro” and will be presented in partnership with the Embassy of Spain as part of a global celebration of the opera’s anniversary.

PCE Music Director, Angel Gil-Ordóñez said, “Master Peter’s Puppet Show, written in 1923, is possibly Manuel de Falla’s best work. It’s a trip into the past but understood not as nostalgia but as the starting point of an original and innovative way for composition in a new Century.”

The first presentation of the evening will be the first public showing of “Entwined: Love’s Magicians,” a new multi-disciplinary performance piece created by acclaimed playwright/director Derek Goldman. The piece is a ‘concert reading’ inspired by the deep and unlikely friendship between Federico García Lorca, widely regarded as the greatest Spanish poet of the twentieth century, and Manuel de Falla, Spain’s most prominent composer of the period. The piece will feature projected visual design by Kevork Mourad, Flamenco artists, singer Ismael Fernandez, dancer Sonia Olla, and guitarist Ricardo Marlow, along with the PostClassical Ensemble.

Following Goldman’s piece, PCE will present a concert opera version of de Falla’s “El retablo de maese Pedro.” The opera will be conducted by PCE Music Director Angel Gil-Ordóñez and performed by PostClassical Ensemble with an international trio of soloists, that includes vocalists Israel Lozano (tenor), Jennifer Zetlan (soprano) and José Sacín (bass-baritone).