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PCE and Challenging Times: A New Initiative

"At a moment when America’s performing arts institutions are challenged not merely to continue to function, but to function in new ways, PCE has undertaken a series of films linked to zoom chats – “PostClassical: More than Music” — exploring the role of music in society.  The topics at hand include “What is the role of culture in a nation’s life?” and “Who is an American?”

This initiative comes easily to us, as our programming typically focuses on music as an instrument for mutual understanding and human betterment.

We began our "More than Music” films with
Deep River: The Art of the Spiritual, in which we were joined by PCE Resident Artist Kevin Deas. Other titles in the series explore the Mexican genius Silvestre Revueltas and the New Deal documentaries scored by Virgil Thomson. You will find these films below. In addition, four “More than Music” films will be released by Naxos in November: “Aaron Copland: American Populist,” “Dvorak’s ’New World’ Symphony — A lens on the American experience of race,” “Beyond ‘Psycho’ — The Genius of Bernard Herrmann,” and “Lou Harrison and Cultural Fusion."

Joe and Ángel

Past Projects

FDR’s New Deal and the Arts: The Plow that Broke the Plains and The River — What can they teach us today?
“Shostakovich and the State” with Solomon Volkov
“Deep River: The Art of the Spiritual” with Kevin Deas
Previous MTM Speakers