Encounters
Cultural Diplomacy
American Roots
Film
Paris at Midnight
:
Jazz and Surrealism in the 1920s
November 9, 2022
Terrace Theater at The Kennedy Center

Guest Curator Harry Cooper, senior curator of modern art at the National Gallery of Art

Paris in the 1920s was a place of great artistic conflict and excitement. While some like Igor Stravinsky and Pablo Picasso embraced Neo-Classicism and a "return to order" in the aftermath of the Great War, others launched bold new experiments. Under the leadership of André Breton, Surrealism sought to shock the bourgeoisie, while a passion for African and African American art and culture, from jazz to art to dance, galvanized the city, personified above all by Josephine Baker. Join PCE for a screening of the classic Surrealist film Entr’acte (René Clair, 1924) with the original score by Erik Satie performed live. The program also includes film footage of Baker dancing and a tribute to jazz great Sidney Bechet. It culminates with Maurice Ravel's partly-jazz-inspired Piano Concerto in G featuring soloist Drew Petersen, winner of the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2017 American Pianists Award.

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Encounters
Cultural Diplomacy
American Roots
Film
Amazing Grace
:
Music for the Spirit
January 11, 2023
Terrace Theater at The Kennedy Center

Guest Curator Stanley J. Thurston, pianist, composer, and conductor

PCE rings in 2023 with a new season tradition. We present a stirring program for chorale and orchestra that celebrates the universal expression of the human spirit through music. Amazing Grace, perhaps the most universal of folk hymns, has inspired people all around the world for centuries. Hear versions of it woven throughout the program and join the whole ensemble at the end of the program. Featuring African-American spirituals, and works by Adolphus Hailstork, Samuel Barber, William Grant Still, and J. S. Bach.

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Encounters
Cultural Diplomacy
American Roots
Film
Entwined
:
A Double Feature
April 19, 2023
Terrace Theater at The Kennedy Center

In partnership with The Embassy of Spain, The Georgetown Americas Institute and The Prince of Asturias Distinguished Visiting Professor Chair

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Manuel de Falla’s seminal chamber opera, El retablo de maese Pedro, PCE and playwright/director Derek Goldman present Entwined. This performance features the world premiere of Goldman's sensuous new performance piece conjuring 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. In the second half of our double feature, PCE will perform de Falla’s El retablo de maese Pedro (Master Peter’s Puppet Show), which is inspired by Don Quixote. In this collaboration with visual artist Kevork Mourad, puppets are replaced by animation synced with the score performed by PostClassical Ensemble.

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