Drew Peterson, pianist
Josephine Baker
John Edward Hasse, guest curator
Felix Conteras, conga
Ellington Carthan, pianist and narrator
Jeffrey Mumford, guest curator
Annie Jacobs-Perkins, cello
Katerina Burton, soprano
Robin De Jesús, actor
David Strathairn, actor
Kevork Mourad, artist
Derek Goldman, playwright/director
José Sacín, bass baritone (Don Quihote)
Israel Lozano, tenor (Master Peter)
Jennifer Zetlan, soprano (Trujaman)
Ricardo Marlow, Flamenco guitar
Philip Kennicott, guest curator
Hany Hassan FAIA, visuals
Flávio Chamis, guest curator
André Mehmari, pianist and composer
Tatjana Mead Chamis, viola
Elin Melgarejo, vocalist
Jerod Tate, guest curator
Nino Rota, composer

Beyond The Godfather: The Concert Music of Nino Rota

Italian composer Nino Rota is perhaps best known for his unforgettable Academy Award-winning original score composed for Francis Ford Coppola’s cinematic masterpiece The Godfather. Our season finale will celebrate this gem as well as others from La Strada, Amarcord, and Romeo and Juliet. However, Rota’s 150 film scores are just one side of his extraordinarily prolific compositional output. This spring, together with guest curator Dr. Claudia Gorbman (Professor Emerita of Film Studies at University of Washington-Tacoma), PCE will paint a full picture of of Rota’s artistry including remarkable yet little-known concert works, such as Concerto for Strings, music from the ballet Le Moliére imaginaire, his Nonetto for chamber ensemble, and his virtuosic concert piece for french horn and orchestra, Castel del monte.

This will be a concert you can’t refuse. 


Beyond The Godfather: The Concert Music of Nino Rota

Tue. Mar. 18, 2025 7:30p.m

Terrace Theater | The Kennedy Center | 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC

Presented without intermission

Dr. Claudia Gorbman, guest curator

PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez


Castel del monte for horn and orchestra

Concerto for Strings

Selections from Le Moliére imaginaire

Selections from Nonetto

Selections from Ford-Coppola's The Godfather 

Selections from Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet

Selections from Fellini’s La Strada and Amarcord

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So many thanks for that most inspiring, capacious evening. With PCE’s usual ability to surprise and delight… that symphony was astonishing…


Your leadership and dramatic shaping of the Symphony last night was truly masterful - and so inspiring. I know I’ll never forget this experience. Thank you, Maestro!


I loved the intimacy of the ensemble and the aching beauty of the melody repeating and recurring and turning up where I did not expect it .  And I found the quality of the sound thrilling.

That was my take on the concert --that and the tears that it brought to my eyes, simply to be there, to be present at the creation of something so beautiful..


What a perfect PCE evening, wonderful concert and lovely gathering


Angel, You are so musical! I've played the 4th twice, it was the first Mahler I heard as a kid, and I'm invariably disappointed that conductors don't let it breathe.  U nailed it.


Congratulations again to you and your superb ensemble on a wonderful and provocative performance in the Terrace Theater last evening.  As always, we learned something from this concert and it was fun, too.


Everything about it was sheer delight, including the lively and interesting talk at the end…