Drew Peterson, pianist
Josephine Baker
Kevork Mourad, artist

Entwined: A Double Feature

with Manuel de Falla’s “El retablo de maese Pedro,” and the world premiere of “Entwined: Love’s Magicians''

Critic's Choice by Washington Classical review.

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.

“Entwined: Love’s Magicians'' by Derek Goldman

This is a sensuous new multi-disciplinary performance piece that conjures the deep and unlikely friendship between Federico García Lorca and Manuel de Falla. While on the surface the two men were a study in contrasts, they became entwined through a deep friendship and profound mutual influence on one another’s work, and their shared passion for the rich heritage of traditional Spanish music (Andalusian “cante jondo” or “deep song”). This performance explores and celebrates the many paradoxes at the heart of this profound and complex relationship such as: Lorca’s homosexuality and liberal world view and Falla’s devout Catholicism; old and new artistic forms (the recuperation of ancient traditional forms along with radical experimentation and innovation); love and tenderness alongside suffering and death; the beauty and poetic genius of Lorca’s writing, and his tragic untimely murder at the hands of Nationalist forces.


Entwined: A Double Feature

Wednesday, April 19, 2023, 7:30pm

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

Derek Goldman, playwright

Kevork Mourad, visual artist

Sonia Olla, Flamenco dancer

Ismael Fernandez, Flamenco singer

Ricardo Marlow, Flamenco guitar

Israel Lozano, tenor

Jennifer Zetlan, soprano

José Sacín, bass baritone 

PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez


  • Derek Goldman: Entwined: Love’s Magicians 
    With music by Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) and songs by Federico García Lorca (1898-1936)
  • [intermission]
  • Manuel de Falla: El Retablo de Maese Pedro (Master Peter’s Puppet Show
  • Musical adaptation of scenes drawn from Chapters 25-26, Part II, and elsewhere in
    The Ingenious Nobleman Don Quixote of La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes (Part I, 1605; Part II, 1615)
  •     El pregón (The call)
  •     La Sinfonia de Maese Pedro
  •     Scene I. La Corte de Carlo Magno (The Court of Charlemagne) 
  •     Entrada de Carlo Magno (Entrance of Charlemagne) 
  •     Scene II. Melisendra
  •     Scene III. El suplicio de Moro (The Moor’s punishment) 
  •     Scene IV. Los Pirineos (The Pyrenees) 
  •     Scene V. La fuga (The escape) 
  •     Scene VI. La persecución (The pursuit) 
  •     Finale

Post-Concert Discussion with Derek Goldman, Kevork Mourad, and Angel Gil-Ordóñez

Thanks to our supporters and partners:

The Embassy of Spain
The Georgetown Americas Institute
The Prince of Asturias Distinguished Visiting Professor Chair
Georgetown University Department of Performing Arts

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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…