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

Entwined: A Double Feature

Featuring the world-premiere of Entwined: Love’s Magicians by Derek Goldman and El retablo de maese Pedro (Master Peter’s Puppet Show) by Manuel de Falla.

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Manuel de Falla’s seminal chamber opera, El retablo de maese Pedro (Master Peter’s Puppet Show), PCE and playwright/director Derek Goldman team up to present Entwined: A Double Feature. This program 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. With Flamenco artists, solosits, actors, and more, the performance will help contextualize the second half of the program.

In the second half, PCE performs the chamber opera El retablo de maese Pedro, possibly de Falla's best work. The opera was premiered in March 1923 at the salon of Princess de Polignac who commissioned the work. The opera was inspired by a chapter in Don Quixote and is set in early 17th century Spain. 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.

Selected Critic's Choice by Washington Classical Review


READ: A short powerpoint about “Entwined: A Double Feature”

READ: The Centenary of the premiere of "El retablo"

WATCH: A short clip of Kevork Mourad’s illustrated “puppets”

WATCH: Kevork Mourad at work


Entwined: A Double Feature

Wednesday, April 19, 2023, 7:30pm

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

Entwined: Love’s Magicians

Derek Goldman, playwright/director

David Strathairn, actor

Robin De Jesús, actor

Kevork Mourad, visual artist

Sonia Olla, Flamenco dancer

Ismael Fernandez, Flamenco singer

Ricardo Marlow, Flamenco guitar

‍PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez

El retablo de maese Pedro

Kevork Mourad, visual artist

Jennifer Zetlan, soprano

José Sacín, bass baritone

Israel Lozano, tenor

PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez


Entwined: Love’s Magicians

Written and directed by Derek Goldman

Music excerpts from Manuel de Falla’s “El Amor Brujo” (Love, the magician), Silvestre Revueltas’ “Homage to Federico García Lorca”, and traditional Flamenco

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 Sinfonía de Maese Pedro (Master Peter’s Overture)

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 del Moro (The Moor’s Punishment)

Scene IV. Los Pirineos (The Pyrenees)

Scene V. La fuga (The Escape)

Scene VI. La persecución (The Pursuit)


Post-Concert Discussion

This performance is an external rental presented in coordination with the Kennedy Center Campus Rentals Office and is not produced by the Kennedy Center.

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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..


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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…