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

The Anxious Ear: Seven Deadly Sins - free performance

PCE returns to the National Gallery of Art for a special performance of Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins. The piece is the tale of a young woman named Anna, sent on a seven-year journey to help her family raise enough money to build a house. Stopping in seven cities throughout the United States, she encounters a struggle with each of the deadly sins, preventing her from accomplishing her goal. Featuring soprano Melissa Wimbish as Anna, the program also includes Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon, performed by baritone William Sharp.

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The Anxious Ear:  Seven Deadly Sins

Sunday, February 25, 2024, 3:00pm

West Garden Court, West Building Main Floor| National Gallery of Art | Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC

Free performance - no reservation required

Melissa Wimbish, soprano

William Sharp, baritone

PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez

Presented alongside the National Gallery of Art exhibition, The Anxious Eye: German Expression and Its Legacy


Arnold Schoenberg: Ode to Napoleon

              William Sharp, reciter

Kurt Weill: The Seven Deadly Sins

              Melissa Wimbish, soprano

              Matthew Loyal Smith, tenor

              Oliver Mercer, tenor

              Gilbert Spencer, baritone

              Thomas Rust, bass

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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.

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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…