POSTCLASSICAL ENSEMBLE Mexican Revolution
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
3800 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland, College Park, MD
PostClassical Ensemble (PCE) presents vibrant cross-disciplinary programs that give audiences deeper context for musical works and the times in which they were written. This season PCE will present Mexican Revolution, a multi-event, multimedia program that explores themes of human rights and cultural expression.
The first half of the May 10 performance is a bilingual multimedia presentation narrated by WBJC’s Jonathan Palevsky and features songs from the Mexican Revolution performed by the legendary singer Eugenia León and PostClassical Ensemble.
In the second half of the program, audiences experience the Mexican film masterpiece Redes (1936), an iconic product of the Mexican Revolution, accompanied by Silvestre Revueltas’ scorching symphonic score performed live by PCE.
Redes is a 60-minute black-and-white film with lush cinematography by renowned photographer and cinematographer Paul Strand; it was co-directed by Emilio Gómez Muriel and Fred Zinnemann, who later directed High Noon, From Here to Eternity and A Man for All Seasons. In telling the story of poor fishermen victimized by monopoly control of their market, Redes argues for organized resistance as a necessary means of political reform. PCE will also record the score for a future relase on the Naxos label.