National Cathedral names ensemble-in-residence

The Washington National Cathedral occupies a prominent high point in the District. (Brian Kapur/The Current/May 2017)

The PostClassical Ensemble, a music group interested in rethinking the format and lineup of concerts, was named ensemble-in-residence at the Washington National Cathedral on Friday.

The Cathedral will be the group’s first dedicated performance space since it was founded in 2003 by Angel Gil-Ordóñez and Joe Horowitz. PostClassical Ensemble, or PCE, will begin performing there on Dec. 7, presenting “Music in Wartime: A Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration.”

“I have long been an admirer of the philosophy behind PostClassical Ensemble — presenting forward-looking music that probes and educates. Having worked with Joe and Angel, I realized how much that philosophy could align with the Cathedral,” Cathedral music director Michael McCarthy, who approached the co-founders earlier this year, said in a release.