GU Orchestra Program

Prof. Angel Gil-Ordóñez, Music Director
Pedro Carboné, piano

Sunday, November 21 at 5 p.m.  
Gaston Hall, Healy Building  


Florence Price (1887 –1953)

Suite for Brasses and Piano (1949)

  1. Tempo moderato
  2.  Andante cantabile (with much expression)
  3. Tempo moderato

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 –1827)

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58 (1808)

  1. Allegro moderato  
  2. Andante con moto 3.3         
  3. Rondo (Vivace)


Edward William Elgar (1857–1934)

Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 (Enigma Variations) (1899)

Angel Gil-Ordóñez, Music Director



Dihan Shi (C ’23) *

Meredith Lou (C ’24) *

Khushi Parikh (SFS ’25)

Claire Min (SFS ’24) 

Lucy Bowden (C ’24)

Isabel Klemmer (SFS ’25)

Charlotte Vitalo (SFS ’24)

Nidhi Somineni (C ’25)

Harper Wentz (C ’25)

Eamon Walsh (C ’24)


Amanda (Yixuan) Li (SFS ’25) +

Logan Fong (C ’25)

Isabel (Izzy) Asker (C ’25)

Helen Poe (C ’22)  

Shreya Dudeja (NHS ’25)

Carolyn Brady (MSFS ’23)

Bridgitte Isom (NHS ’24)

Sarai Simpson (C ’24)

Henry Skarecky (SFS ’25)


Andrew Cho (SFS ’25) +

Will Nemoy (MSB ’24) +

Meghan Shaughnessy (NHS ’24)

Abigail Tucker (C ’25)

Justin English (C ’24)

Madeline Pfister (MSB ’23)


Kenneth Boggess (SFS ’24)  +

Brittany Peng (C ’25)

Isabelle Greenberg (SFS ’24)

Zhaki Rashada (C ’25)

Claire Kim (C ’25)


Jem Dyson (C ’22) +

John Scudero  (SFS ’23)


Julia Staley (C ’24) +

Yixuan Zhao (C ’22) +


Madison Stern (SFS ’22) +

Gobi Hernandez (Guest)


William Welsh (SFS ’23) +

Lauren Loeffler (NHS ’25)


Ciarra Criscione (C ’23) + 

Jasmine McCabe (C ’24)

Irene Chang (C ’24) +

Charlotte Messaris (C ’24)


Anil Anderson (C ’22) +

Erin Davies E II, P dI (C ’25)

Adrian Kalaw (C ’23) +

Anastacia Tremper  E IV, P dII (SFS ’25)


Jack Buckley (MSB ’22) +

Matthieu Liebman (C ‘24)


Connor Coyle (SFS ’24) +

William Leonard (C ’23)

Alex Nelson (C ’23) ¨

Jaron Berman (C ’23) ¨


Malin Kint (SFS ’24)


Dustin Garza (C ’24)


Cynthia Mingyan Yu (C ’24)

* Concertmaster

+ Principal

¨Orchestra Manager

Pedro Carboné, pianist

Hailed as “one of the best Spanish pianists of our time” (Ritmo, Madrid), Pedro Carboné first came into the spotlight when at age nineteen performed Chopin’s Twenty-Four Etudes at the Palau de la Música in Barcelona. His recording of those works for RCA garnered excellent notices, placing it among the best ever made (Harmonie-Opéra, Paris). The Washington Post called him “a major artist” after his Kennedy Center debut, and he has since performed throughout the country to critical and audience acclaim. He has earned a reputation both as standard-bearer of Spanish music (“Pedro Carboné’s exuberant performance of Falla’s Fantasia Baetica could hardly have been better…” -The Washington Post) as well as an outstanding performer of the classical repertoire (“…a sensational performance of Schumann’s Piano Concerto. His rendition was gorgeous, fluid and breathtakingly expressive” -The Herald, Monterey California).

In New York City he has performed at BAM’s Opera House, the Guggenheim Museum’s “Works & Process” series, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Miller Theatre and Merkin Hall, and as soloist with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Composers Orchestra, and Perspectives Ensemble. Other U.S. highlights include a 3-day Spanish music marathon at the University of Chicago with performances of Albéniz’s complete Iberia, Falla’s Concerto for piano with members of the Chicago Symphony and Nights in the Gardens of Spain under Angel Gil- Ordóñez, recorded live by National Public Radio Station WQXR; also his participation in the Iberian Suite Festival at the Kennedy Center and the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. with the Post- Classical Ensemble. He has been soloist with Monterey Symphony, Long Bay Symphony Orchestra, Georgetown Symphony, Post-Classical Ensemble, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, “George Enescu” Philharmonic of Bucharest, Ensemble International Musike, RTVE Symphony Orchestra in Madrid.

Pedro Carboné is heir to the finest Spanish musical tradition, passed on to him by his first teachers Pilar Bayona and María Canals. His interpretation of Albéniz’s Iberia, has been highly praised by the critics – “magnificent, impressive, with the right touch of expression” (ABC, Madrid); “Carboné’s Iberia is actually unique, he feasts on the complexity of texture, savoring the density of pages other pianists gloss over” (Joseph Horowitz, New York). Mr. Carboné has also given a new meaning to the music of neglected 20th-century Spanish composer Oscar Esplá, whose piano works he recorded for Marco Polo, receiving rave reviews by the American Record Guide and Fanfare (“ …he also has that ability to give the shortest pieces a significant substance”).

In his early twenties, Pedro Carboné was a pupil of legendary American pianist Eugene Istomin and Leon Fleisher. A remarkable pedagogue himself, Mr. Carboné has given Master classes at major U.S. centers, including the International Keyboard Festival at Mannes College of Music in New York, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts in Connecticut, the University of Toledo in Ohio and the California State University in Long Beach, as well as the Beijing Conservatory and the Piano Prestige festival in France. He has also been invited on several occasions to perform at the Juilliard School of Music in New York as an authority on the Spanish piano repertoire.

Angel Gil-Ordóñez, Music Director

A frequent guest conductor across Europe, the United States, and Latin America, Angel Gil-Ordóñez holds the positions of music director and conductor of PostClassical Ensemble (PCE) in Washington, D.C. , principal guest conductor of New York’s Perspectives Ensemble, and music director of the Georgetown University Orchestra. He also serves as advisor for education and programming for Trinitate Philharmonia in León, Mexico. Mr. Gil-Ordóñez is also a regular guest conductor at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine, and at the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington (IN).

In the United States, he has appeared with the American Composers Orchestra, Opera Colorado, Pacific Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and National Gallery Orchestra. Abroad, he has been heard with the Munich Philharmonic, the Solistes de Berne, at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, and the Bellas Artes National Theatre in Mexico City. In the summer of 2000, he toured the major music festivals of Spain with the Valencia Symphony Orchestra in the Spanish premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass. Former associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Spain, Gil-Ordóñez was born in Madrid (Spain). He worked closely with legendary conductor Sergiu Celibidache in Germany for more than six years, and also studied with Pierre Boulez and Iannis Xenakis in France.

A Naxos artist, Gil-Ordóñez has recorded seven CDs, in addition to PCE’s Virgil Thomson, Copland, and Revueltas DVDs. In 2006, the King of Spain awarded Gil-Ordóñez the country’s highest civilian decoration, the Royal Order of Queen Isabella, for his work in advancing Spanish culture around the world, in particular for performing and teaching Spanish music in its cultural context. Gil-Ordóñez received a WAMMIE award in 2011 from the Washington Area Music Association in the category of best conductor.