New Orchestra of Washington (NOW) is a dynamic, flexible ensemble that prides itself on individual and collaborative virtuosity and embodies a belief in the importance of revitalizing the role of music in daily life.

Founded in 2012 by a group of friends within the Washington, D.C. professional music community, NOW’s programming includes canonic works, newly commissioned pieces and genre-bending adaptations, with a particular focus on symphonic works re-arranged for smaller ensembles. NOW’s members—comprised entirely of professional musicians, some of whom double as administrative staff—are hand-selected for each performance, and the ensemble can expand and contract to suit the needs of various repertoire and the sizes of various performance spaces.

Season 5

Season Concerts


Washington Here and Now: The Orchestra of Washington Celebrates its Fifth Season!
September 16, 8PM at First UCC
September 17, 7PM at Westmoreland

EDOUARD LALO Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21
Akemi Takayama, violin
AARON COPLAND Appalachian Spring

Smaller is Better!
October 29, 7PM at First UCC
October 30, 3PM at Bender JCC

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Overture to The Marriage of Figaro (arranged by Iain Farrington)
EDVARD GRIEG Piano Concerto in A minor (arranged by Mordechai Rechtman)
Mayumi Sakamoto, piano
JOHANNES BRAHMS Symphony No. 2 (arranged by Iain Farrington)

Witches, Wizards, and Warlocks
March 18, 7PM at First UCC
March 19, 3PM at Bender JCC

MAURICE RAVEL Mother Goose Suite  (arranged by Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez)
PAUL DUKAS The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (arranged by Iain Farrington)
MODEST MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition (arranged by Julian Yu)

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NOWfest 2017 Japan!

NOWfest Japan

TAKASHI YOSHIMATSU Atom Hearts Club Suite No. 1
YASUSHI AKUTAGAWA Triptyque for String Orchestra
CHIN CHENG LIN Concerto for Marimba and Chamber Orchestra No. 5 “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter” (竹取物語)
Ria Ideta, Marimba

Date and Location TBD

Season Guest Appearances

The Monotone Symphony at the National Gallery
October 1, 4:00PM
Admission free


Seasons of Love: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons & Piazzolla’s Estaciones Porteñas (Four Seasons of Buenos Aires)
February 14, AMP by Strathmore

Mayu Kishima, violin
ASTOR PIAZZOLLA Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Nick Tavani, violin