NOW is an ensemble of its own kind. It maintains the high artistic standards of ensembles, but it is much more flexible and more individually virtuosic than most. As a relatively smaller group, every member’s artistic contribution is essential and therefore everyone is pushed to perform at their highest potential. NOW is also different from other chamber groups in that our programing is neither strictly classical nor purely academic. NOW’s programs are cleverly conceived to attract, inspire, and be remembered. NOW is also different from community ensembles. Community orchestras, in part because of their need to maintain a large size, rely heavily on volunteer amateur musicians for their concerts. NOW’s smaller size allows it to carefully select professional musicians for its performances.

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

Igor Stravinsky, Dumbarton Oaks
Edouard Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole
Akemi Takayama, violin
Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring

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

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Overture to The Marriage of Figaro arr. Ian Farrington
Edvard Grieg, Piano Concerto in A minor, arr. Mordechai Rechtman
Mayumi Sakamoto, piano
Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 2, arr. Iain Farrington

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

Maurice Ravel, Mother Goose Suite, arr. Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez
Paul Dukas, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, arr. Iain Farrington
Modest Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition, arr. by Julian Yu

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NOWfest 2017 Japan!

NOWfest Japan

Takashi Yoshimatsu, Atom Hearts Club Suite No. 1
Takashi Yoshimatsu, Threnody to Toki
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)
With 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

Antonio Vivaldi, Four Seasons
Mayu Kishima, violin
Astor Piazzolla, Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Nick Tavani, violin