NOWfest 2016: Tango Night!

Friday, June 3, 6:30 till close

Co-Hosted by the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the OAS and the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the OAS

Proudly sponsored by the Ryuji Ueno Foundation, Covington and Burling LLP, Curavere, and the Mexican Tourism Board

At The Organization of American States

NOWfest is a unique event created by the New Orchestra of Washington that combines the elegance of a gala with NOW’s hip and current vibe. Dress up or down and join the community of NOW fans for a fun night of music, food, and drinks at the breathtaking Organization of American States.

This year we are privileged to welcome the arrival of Ambassador Luis Alfonso García de Alba Góngora, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the OAS and Ambassador Juan José Arcuri, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the OAS. To mark this occasion, NOW presents a special program of music by the Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla and Mexican composer Manuel M. Ponce. NOW is also thrilled to feature violinist Machiko Ozawa, former concertmaster of Sinfonica Sinaloa de las Artes, who has been hailed by the Latina Magazine Japan as an artist with Dza splendid rush of musical vigor.

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Machiko Ozawa, violinist

Machiko Ozawa, violinist



    • Estampas Nocturnas by Manuel M. Ponce
    • Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas) by Astor Piazzolla, arr. for solo violin and strings by Leonid Desyatnikov
    • Oblivion for String Orchestra by Astor Piazzolla, arr. Machiko Ozawa
    • Libertango for String Orchestra by Astor Piazolla, arr. Machiko Ozawa

About Machiko Ozawa

Violinist Machiko Ozawa, a former concertmaster of Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de las Artes, gave her debut recital at the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall as a winner of the Artists International Competition. Subsequently she has performed as a soloist with the C.W. Post Chamber Orchestra, Henry Mancini Festival Orchestra, North Shore Symphony Orchestra, and Orquesta Sinfónica Sinaloa de las Artes, among others. She has been awarded the ” Amigos de la Musica” as the best orchestra in Mexico. She has also performed as a tango soloist with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Turkey, the Pan American Symphony Orchestra as well as American Philharmonic Orchestra. As a performing artist, Ms. Ozawa has extended her musicianship to other styles of music, including jazz, Argentine tango, improvisation, and tap dance, among others. In addition, she has created her own style of performance called tapdanceviolin, which has been incorporated in some of her original compositions. Ms. Ozawa was selected as one of the main cast members in the award winning musical Amor Latino at Thalia Theatre, in which she played as a tapdancer and violinist. Ms. Ozawa’s playing could be heard on the albums such as, Placido Domingo “Songs”(SONY CLASSICAL), Erwin Schrott “Rojotango”(SONY CLASSICAL), Importango”Tango For Import”(Panoramic Recordings), Urban Tango Trio”Urban Tango Trio”(PLATONIC), among others. Ms. Ozawa received her formal training from The Juilliard School, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Tokyo National University of the Arts (Tokyo Gei Dai). She has studied with Yfrah Neaman, Lewis Kaplan, Masao Kawasaki, Takashi Shimizu, Chikashi Tanaka, and Shigeru Toyama. She has given numerous solo recitals in U.S. and Japan at major venues such as Carnegie,Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Kennedy Center Performing Arts, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, and Nikkei Hall as well as Blue Note New York, Blues Alley among others. She has performed in chamber music groups and orchestras at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Barbican Center, Bellas Artes, Symphony Space, GW Lisner Auditorium, and Mondavi Center. Ms. Ozawa is currently an Artinst-In-Residence at S&R Foundation since 2015.

Date and Location

Friday, June 3 at the Organization of American States

200 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA