Thank you for supporting NOWfest 2019

Under the Patronage of Ambassador Jorge Lomónaco, 
Permanent Representative of Mexico to the Organization of American States,

The Board of the New Orchestra of Washington 
Cordially Invites You to


Saturday, March 30 | 6:30PM
Organization of American States
200 17th St NW, DC

Honoring Neeta Helms
2019 ArtsMatter
Award Winner

Concert | Silent Auction |Raffle | Award Presentation
Open Bar | Traditional Mexican Cuisine
Festive Cocktail Attire


Each year, the New Orchestra of Washington’s diverse and broad community comes together at NOWfest to celebrate the importance of art in our lives and to support the New Orchestra of Washington’s mission to bring classical music relevant to modern society.

Join us on the evening of Saturday, March 30 at the historic headquarters of the Organization of American States for this special event as we honor this year’s ArtsMatter Award recipient, Neeta Helms, Founder and President of Classical Movements. NOW Artistic Director Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez will lead the New Orchestra of Washington in an uplifting performance of works by beloved Mexican composers. Additionally traditional Mexican cuisine will be offered throughout the evening. Browse through unique silent auction items as you enjoy wines from the open bar in the incomparably beautiful OAS building.

Danzón No. 2 by Arturo Márquez
Homenaje a Federico García Lorca by Silvestre Revueltas
Huapango by José Pablo Moncayo García

Since 1992, Neeta Helms has built Classical Movements into a premier music touring company, offering services to world-class orchestras and choruses, world-renowned conductors, composers and soloists, as well as numerous celebrated institutions. Neeta has led trailblazing tours all over the world including Russia, only a year after the fall of the Soviet Union.  In spite of constant challenges, Neeta has made a deliberate effort to take ensembles to frequently overlooked destinations, currently operating in 145 countries. Neeta is especially attracted to meaningful and pioneering projects such as the Cuban-American Youth Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra’s historic tours to Cuba and South Africa.  Other notable projects include bringing musicians from the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra to Washington, D.C. in the early days of the war and arranging for musicians in 65 countries to participate in the YouTube Symphony Orchestras in New York and Sydney.

Neeta has traveled to 98 countries and maintains strong professional and personal relationships around the world. In 2014, Classical Movements was awarded the BCA10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America; Neeta was named one of Musical America’s 2017 Movers & Shapers and has been nominated for the 2019 Classical:NEXT Innovation Award.

Photo Credit: Shannon Finney

Neeta Helms
Founder and CEO, Classical Movements

About the Artwork
Heroes and Artists Come to the Pan American Union to be Consecrated, 1962
Asilia Guillen (Nicaragua, 1887-1964)

Collection AMA | Art Museum of Americas
Gift of José Gómez Sicre

Printed with permission from the Art Museum of the Americas.
The Pan American Union is the modern day Organization of American States.


Host Committee

Morris Deutsch, Chair
Dianne Peterson, Vice Chair
Louise Harkavy
Jessica Markham
Phil Mazzara
Juan Montesinos
Trevor Rudolph
Ryuji Ueno
Sarah Wilson
Ann Yonemura
Warren Stone
Grace Cho, Executive Director
Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, Artistic Director

ArtsMatter Committee

Ambassador Jorge Lomónaco,
The Permanent Representative of Mexico to the OAS
Alberto Fierro Garza,
Minister of Culture at the Mexican Embassy to the United States
Seymour Bernstein
Ann and Knight Kiplinger
Sachiko Kuno
Libby Larsen
Susan and David Rockefeller, Jr.
Dietlinde Turban Maazel
Ryuji Ueno
Pablo Zuñiga

NOWfest Raffle: It’s Worth a Shot!

New to NOWfest is our one-of-a-kind raffle. Each ticket is entered for a chance to win one of three prizes. Winner NEED NOT BE PRESENT at NOWfest, so purchase your raffle tickets now! Online sales will close approximately 48 hours prior to raffle drawing.

1st Prize | The Ultimate Bar *(see below for full list of items)
2nd Prize | Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe Coffee Maker
3rd Prize | Sodastream Fizzi Cordless Sparkling Water Maker


  1. Must be 21 years old to purchase with a valid ID

  2. Raffle will be drawn at 9:15PM on March 30th at the Organization of American States

  3. Need not be present to win.  If winner is not present, they will be notified within 7 days

  4. All Prize must be claimed within 30 days

  5. All purchased tickets will be entered, and winners selected at random

  6. There is no limit on the number of tickets purchased

  7. Tickets may be purchased by credit card only

  8. Odds of winning are 1:333

  9. This raffle is conducted according to the rules of the District of Columbia and is licensed by the Office of Lottery and Charitable Games


*Everything you need to start your Ultimate Bar! Includes: Angostura Bitters, Scrappy's Orange Bitters, Peychaud's Bitters, Luxardo Maraschino Cherries, Cointreau, Dolin Dry Vermouth, Dolin Rouge Vermouth, Plymouth Gin, Johnny Drum Bourbon Whiskey, Sazerac Rye Whiskey, Mount Gay "Eclipse" Rum, Belvedere Vodka, Espolon Reposado Tequila, plus recipe book Batch Cocktails: Make-Ahead Pitcher Drinks by Maggie Hoffman