Artistic Director's Welcome

Welcome to our 2019-2020 season! We are proud to see that after seven seasons filled with memorable moments, enriching encounters, and stimulating challenges, our baby, the New Orchestra of Washington, has grown up into a confident, thoughtful, and beloved member of the musical community. It feels like it was just yesterday when Grace and I were on a trip across the United States and came up with the idea to bring a new concept of music performance and management for the Greater Washington area. 

We are extremely grateful for your generous support over the years, and looking forward to sharing another year of great music and deeply meaningful performances with you!

Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez

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Sep. 14, 2019 | 4:00 PM

“Chiaroscuro,” the Italian word for “light-dark,” is the treatment of light and shadow in paintings. The technique, pioneered by artists like Rembrandt, achieves a life-like, three-dimensional effect through the use of contrasting shades and colors. Featuring Ryo Yanagitani, piano, and Chris Carrillo, trumpet.

Nov. 9, 2019 | 7:00 PM

Festejo de Día de los Muertos has become a NOW tradition! In addition to the performance of Brahms’ Requiem, this special evening includes a post-concert reception, catered by Angeles Catering with wine curated by Grand Cata.

Nov. 10, 2019 | 4:00 PM

Día de los Muertos, Spanish for “Day of the Dead,” is a beloved Mexican holiday where family and friends gather to pray and remember those who have died and help support their spiritual journey. During this time, the Mexican Cultural Institute in DC creates an elaborate ofrenda—a collection of objects placed on a ritual display—creating the perfect backdrop and inspiration for NOW’s annual Día de los Muertos concert.


Outside the Bachs:

A Holiday Concert!

Dec. 13, 2019 | 8:00 PM
Dec. 15, 2019 | 4:00 PM

‘Tis the season, but think outside the Bachs with a family-friendly musical tour spanning the entire globe! The finale brings us one of the most beloved of holiday traditions, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. You’ll be in the holiday spirit in no time!

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A Poet’s Love:
It’s Complicated

Feb. 14, 2020 | 8:00 PM
Feb. 15, 2020 | 4:00 PM

Experience the evolving meaning of love as we journey from Robert Schumann’s original Dichterliebe into the modern, deconstructed and deeply personal version of Christian Jost, featuring soprano Devony Smith and tenor, Vale Rideout.

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Maximus Minimalist

April 24, 2020 | 8:00 PM

Are you ready to be hypnotized by the Maximus Minimalists? Join us for a powerful exploration of the giants of the minimalist movement. But don’t be misled: minimalism does not mean boring and contentless. Works by Glass, Adams, Górecki, and Pärt.

Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin, so familiar to me from the Balanchine ballet of the same title, was given what can only be described as a gorgeous performance by the New Orchestra of Washington. Maestro Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez drew rich, warm sounds from the musicians: the strings are splendid, the solos wind players excellent (notably Stephen Key, oboe, and Lillian Copeland, English Horn), the harpist (Eric Sabatino) sublime.
— Oberon's Grove