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Festejo de Día de los Muertos
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

Festejo de Día de los Muertos

Me gustas cuando callas 
Brahms: A German Requiem
Laura Choi Stuart, soprano
Brian Mextorf, baritone
Choral Arts Society Chamber Singers

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.

The program opens with Me gustas cuando callas, a gentle a capella piece on a beautiful poem by Pablo Neruda.  It’s followed by Brahms’s Requiem, which features soprano Laura Choi Stuart, baritone Brian Mextorf, and the Choral Arts Society Chamber Singers.

Come celebrate life and remember those who have passed before us with this beautiful display of sight and sound.

 The event will include a post-concert reception with all musicians.


Laura Choi Stuart, soprano

Laura Choi Stuart, soprano

Brian Mextorf, baritone

Brian Mextorf, baritone

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Día de los Muertos
Nov
10
4:00 PM16:00

Día de los Muertos

Me gustas cuando callas 
Brahms: A German Requiem
Laura Choi Stuart, soprano
Brian Mextorf, baritone
Choral Arts Society Chamber Singers

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.

The program opens with Me gustas cuando callas, a gentle a capella piece on a beautiful poem by Pablo Neruda.  It’s followed by Brahms’s Requiem, which features soprano Laura Choi Stuart, baritone Brian Mextorf, and the Choral Arts Society Chamber Singers.

Come celebrate life and remember those who have passed before us with this beautiful display of sight and sound.


Laura Choi Stuart, soprano

Laura Choi Stuart, soprano

Brian Mextorf, baritone

Brian Mextorf, baritone

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Outside the Bachs: A Holiday Concert!
Dec
13
8:00 PM20:00

Outside the Bachs: A Holiday Concert!

Hector Villa-Lobos: Aria from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 51 
Bizet: Jeux d’Enfants (Children’s Games) 
Tchaikovsky/Farrington: The Nutcracker Suite

Laura Choi Stuart, soprano

‘Tis the season, but think outside the Bachs with a family-friendly musical tour spanning the entire globe!

Laura Choi Stuart, soprano

Laura Choi Stuart, soprano

We’ll start out in Brazil with Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasilerias, which combines Brazilian folk and pop music with that of Bach.  Soprano Laura Choi Stuart then leads us to Germany with Bach’s Cantata BWV 51.  France is next with Bizet’s Jeux d’Enfants, a collection of whimsical songs inspired by children’s games. And our grand finale brings us Russia and 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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Outside the Bachs: A Holiday Concert!
Dec
15
5:00 PM17:00

Outside the Bachs: A Holiday Concert!

Hector Villa-Lobos: Aria from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 51 
Bizet: Jeux d’Enfants (Children’s Games) 
Tchaikovsky/Farrington: The Nutcracker Suite

Laura Choi Stuart, soprano

‘Tis the season, but think outside the Bachs with a family-friendly musical tour spanning the entire globe!

Laura Choi Stuart, soprano

Laura Choi Stuart, soprano

We’ll start out in Brazil with Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasilerias, which combines Brazilian folk and pop music with that of Bach.  Soprano Laura Choi Stuart then leads us to Germany with Bach’s Cantata BWV 51.  France is next with Bizet’s Jeux d’Enfants, a collection of whimsical songs inspired by children’s games. And our grand finale brings us Russia and 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
8:00 PM20:00

A Poet’s Love: It’s Complicated!

Schumann: Dichterliebe
Devony Smith, soprano
Christian Jost: Dichterliebe

Vale Rideout, tenor

Come experience the evolving meaning of love this Valentine’s Day weekend!

Robert Schumann wrote Dichterliebe (A Poet’s Love) in 1840 for voice and piano.  The texts for his songs come from poet Heinrich Heine’s Lyrisches Intermezzo.  This song cycle is considered part of the central core of the genre in musical literature.

It gets reinterpreted for 21st century by composer Christian Jost, who rewrote the famous song cycle for his wife, Mezzo soprano Stella Doufexis.In 2014, Stella had previously recorded Dichterliebe, which was unusual since the piece is traditionally sung by a male voice. Tragically, while Jost was writing his “reimagined” version, Stella passed away from an aggressive form of cancer.

Charged with the pain of her death, Christian Jost completed his own version of Dichterliebe in 2019 for voice and 11 instruments, raising essential questions about the nature of creativity and the role played by suffering in art.

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


Devony Smith, soprano

Devony Smith, soprano

Vale Rideout, tenor Photo Credit: James Farley

Vale Rideout, tenor
Photo Credit: James Farley

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A Poet’s Love: It’s Complicated!
Feb
15
4:00 PM16:00

A Poet’s Love: It’s Complicated!

Schumann: Dichterliebe
Devony Smith, soprano
Christian Jost: Dichterliebe

Vale Rideout, tenor

Come experience the evolving meaning of love this Valentine’s Day weekend!

Robert Schumann wrote Dichterliebe (A Poet’s Love) in 1840 for voice and piano.  The texts for his songs come from poet Heinrich Heine’s Lyrisches Intermezzo.  This song cycle is considered part of the central core of the genre in musical literature.

It gets reinterpreted for 21st century by composer Christian Jost, who rewrote the famous song cycle for his wife, Mezzo soprano Stella Doufexis.In 2014, Stella had previously recorded Dichterliebe, which was unusual since the piece is traditionally sung by a male voice. Tragically, while Jost was writing his “reimagined” version, Stella passed away from an aggressive form of cancer.

Charged with the pain of her death, Christian Jost completed his own version of Dichterliebe in 2019 for voice and 11 instruments, raising essential questions about the nature of creativity and the role played by suffering in art.

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


Devony Smith, soprano

Devony Smith, soprano

Vale Rideout, tenor Photo Credit: James Farley

Vale Rideout, tenor
Photo Credit: James Farley

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Maximus Minimalists
Apr
24
8:00 PM20:00

Maximus Minimalists

Arvo Pärt: Fratres 
Adams: Son of Chamber Symphony 
Glass: Modern Love Waltz 
Górecki: Requiem for a Polka

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. Composer Arvo Pärt’s Fratres encapsulates his observation that ‘the instant and eternity are struggling within us.’  John Adams’s Son of Chamber Symphony and Phillip Glass’s Modern Love Waltz both explore the stylings of America’s popular modern composers. And Henryk Górecki’s Kleines Requiem für eine Polka is filled with contradictions and ironies.  Come see why simple isn’t really simple but rather, so much more! 

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Chiaroscuro
Sep
14
4:00 PM16:00

Chiaroscuro

Górecki: Overture & Farewell 
Bacewicz: Concerto for String Orchestra 
Herman: Psyscho Suite for Strings 
Shostakovich: Concerto for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings 

“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.

The use of contrast is equally as important in music. In NOW’s season opener, we explore four outstanding musical works that embrace contrast in their musical narratives and confront the listener with tension and conflict before eventually restoring balance.

The Górecki and Bacewicz pieces strive to combine tradition with modernity, while Herman’s Pyscho Suite, the famous soundtrack to Alfred Hitchcock’s cinema classic, follows one man’s descent into madness. Finally, Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto is a stunning display of virtuosic brilliance where two solo instruments, piano and trumpet, compete and duet with one another.


 
Ryo Yanagitani, piano

Ryo Yanagitani, piano

Chris Carrillo, trumpet

Chris Carrillo, trumpet

 
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Into the Light
Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

Into the Light

Music. Space. Resonance.

Explore a world of immersive soundscapes and projections featuring resonance and sound-painting that will envelop the audience.

PLEASE NOTE: All tickets to "Into the Light" will be sold through Choral Arts Society of Washington. 

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Into the Light
Apr
5
8:00 PM20:00

Into the Light

Music. Space. Resonance.

Explore a world of immersive soundscapes and projections featuring resonance and sound-painting that will envelop the audience.

PLEASE NOTE: All tickets to "Into the Light" will be sold through Choral Arts Society of Washington. 

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Eroica
Feb
17
7:00 PM19:00

Eroica

Pianist Ryo Yanagitani performs Chopin's 1st piano concerto with the New Orchestra of Washington. Beethoven's immortal third symphony follows an intermission.

Program
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1
     Ryo Yanagitani, soloist
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major, Op. 55, Eroica

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(NYC) End of the War to End All Wars
Nov
11
5:00 PM17:00

(NYC) End of the War to End All Wars

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, World War I – the Great War – ended.  The New Orchestra of Washington, Washington Master Chiorale, and Music Viva NY commemorate this solemn occasion one hundred years later with a co-commission from acclaimed American composer Joseph Turrin, based on texts by war poets. The program also features works by Holst and and Ravel, both composers directly affected by World War I.

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End of the War to End All Wars
Nov
10
5:00 PM17:00

End of the War to End All Wars

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, World War I – the Great War – ended.  The New Orchestra of Washington, Washington Master Chiorale, and Music Viva NY commemorate this solemn occasion one hundred years later with a co-commission from acclaimed American composer Joseph Turrin, based on texts by war poets. The program also features works by Holst and and Ravel, both composers directly affected by World War I.

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Festejo de Día de los Muertos
Nov
4
4:00 PM16:00

Festejo de Día de los Muertos

Join NOW in celebrating Día de los Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration, with Mozart’s magnificent Requiem in D minor (mass for the dead), featuring The Choral Arts Society of Washington, and NOW’s string-quartet-in-residence, the Aeolus Quartet. The event will include pre-concert drinks beginning at 4PM, and also post-concert reception with all musicians.

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Side-By-Side Concert
Jun
24
4:00 PM16:00

Side-By-Side Concert

Join us for a powerful performance of Beethoven's 7th Symphony, performed by NOW faculty musicians and NOWsummer participants seating side by side, conducted by NOW's Artistic Director, Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez. Bring the whole family for this joyous concert and enjoy a picnic style dinner at the lawn with musicians and Aix la Chapelle's many furry residents of chickens, goats, sheep, and mini donkeys!

Program:
BEETHOVEN Coriolan Overture, Op. 72
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92

Tickets: $35

 

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NOWsummer Faculty Concert
Jun
23
5:00 PM17:00

NOWsummer Faculty Concert

Featuring the NOWsummer faculty, enjoy the program inspired by nature on a warm summer's evening in a beautifully restored rustic barn at Aix la Chapelle. This concert is followed by a catered dinner with participants and musicians.

Program:
ADAMS In a Treeless Space, Only Snow
HOLST St. Paul Suite
COPLAND Appalachian Spring

Tickets: $65

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