In D. C., you can hear several orchestras that focus primarily on traditional classical music. N.O. W.-The New Orchestra of Washington is perhaps the newest ensemble who’s goal is to perform music that will have a wide reaching impact to a diverse audience of music lovers. Founded by local performers and husband-wife team Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez and Grace Cho, N.O.W. will present the first concert of its inaugural season on Sunday, September 30, 4 p.m. at Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ. in Bethesda.
“It’s a new venture, connected closely to several local arts organizations…Grace was with The Washington Chorus and I was with Choral Arts. We were both learning how these organizations operate and now applying these experiences,” shared Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, who serves as artistic director.
Themed “A Toast to Season One,” the inaugural concert of the new ensemble will present music that is festive in nature. Valdez spoke further about the repertoire performed on the program. “We wanted the program to be diverse and of high quality, especially for those coming to an orchestra concert for the first time. For our very first season we wanted something celebratory..the idea of food and beverage connected to music,” he explained.
Listen to a recent radio interview about the upcoming concert.
Hernandez-Valdez is a highly acclaimed solo and chamber pianist, orchestral and choral conductor, composer and arranger. In addition to being the Artistic Director of the New Orchestra of Washington he is Director of Music at Westmoreland Congregational UCC in Bethesda, Maryland. Formerly, he was Associate Conductor of Choral Arts Society of Washington, working with the esteemed conductor Norman Scribner for several seasons.
Co-founder Grace Cho has built a versatile career covering solo, chamber, instrumental, vocal and choral accompanying, instrumental and vocal coaching, and conducting. She is a Vocal/Opera Coach at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia and piano faculty at the Levine School of Music where she also serves as Associate Chair of the Piano Department’s Special Events. Cho previously was with The Washington Chorus as associate conductor and pianist.
The concert program include Peter Maxwell Davies’ “Fanfare for Lowry” performed by the James Madison University trumpet studio and NOW members Chris and Christine Carrillo, “Cafe Music” by Paul Schoenfield, Aaron Jay Kernis’ highly innovative “Le Quattro Stagioni Dalla Cucina Futurismo” for piano trio and narrator and “La Revue de Cuisine” by Bohuslav Martinu.
The New Orchestra of Washington’s “A Toast to Season One”
Sunday, Sept. 30, 4 p.m.
Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816
240-293-6931/email: NewOrchestraofWashington@gmail.com; For tickets and more information, click here.