Tenor Robert Baker Joins NOW in a Not-So-Typical Holiday Program Featuring Works by
British Composers Benjamin Britten, Edward Elgar, Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan-Williams
Saturday, December 13 at the First Congregational UCC in Washington, DC
Sunday, December 14 at the Church of the Redeemer in Bethesda, MD
The New Orchestra of Washington presents Off the Britten Path: A Holiday Concert! Saturday,
December 13, at 7 pm, at the First Congregational UCC in Washington, DC and Sunday, December 14, at
5 pm, at the Church of the Redeemer in Bethesda, Maryland. Tenor Robert Baker joins NOW in this
elegant program featuring works by four celebrated British composers: Edward Elgar, Benjamin Britten,
Ralph Vaughan-Williams and Gustav Holst.
The program opens with Elgar’s Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20. Elgar wrote this
charming three-movement piece for his wife in honor of their third wedding anniversary and called it his
favorite work. Composed during WWII, Brittan’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, Op. 31, is a
song cycle containing works by six British poets on the subject of night and all its aspects, both calm and
sinister. Ralph Vaughan-Williams’ The Charterhouse Suite was arranged for string orchestra by James
Brown in collaboration with the composer. The final piece on the program is Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite, Op.
29, No. 2. Originally titled Suite in C, it is the most famous of his works written while he was director of
music at St. Paul’s Girls School.
A central figure in the Washington-area classical music scene tenor Robert Baker has been
featured in more than 43 productions with the Washington National Opera. He has also appeared with the
National Symphony Orchestra and the Washington Concert Opera. Recent career highlights include the
role of Ishmael in the world premiere of Peter Westergaard’s Moby Dick at Princeton University which
was recorded for Albany Records and his Metropolitan Opera debut in Prokofiev’s War and Peace, which
he recorded during the Spoleto Festival’s production on the Chandos label. Baker is proud to have sung
with all the major choral organizations in Washington, DC, and is the Director of Performance Studies at
The George Washington University.
Directed by Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, the New Orchestra of Washington is dedicated to
making music relevant to new generations of audiences through virtuosic performances that combine a
diversity of genres with fresh interpretations of classic works. Unconstrained by the structure or repertoire
of traditional orchestras, NOW offers its audience the opportunity to get up close and personal with works
usually reserved for symphony orchestras in cavernous halls. Founded in 2012 by rising stars of the
Washington area’s professional community, NOW is a chamber symphony of extraordinary musicians
whose skill embodies mutual respect and admiration for each other’s artistry and a common belief in the
importance of revitalizing the role of music in our lives.
Tickets for Off the Brittan Path: A Holiday Concert! may be purchased by calling 240-235-5088
or online at neworchestraofwashington.org Adult tickets are $30, youth tickets, from ages 13 to 18, are
$15, and children under 12 are free.
OFF THE BRITTEN PATH: A HOLIDAY CONCERT!
New Orchestra of Washington
Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, music director
Robert Baker, tenor
EDWARD ELGAR Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20
BENJAMIN BRITTEN Serenade for Tenor, Horn and String Orchestra
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Charterhouse Suite
GUSTAV HOLST St. Paul Suite for strings
Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7 pm
First Congregational UCC
945 G Street, NW Washington, DC 20001
Sunday, December 14, 2014, 5 pm
The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
6201 Dunrobbin Drive at MacArthur Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20816
General Admission: Adults $30 in advance, $35 at the door; Youth (13-18) $15; Under 12 Free
Nearly 50 of the area’s renowned chefs, mixologists and vintners will sample their best creations at the 18th Annual Signature Chefs Gala presented by Dixon Hughes Goodman and TTR Sotheby’s International.
Mike Isabella, celebrity chef/owner of G, Graffiato, Kapnos and Kapnos Taverna, served as the event’s honorary chef. Jo-Jo Valenzuela of DC Craft Bartenders Guild returned as the cocktail chair. Proceeds support the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
The event featured an array of adventurous foods, as always. Big on this year’s menus across the many restaurants participating were oysters–there were many options from which to choose! Additionally, mushrooms made an auspicious appearance, perfectly seasonal for DC’s chilly weather.
“It’s an honor to work with the March of Dimes, and I can’t think of a more important cause than healthy babies,” said Mark Lowham, 2014 March of Dimes Signature Chef Gala chair. “The generous contributions of the restaurants, bars, wineries, sponsors and attendees will help fund vital research and community programs to save lives.”
Since 1996, the event has raised more than $1 million to ensure the health of babies. Each year, the March of Dimes Maryland-National Capital Area Chapter invests in mission initiatives, including research, education and community programs. Through these efforts, the March of Dimes strives to help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.
The presenting sponsors of this year’s fabulous event were TTR Sotheby’s International (presenting sponsor), Dixon Hughes Goodman; DC Magazine, Washington Informer and Infinitive.
Washingtonian hosts our third annual whiskey and fine spirits festival, On the Rocks, on December 3, 2014. Guests will enjoy a live DJ, delectable fare from Union Market’s vendors and Amphora Catering, and sips of premium whiskey, Scotch, malt, bourbon, rum, vodka, gin, tequila, and much more. This high-end tasting costs $65 to attend.
Join the NYU Washington, DC community for the 2nd Annual Toys for Tots Charity Event!
Last year, over eleven-thousand dollars was raised in support of this charity!
The entry fee is $30, which includes open bar, DJ D-Mac, light food, and fun! Guests are invited to take part in the silent auction with a variety of items. Plus, there will be Marines on site!
We would like to thank all of our sponsors: Geppetto Catering, Rural Society, Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, Sprinkles Cupcakes, KIND Healthy Snacks, Compass Coffee, Filibuster Bourbon, Honest Tea, Washington Nationals, W Hotel DC, Renaissance DC Downtown Hotel, and Compass Coffee!
Please RSVP for this event, as space is limited. Major credit cards and cash will be accepted at the door. You can prepay by making a donation at the Toys for Tots website, however you must bring your receipt to be granted entry.
The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The NYU Washington, DC community is helping to support this program with the Annual Toys for Tots Charity Ball. NYU Washington, DC at 1307 L Street, NW is a collection point for new and unwrapped toys. This site is open from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday for donations. Gifts will also be accepted the evening of the charity event on November 21, 2014. Contact (202) 654-8327 if you would like to arrange a special event with your company or organization to collect toys.