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