The New Orchestra of Washington celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a unique gala featuring an unforgettable night of Mexican music and cuisine at the Organization of American States on May 2. Directed by Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, the New Orchestra of Washington performed several important Mexican works at the gala, including Suite from Redes by Silverstre Revueltas, Metro Chabacano by Javier Alvarez,Huapango by Jose Pablo Moncayo, Homenaje a Garcia Lorca by Silvestre Revueltas, and Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Marquez. NOWfest 2015: A Musical Celebration of Mexico was hosted by Ambassador Emilio Rabasa Gamboa of the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the Organization of American States.
The New Orchestra of Washington has developed a reputation for innovation with creative programming and an accessible format that offers new audiences an opportunity to experience live orchestral music in an intimate setting. 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.
NOW brings that same focus to their NOWfest 2015: A Musical Celebration of Mexico. Rather than a typical seated dinner punctuated by numerous speeches, patrons will be treated to an affordable evening in an exquisite setting, including an hour-long concert, catered Mexican favorites including Antojitos, a beer and wine reception, and delectable desserts. Held at the Organization of American States, the evening began at 6 p.m. with traditional Mexican fare. Following a short program, guests enjoyed a dessert reception, all while taking in the open halls of the grand venue.