Thursday, May 26, 2022 @ 7:30pm – 9:30pm (EDT)

New Orchestra of Washington’s Artistic Director Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez conducts this special tenth anniversary concert, dedicated to the most urgent issue for the next decade: nature and the environment. The program includes Threnody to Toki by Takashi Yoshimatsu—a lament for an endangered Japanese bird, Equinox by Joseph Turrin—a celebration of all life on earth, and That thing, which makes the vastness bearable by Turrin—about the connection between science, nature, and our human experience. The final piece of the concert is the full, original version of Appalachian Spring by Copland, to bookend NOW's beginning and the milestone season, as the same piece was performed at NOW's very first concert in June 2012. Through the transformative power of music, NOW would like to inspire its community to recognize the environmental problems faced by all life on earth and to ultimately create change for a better future for our planet. Because The Time is NOW!

Join us at 6:30pm for a special kNOWit panel discussion featuring composer Joseph Turrin, narrator and conservationist David Rockefeller, Jr., conservationist and artist Susan Rockefeller, and NOW Artistic Director and conductor Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez. The concert will follow at 7:30pm.

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