Carmina Burana

The New Orchestra of Washington performs Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, arranged for choir, two pianos, and 5 percussionists. This concert was recorded live on February 10th at Live! at 10th and G by David Gradin Productions. 

Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), conducted by Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez. I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace II. Allegretto III. Presto - Assai meno presto IV. Allegro con brio Recorded by David Gradin Productions at Live! at 10th and G (First UCC) on March 28, 2015.

Miserere mei, Deus

Musica Viva NY Choir performs "Miserere mei, Deus" by Gregorio Allegri, conducted by Artistic Director Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez for the third installment of "Voices in Motion".


Texas Bach Fest Sees Energy Surge With New Director

By Mike Greenberg, June 15, 2017

"The chorus sang with impeccable intonation, crisp German diction, and complete unity. The orchestra produced a full, beautiful sound from the gut strings. Stephen Redfield, the ensemble’s leader and a veteran of many years with this festival, and Gesa Kordes were adept and stylish soloists in the double concerto, played without a conductor. Hernandez-Valdez’s work in the cantatas was scrupulously attentive to baroque practice in matters of technique, but fully contemporary in matters of interpretation. His tempos were fleet, his details bold and dramatic, especially in the cinematic Jesu, meine Freude. One critic is kicking himself for missing the other two Bach bashes." READ MORE>>>


Tales of Two Cities | Culture Spot Montgomery County

By Ellen Wexler, September 7, 2016

"NOW’s ever-growing diverse repertoire includes fresh interpretations of classic works as well as newly commissioned pieces, with 'a focus on symphonic works rearranged' for smaller ensembles–such as the Mahler adaptation that sparked the idea for the group. With a roster of 30 to 50 highly-qualified musicians, the orchestra expands and contracts to accommodate the requirements of various repertoire and venue sizes." READ MORE>>>


2016 Shenandoah Conservatory Alumni Award Recipient

February 28, 2016

“'These prestigious awards honor exceptional alumni who have proven to be leaders in their respective fields,' said Dean of Shenandoah Conservatory Michael Stepniak, Ed.D. 'They have had an extraordinary impact on the arts, education and research, and they serve as an inspiration for our faculty and students.'" READ MORE>>>  


An early Cinco de Mayo celebration with the New Orchestra of Washington

By Joan Weinthaler, May 3, 2015

"The elegant hall in the District was full. The audience, cosseted with pre-concert food and drink, and post-concert dessert and coffee, was appreciative. The music, offered as entertainment for friends, was refreshingly unfamiliar and accessible.

Hernandez-Valdez conducted with the incisive clarity of someone born to the idiom. For this concert, he fielded an ensemble of 25 players heavily weighted toward winds and percussion, and with this orchestral mix, the dance rhythms that infuse Latin American music’s DNA were irresistible." READ MORE>>>