New Orchestra of Washington to Honor Nelson Mandela with ‘Madiba: Watching The Sunset’

By Nicolas Quiroga

The New Orchestra of Washington will honor the memory of the South African human rights leader and anti-apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela, with the premiere of “Madiba: Watching The Sunset.”

The new piece, by the South African composer Mokale Koapeng will be interpreted by South African countertenor Roger O. Isaacs, on March 17, 2022.

They will be joined by the New Orchestra of Washington in a showcase which will also include music by Händel and Tchaikovsky, Mandela’s two favorite composers; The orchestra will also present “Yixesha” by composer Mokale Koapeng.

There will be a panel discussion before the concert headlined by Koapeng and conductor Alejandro Hernández-Valdez, about the interaction of music and community and how all this is connected to Nelson Mandela.

The performance is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artistic Director Alejandro Hernández-Valdez and Executive Director Grace Cho founded the New Orchestra of Washington with the belief that music has the power to connect people and bring communities together.