2016–2017 Season

This will be a big, bold season for NMNC, featuring the largest group of visiting artists we've ever had, a world premiere, and drummers versus singers in an outdoor extravaganza. Pianist Kathleen Supové will make her fifth appearance, this time with violinist Jennifer Choi and guitarist James Moore for a New Music Cabaret. Da Capo Chamber Players and ensemble mise-en will present vastly different chamber works, and members of the New College and local communities will perform two experimental works by Cornelius Cardew. Finally, Greenfield Prize winner Bobby Previte and a diverse group of musicians will give the first performances of a piece he is writing right now.

As always, our concerts last about one hour and have no intermission.

We offer Pre-concert Talks at 7:30 (2:30 for the Saturday, April 22 matinee concert), so concert-goers can get some extra context if they want to arrive a bit early. And to provide opportunities for even deeper insight into the programs and the performers, we will present five free Artist Conversations (Thursdays at 5 p.m.) throughout the season. Click here to read more about our Artist Conversations.

And stick around after the concerts—we have free post-concert receptions, where our artists and our audience can interact and continue the conversation (at Club Sudakoff and the PepsiCo Arcade the receptions will be concurrent with the concert, but you’ll still have opportunities to talk with the performers).

We present our programs in both traditional and non-traditional venues on the New College campus. Subscriptions for the five-concert series are $60, with single tickets priced at $15. See our Reservations page for details or click here to purchase tickets.

Tickets are FREE for New College students, faculty, and staff (just bring your NCF ID to the concerts). For the first time we're offering free admission to students, faculty, and staff of all C4 institutions (USF Sarasota-Manatee, Ringling College of Art & Design, State College of Florida, and Eckerd College) as well as Booker/VPA High school—just bring your school ID.

Our brochure will be available in mid-August. Phone 941-487-4888 or e-mail events@ncf.edu and we'll mail you one, or click here to view it online.

Season Schedule

Kathleen Supové, Jennifer Choi, and James Moore

Jennifer Choi, James Moore, and Kathleen Supové

photo credits: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco, Isabelle Selby,
and Angellos Ioannis Malefakis

Kathleen Supové, Jennifer Choi, and James Moore:
New Music Cabaret

Concert: Saturday, October 1, 8:00 p.m., Club Sudakoff
($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talk: 7:30 p.m.

Artist Conversation: Thursday, September 29, 5:00 p.m., Club Sudakoff (free)

Electrifying pianist Kathleen Supové returns to NMNC, this time with violinist Jennifer Choi and guitarist James Moore, to present a cornucopia of works from John Zorn, Lainie Fefferman, Randall Woolf, Vijay Iyer, and others. There will be solos, duets, and trios throughout the Club Sudakoff space. Come to the cabaret!

“What Ms. Supové is really exploding is the piano recital as we have known it, a mission more radical and arguably more needed.”—The New York Times

“Jennifer Choi did soulful, compelling work on a dissonance-haunted violin concerto."—The New York Times

"(James Moore is an) electric guitar hero."—Time Out New York

Read more here!

Da Capo Chamber Players:
Pierrot Lunaire

Pierrot Lunaire

Performance: Saturday, November 5, 8:00 p.m., Club Sudakoff
Note: There will be English supertitles.
($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talk: 7:30 p.m.

Artist Conversation: Thursday, November 3, 5:00 p.m., Club Sudakoff (free)

Arnold Schoenberg's theatrical tour de force Pierrot Lunaire was radical when it premiered in 1912, and it retains a vivid power to this day. New York's Da Capo Chamber Players have made a specialty of performing not only Pierrot but other works for the same instrumentation (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano, with a vocalist), commissioning and premiering almost one hundred works by composers such as Philip Glass, Milton Babbitt, David Lang, Judith Shatin, and Joan Tower. Soprano Lucy Shelton will join Da Capo for this concert. For Pierrot we will have English supertitles.

". . . the Da Capo musicians gave a hair-raising, theatrical account of Schoenberg's 'Pierrot Lunaire.'"—The New York Times

Read more here!

ensemble mise-en:
Ligeti Piano Concerto

Ensemble Mise-En

ensemble mise-en

photo credit: Julia Hembree

Concert: Saturday, January 21, 8:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion
($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talk: 7:30 p.m.

Artist Conversation: Thursday, January 19, 5:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion (free)

György Ligeti’s influence on contemporary composers is vast, and his Piano Concerto demonstrates why. Full of rollicking polyrhythms, vivid orchestral color, and a playful sense of humor, the Piano Concerto is one Ligeti’s greatest and most appealing creations. Pianist Yumi Suehiro will be featured with ensemble mise-en in a program that will also include Hans Abrahamsen’s Märchenbilder and Crimson Dawn by distinguished New College alum Jason Rosenberg.

“ . . . among the best ensembles of its generation”—New York Times

Read more here!

Cornelius Cardew's
The Great Learning, Paragraph 2

The Great Learning

Concert: Saturday, March 4, 8:00 p.m., PepsiCo Arcade
($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talk: 7:30 p.m.

Special Event: Free Performance of The Great Learning, Paragraph 7 Friday, March 3, 4:00 p.m., Jane Bancroft Cook Library

Artist Conversation: Thursday, March 2, 5:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion (free)

Cornelius Cardew, an incredible innovator in experimental music (until his untimely death at age 45) created a series of works based on the text of Confucius's The Great Learning, each for different combinations of musicians. Paragraph 2 calls for groups dispersed over a space—here our outdoor PepsiCo Arcade—each group consisting of one drummer and a number of singers, who proceed through the music independently. You can think of it as competitions between each drummer and associated singers, and also between all the groups.

In addition to the Saturday concert, we'll also offer a free performance of Paragraph 7, for vocalists, Friday afternoon in New College's library. Come and watch, or join us as a singer (all you need to be able to do is to match someone else's pitch).

Read more here!

Bobby Previte:
(Terminals Part II: In Transit)

Bobby Previte

Bobby Previte

photo credit: Michael DiDonna

Concerts: Friday, April 21, 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 22, 3:00 p.m.,
Mildred Sainer Pavilion ($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talks: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday

Artist Conversation: Thursday, April 20, 5:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion (free)

Composer/drummer Bobby Previte was awarded the 2015 Greenfield Prize by the Hermitage Artist Retreat to compose a new work, and NMNC will present the world premiere twice, Friday and Saturday. Previte calls the work a Rhapsody for Acoustic Sextet, and he’ll be joined by Nels Cline on acoustic guitar, John Medeski on piano, Greg Osby on alto sax, Zeena Parkins on harp, and Jen Shyu on voice and erhu (a Chinese fiddle).

“. . . an impossible-to-confine musician whose work span[s] jazz, scorching rock-like bands, all-improvisation collectives, large-ensemble pieces, a long-running duo with guitarist Charlie Hunter, and more.”—The Boston Globe

Read more here!

Special Events

NOW ENsemble

NOW Ensemble

photo credit: Sarah Holm

NOW Ensemble:

Concert: Friday, October 7, 5:30 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion (free)

NOW Ensemble, which includes Visiting Assistant Professor Mark Dancigers as electric guitarist and composer, returns to New College for the third time to perform a program of music by New College students Jackie Christie and Josh Smith and alums Susanna Payne-Passmore '12 and Erich Barganier '14.

NOW Ensemble is particularly moved to work with Payne-Passmore and Barganier, who founded the student group New Ensemble while students at NCF after attending NOW Ensemble's first NMNC concert in 2010. Payne-Passmore and Barganier both received Fulbright grants after graduation and are currently active composers and musicians.

The Sarasota Wind Quintet

The Sarasota Wind Quintet

The Sarasota Wind Quintet:
Music by New College Student Composers

Concert: Sunday, April 9, 4:00 p.m., College Hall Music Room (free)

In collaboration with the Sarasota Wind Quintet, one of the chamber groups of the Sarasota Orchestra, a number of New College students will take compositions from workshop stage through final completion. Come hear the newest of the new—young composers offering fresh compositions, performed by a first-rate ensemble!

Electronic Music Class Concert:
The Final Projects

Concert: Wednesday, May 17, 7:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion (free)

As the culmination of Visiting Assistant Professor Mark Dancigers's Electronic Music class, New College students will present their final projects in a free concert, emphasizing pairings of music and visuals, including short film scores and more.


Tickets are FREE for New College students, faculty, and staff—just bring your NCF ID to the concerts. For everyone else, single event tickets are $15, and season tickets to all five concerts are a bargain at $60. Click here to purchase tickets online. Admission to all of our Artist Conversations as well as to our Special Events—the NOW Ensemble concert, the Student Composers Concert, and the Electronic Music Concert—is free for everyone. Concert admission is also free for students, faculty, and staff of SCF, USF Sarasota-Manatee, Ringling College of Art & Design, Eckerd College, and Booker/VPA High School—please bring your school ID. Visit our Reservations page for details.

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All NMNC venues are ramp accessible.

Contact Us

Want info on upcoming events? Want to be added to our email and/or snail-mail lists? Contact us by email at events@ncf.edu or phone (941) 487-4888.

Have a response to one of our events? Email feedback@newmusicnewcollege.org.

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Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

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Our visiting artists are paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenues.

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