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Concert: Wednesday, April 6, 8:00 p.m. EDT
PepsiCo Arcade Moved to the Mildred Sainer Pavilion due to threat of rain
Pre-concert talk: 7:30 p.m.
New Music New College is pleased to present the outstanding chamber music group, yMusic to open New Music New College NewFest in 2022. Experiencing the sound, virtuosity, and coordination of this group live is an experience we are eager to share with our audience, especially after circumstances interfered with our planned presentation of the group last year. yMusic has commissioned some of the most exciting composers working today, including Andrew Norman, Missy Mazzoli, and Gabriella Smith, and has also composed music together as a group. Their sound has attracted collaborations from artists such a Paul Simon, Bill T. Jones, and Sufjan Stevens, and this program will feature works from their extensive repertoire of specially designed and finely wrought chamber pieces.
The live-stream of the Artist Conversation will appear here, Monday at 5 p.m. EDT
yMusic, “six contemporary classical polymaths who playfully overstep the boundaries of musical genres,” (The New Yorker) performs in concert halls, arenas and clubs around the world. Founded in New York City in 2008, yMusic believes in presenting excellent, emotionally communicative music, regardless of style or idiom. “One of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music,” (Fred Child, NPR’s Performance Today) their virtuosic execution and unique configuration (string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet) has attracted the attention of high profile collaborators—from Paul Simon to Bill T. Jones to Ben Folds—and inspired original works by some of today’s foremost composers, including Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli and Andrew Norman.
Last season, yMusic debuted a major new work, Difference, by Grawemayer and GRAMMY-winning composer Andrew Norman, set out on a US tour with singer-songwriter Bruce Hornsby, and released Ecstatic Science, their fourth full-length album. The recording, one of Pitchfork’s “6 New Albums You Should Listen to Now,” features music by Missy Mazzoli, Gabriella Smith, Paul Wiancko, and Caroline Shaw. Pitchfork praised the group for its “excellent taste in collaborating with composers” and for creating an album of “fluidly engaging” work. Due to global restrictions on nonessential travel and gatherings, yMusic took the 2020-21 season to work on their own, collaborative compositions, recorded remotely. The ensemble plans to release an album of original work in late 2021.
photo credit: Graham Tolbert
Other recent highlights include a sold out show at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, a collaborative album release with The Staves on Nonesuch Records, a recording of God Only Knows with John Legend for the Grammy Awards, and summer appearances at the Sarasota Music Festival and Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. yMusic is also featured on You've Got Time by Regina Spektor, the main title theme for the final season of Netflix's Orange Is The New Black.
yMusic’s other recordings include 2017’s First, 2014’s Balance Problems, and 2011’s Beautiful Mechanical, Time Out New York’s “#1 Classical Record of the Year.” In addition to performing their own repertoire, yMusic serves as a ready-made collaborative unit for bands and songwriters, and has lent its distinctive sound to dozens of albums, including In The Blue Light by Paul Simon, with whom the group appeared on Saturday Night Live, and toured arenas, amphitheaters, and outdoor festivals across the globe as featured guests on Paul Simon's Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour.
Video of yMusic performing Gabriella Smith's Tessellations
Tickets are FREE for New College students, faculty, and staff—just bring your NCF ID to the concerts.
For everyone else, single Salon tickets are $10, the yMusic, Sorey/Curtis, and JIJI concerts are $15 each, and season tickets to all salons and concerts are a bargain at $60. Click here to purchase tickets on line or visit our Tickets page for other ways to purchase tickets.
Concert admission is also free for students, faculty, and staff of SCF, USF Sarasota-Manatee, Ringling College of Art & Design, Eckerd College, FSU/Asolo Conservatory, and Booker High School—please bring your school ID. Students at other schools can purchase tickets at the concerts for $5 by showing a school ID.
Admission to our Artist Conversations and the two Student Composers concerts is free for everyone.
All NMNC venues are ramp accessible.
This season is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts & Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
Support for this season is provided by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.