New Music New College

New Music New College (NMNC) is an extension of the music program at New College that presents five programs of contemporary, avant-garde and experimental music each year.

New Music New College is an extension of the music program at New College that presents five programs of contemporary, avant-garde and experimental music each year. Some of our programs feature world-class professionals; some include New College students as performers and/or composers/developers. All are designed to expand the boundaries of music and performance and to explore the new while contextualizing the present and the past. And all NMNC events are free for New College students, faculty and staff.

Under the direction of Provost and Professor of Music Stephen Miles, students have worked in collaboration to produce programs of new experimental music; performed works by John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Steve Reich and others; played in rock bands with members of the Sarasota Orchestra as guests; and had master classes with some of the best professional contemporary composers and performers of our time.

Most NMNC programs have an Artist Conversation the day before a concert, where the performers (and sometimes composers) discuss their work and demonstrate techniques involved with producing and performing the upcoming pieces. And while some NMNC concerts take place in New College’s 260-seat, acoustically excellent Sainer Pavilion, New Music New College likes to challenge audience expectations by holding performances in unusual places like the entire ground floor of College Hall, outside on stages surrounding the audience, and in our improvised “Club Sudakoff.”

New Music New College is about the new: the unknown, the unexpected, the unblazed trail.

The 2017-2018 Season

Amernet String Quartet with Rachel Calloway:
Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 2

Saturday, Oct. 7, 8 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion
($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talk: 7:30 p.m.
Artist conversation: Thursday, Oct. 5, 5:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion (free)

Schoenberg’s Second String Quartet is a landmark of 20th century music, encompassing the extended tonality of late Romanticism and early modern atonality. The final two movements of this transporting work include a soprano, who sings, “I feel air of another planet.” Come hear how vibrant and exciting this work is, performed by the Amernet String Quartet with soprano Rachel Calloway.

Special Event: Duo Cortona
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m., College Hall Music Room (free)
The Tuesday before the concert, Calloway (who was here as part of Ekmeles in 2015) and violinist Ari Streisfeld (a longtime friend of NMNC as a founder of the JACK Quartet) will give a free concert in the College Hall Music Room as Duo Cortona, their new project dedicated to the creation of works for mezzo-soprano and violin. Read more here.

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Dis/Embodied

Friday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m., Black Box Theater 
Saturday, Nov. 18, 8 p.m., Black Box Theater 
Sunday, Nov.19, 3 p.m., Black Box Theater 
($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talk: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday
Artist conversation: Thursday, Nov.16, 5 p.m., Black Box Theater (free)

We explore making music with the body — and without the body — in this concert, performed three times in New College’s intimate Black Box Theater. Vinko Globokar’s unsettling ?Corporel (performed by NMNC Director Stephen Miles) is played by the performer on his own body. Luciano Berio’s Thema (Omaggio a Joyce) is a recorded piece based on the Sirens episode of Ulysses, and dancer Xiao-Xuan Yang Dancigers will offer a physical interpretation.

NMNC Producer R. L. Silver will then perform Roger Marsh’s Dum, which fragments and reconfigures texts and also involves hurling pieces of metal into a bucket. In between these solo works, New College students will dance to electronic music pieces composed by other New College students. Read more here.

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Lerner/Filiano/Grassi
Marilyn Lerner, Ken Filiano, and Lou Grassi

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, 8 p.m., Club Sudakoff
($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talk: 7:30 p.m.
Artist conversation: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 5 p.m., Club Sudakoff (free)

Pianist Marilyn Lerner has been to NMNC twice before, and she returns to thrill us with her mastery of extended techniques and her gift for improvisation, this time with bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Lou Grassi. Come to Club Sudakoff and experience music of the moment performed by the best! Read more here.

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It’s Alive!
A Monstrous Circus On Frankenstein

Sunday, March 4, 2018, 4 p.m., Koski Plaza/ACE Building
($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talk: 7:30 p.m.
Artist conversation: Thursday, March 1, 2018, 5 p.m., ACE Building lounge (free)

2018 is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein, and we celebrate by using Mary Shelley’s enormously influential work as the basis of John Cage’s Circus On, a template for turning text into a performance. “It’s Alive! a Monstrous Circus On Frankenstein” will be our live, multimedia presentation, sprawling over the outdoor Koski Plaza and all levels of New College’s ACE building.

New College students, faculty and staff, abetted by ensemblenewSRQ, will sing, declaim, emote, dance, perform and wreak general havoc. Come see the monster if you dare! Read more here.

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Dither
Dither Quartet

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 8 p.m. Mildred Sainer Pavilion
($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talk: 7:30 p.m.
Artist conversation: Thursday, April 19, 2018, 5 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion (free)

Q: When is a string quartet not like a string quartet? A: When it’s a quartet of electric guitarists! NMNC welcomes Dither to end our season, a New York-based electric guitar quartet dedicated to an eclectic mix of experimental repertoire which spans composed music, improvisation, and electronic manipulation. From quiet and intense to raucous and driving, Dither’s performance is sure to expand your musical horizons. Read more here.

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Tickets

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 is free for everyone. Concert admission is also free for students, faculty, and staff of SCF, USF Sarasota-Manatee, Ringling College of Art & Design, FSU/Asolo Conservatory, Eckerd College, and Booker/VPA High School—please bring your school ID. Visit our Reservations page for details.

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