New College initiative flourishes along Florida’s creative coast

Funded by a five-year $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New College: Connecting the Arts and Humanities on Florida’s Creative Coast seeks to foster a deeper understanding of the arts and humanities through new programs at New College and with local arts organizations and the Cross College Alliance. Through the expansion of existing public programs and a new series of open seminars, the local community is invited to hear from — and speak with — faculty scholars and artists who are renowned in their fields.

As we pivot to an online platform, we invite you to register in advance to receive access to our event codes. Please check the website periodically for the addition of new events.

Unless otherwise noted all events are free and open to the public

2020 Fall Season Events

September:

New Music New College Presents:  JACK Quartet

Available through October 31st  Online Performance  l  Watch Here

 

Due to the pandemic, what we had intended to be the final concert of last season could not be presented in person; but the fabulous  JACK Quartet will perform it and stream the video to you! We are pleased to announce this special event, Co-Presented by New Music New College and Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center, New York City. Like New Music New College, the Kaufman Music Center believes that “music is essential to the human experience and a vital component of education for everyone.” Working with Kaufman, New Music New College is excited to unveil our first digital event of the fall, shot with several angles of video and recorded in full multi-track audio.


Long recognized as one of the world’s premiere new music ensembles,
JACK Quartet was named Musical America’s 2018 “Ensemble of the Year,” and in 2019 received a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. JACK made its NMNC debut in 2008, and has become a favorite through subsequent appearances, which have included a performance of music composed by New College alums and an unforgettable performance of Georg Friedrich Haas’s String Quartet No. 3, performed in total darkness in the Black Box Theater. For this special streamed concert JACK will perform Zosha di Castri’s String Quartet, Marcos Balter’s Chambers, Anthony Braxton’s Composition 18, Clara Iannotta’s A Failed Entertainment, and George Lewis’s String Quartet 2.5.

TDPS & [performance@new college] presents: The (M)others

Thur & Fri, Sept. 17 & 18  8:00 p.m.  l  Online Performance RSVP HERE
Fri, Sept. 25  l   9:00 p.m  l  Online Performance  l  RSVP HERE
Sun, Sept. 27   7:00 p.m.  Online Performance  RSVP HERE


An oral history performance produced in collaboration with San Jose State University and presented on Zoom. The (M)others explores the stories of four women brought together by the unimaginable experience of losing a loved one at the hands of police.  This documentary performance weaves together their interviews to explore the traumatic effect of the event on their lives.  Through their memories, we are introduced to a young man with dreams of playing professional football, a new father just getting to know his son, a former addict on the brink of turning his life around, and a sixteen-year-old shot just before his seventeenth birthday.  The (M)others bring their untold stories to the stage.

This production is made possible by the sponsorship  of [Performance @ New College] and the Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies Program at New College of Florida.

Latinx Heritage Month presents: Virtual Museum: Student Art and Photography Exhibit

Sept. 23 – Oct. 15  Virtual Exhibit ACCESS EXHIBIT HERE

The link will take you directly to the virtual exhibit, no reservation required. 


Check out our Virtual Museum which houses a room filled with LatinX Student art pieces and a room dedicated to LatinX professional photographers! 

 

LatinX Heritage Month 2020 at NCF is celebrated annually in the United States from September 15 to October 15. At New College, we recognize and celebrate the contributions of people of all LatinX identities during this time. Due to COVID-19, all events will take place virtually.

Latinx Heritage Month presents: Postcards from the Edge: A conversation with Photographer Alejandro Meter

Wed, Sept. 30  6:00 – 7:30 p.m. EST  l  Online Lecture RSVP HERE FOR ZOOM LINK

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A presentation of photographs of writers along the US-Mexico border, and Alejandro Meter’s more recent work on photographs in the time of Covid. Alejandro has been photographing writers remotely during the pandemic, offering us a view into the lives of writers during quarantine; a fascinating work that expands our notion of borders by making portraits of writers from different corners of the world.

Alejandro Meter is a freelance photographer based in San Diego, California, born in Argentina and raised in the US. He specializes in portrait photography. His academic interests in Latin American and US Latinx cultures clearly inform his approach to photography. For the last few years, he has been photographing Latin American writers in a variety of contexts such as portraiture in the US-Mexico borderlands, Crime Fiction Writers, and the Latin American Jewish Diaspora, among others, shooting almost always on location. His work has appeared in both print and digital media in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. He has also exhibited in the United States, Mexico, and Argentina.


LatinX Heritage Month 2020 at NCF
is celebrated annually in the United States from September 15 to October 15. At New College, we recognize and celebrate the contributions of people of all LatinX identities during this time. Due to COVID-19, all events will take place virtually.

October:

New Music New College Presents: The New Sonic Field: A Playlist and Conversations with New College Alums

Starts October (Runs throughout Fall) Online Performances  l  WATCH HERE


Starting in October, this online playlist and virtual series will explore the fields of sonic activity New College of Florida alums have entered after graduation. Graduates of NCF have worked in a remarkable variety of musical and artistic endeavors, ranging among electronic music composition, new opera, and video and media art. We couldn’t be prouder of the work they are doing and are eager to share their sounds and perspectives with you! This series aims to be a home for discussion and encounters with music and conversation that is inspiring and useful for current students as well as anyone interested in new directions pioneered by emerging sonic artists.

Each alum will share a track for our New Sonic Field Playlist, hosted on the NMNC page. Listen, re-listen, reflect, contemplate, and discuss, any time and place you like!

Throughout the fall, we will be releasing interviews with our alums. While the conversations will be open, improvisatory, and wide-ranging, we will aim to cover the following five questions in each interview:

  • How would you describe your work?
  • What was a moment with New College that was transformative for you?
  • Let’s discuss your playlist track!
  • What’s an upcoming project you are looking forward to?
  • How can we learn more about your work?

Join us starting this October and become a part of the conversation about The New Sonic Field!

New Music New College Presents:  Movement Messages: Digital Dance and Music Featuring a World Premiere by Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, José Martínez’s 39 Inside, and works by New College dancers and musicians

Premiering in October Online Performances  l  WATCH HERE


New College of Florida is known for students engaging in creative work side-by-side with their faculty members, discovering new territory and modes of expression. New Music New College is an artistic laboratory for this creative process.

In this video series, premiering in October on the NMNC page, we explore works for electronic sound and dance by NCF faculty Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, Mark Dancigers, and our new Visiting Assistant Professor of Music José Martínez, as well as original digital dance and music by current New College students.

The fascinating connection between music and dance, and their shared languages of change and motion, is the inspiration for new works created by NCF students as well as Bolaños Wilmott and Dancigers. Ancient theories of music stress that change itself is the source of motion—when a melody or rhythm changes, music moves.

But what about the motion of moving people? Music can be heard to embody this motion as well. As Marc Leman has discussed in The Expressive Moment: How Interaction with Music Shapes Human Empowerment, recent studies show that the movements a musician makes to create a sound can be very accurately tracked by listeners even when they can’t see the performer!

Latinx Heritage Month presents: LATIN DANCE FUSION TAUGHT BY SCD TEACHING ARTIST KATHLEEN M. CANDALES  

Tues, Oct. 6, 13, 20, & 27  6:00 – 7:00 p.m. EST  Online Class  l  Stay tuned for streaming details! 

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Latin Dance Fusion fuses the elements of Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary technique with Latin rhythms in genres including salsa, cumbia, merengue, afro-Cuban and more.  This class will take you through exercises that strengthen technique, musicality, stamina and flexibility while breaking down the intricacies of Latin dance rhythms. You will learn Choreography that is both invigorating as well as challenging.  Have fun while building stamina and emphasizing body isolations, developing a strong, confident attitude, coordination and free expression.

Kathleen Candales is the Artistic Director and Founder of Higher Ground Performing Arts Studio and Performing Company. At her studio, the art of dance, music and theater are instilled in both children and adults alike. She is a certified Florida Public School Teacher with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance Education from Florida International University.  Kathleen has studied hip-hop, jazz, ballet, modern dance, flamenco, African and Caribbean dance, salsa, belly dance and choreography.  Besides her extensive experience as a dance teacher, Kathleen, a mother of two, is a professional dancer, choreographer, actress and vocalist.  Some highlights in her career include special appearances in such films and music videos as “The Crew,” “Random Hearts” with Harrison Ford, and “Music of the Heart” with Gloria Estefan and ‘N Sync. She has also graced the stage in such theatre productions as “Mame,” “The Fantastiks” and “Sweet Charity.” This is her second season as a Sarasota Contemporary Dance Teaching Artist.


LatinX Heritage Month 2020 at NCF
is celebrated annually in the United States from September 15 to October 15. At New College, we recognize and celebrate the contributions of people of all LatinX identities during this time. Due to COVID-19, all events will take place virtually.

Latinx Heritage Month presents: Dutchirican: A History of Puerto Ricans in Central Pennsylvania w/ Dr. Ivette Guzmán-Zavala  

Tues, Oct. 13  2:30 – 4:00 p.m. EST  l  Online Lecture RSVP HERE FOR ZOOM LINK

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Dr. Guzmán-Zavala will present Dutchirican, a project she worked on with Dr. John Hinshaw that incorporates photography and public history to tell the story of Latinx communities and their roots in Central Pennsylvania. The project traces the contributions of Spanish-speakers to Pennsylvania from the American Revolution and Civil War to the present.

Ivette Guzmán-Zavala, Ph.D. LVC Professor of Spanish B.A. University of Puerto Rico M.A. Syracuse University Ph.D. Rutgers University. Ivette Guzmán-Zavala is from Caguas, Puerto Rico. She is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, trained in art education and Caribbean Literature. Guzmán-Zavala has published several articles on the literary, artistic, and photographic perceptions of mothers and women in Puerto Rican history. Her training from Syracuse and Rutgers Universities led her to analyze the role of migration and the diaspora in Puerto Rican history; her experiences in Pennsylvania helped her to understand the human dimensions of displacement.

John Hinshaw, Ph.D. LVC Professor of History B.A. Macalester College M.A. and Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University. John Hinshaw is from Columbia, Missouri. He has written or co-written three books on industrial and labor history in the US and world history. Hinshaw published an article in the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography in 2016.


LatinX Heritage Month 2020 at NCF
is celebrated annually in the United States from September 15 to October 15. At New College, we recognize and celebrate the contributions of people of all LatinX identities during this time. Due to COVID-19, all events will take place virtually.

Latinx Heritage Month presents: Dutchirican: A History of Puerto Ricans in Central Pennsylvania w/ Dr. Ivette Guzmán-Zavala  

Thurs, Oct. 15  5:00 – 6:30 p.m. EST  l  Online Lecture RSVP HERE FOR ZOOM LINK

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Karen Arango will present her recent photography work titled, Miss Behave, along with her recent short film that was shown at the Sarasota Film Festival titled, Families Together.

Miss Behave is a series of photos presenting young girls between the ages of five to twelve years old, first generation in the United States; their parents are immigrants from Latin American countries. Her images show these girls vulnerable yet empowered, appearing older than they are because of the distinct way in which they are brought up, adopting two cultures at the same time. With no option, they are required to mature at a younger age in order to understand the distinct challenges their families go through and meet the high expectations from their parents as first American women in their family.

The Miss Behave series have been exhibited internationally including Rita K. Hillman Gallery at the International Center of Photography’s,“The Future Perfect” show in 2016 and “Photoville NYC 2016”, the “Breda International Photo Festival” in 2014, and selected as one of the 100 best works of the Republic of Georgia’s “KOLGA Photo Festival” in 2013.

Families Together / Familias Unidas is a 2Gen program of UnidosNOW in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. This documentary project was created to show the lives of some of the families in the “Familias Unidas” program offered by the organization UnidosNOW and funded by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County in Sarasota, Florida. It was a study of the relationship between child and parent from a Latin American country, and the cultural importance of family. These parents had been studying English in the free program in their children’s school. During this exploration of family life, a sense of resilience, unity, and support was born. Enlightening the strength that these parents have towards being an example to their children, in this case, studying English, no matter the barriers that them from success.

Karen Arango, originally from Colombia, is a Sarasota-based freelance photojournalist and filmmaker who has been commissioned by local and national magazines, non-profits, and companies like the San Francisco Chronicle, Sarasota Magazine, GoFundMe, and Manatee Community Foundation. Karen earned her photography education from Ringling College of Art and Design and the International Center of Photography. She is currently a graduate student at the University of South Florida. Her passion for documenting real stories started since the first day Karen grabbed a camera. She is mainly interested in adopting her visual skills to positively impact her community and beyond.


LatinX Heritage Month 2020 at NCF
is celebrated annually in the United States from September 15 to October 15. At New College, we recognize and celebrate the contributions of people of all LatinX identities during this time. Due to COVID-19, all events will take place virtually.

Latinx Heritage Month presents: Latinx Virtual Symposium  

Sat, Oct. 17  10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST  l  Online Symposium RSVP HERE FOR ZOOM LINK

Zoom Link will be provided upon registration for ticket. Please note, the same link will be used for the entire Symposium.

NCF’s LatinX Heritage Month Series is hosting its first LHM Symposium where local Latinx community leaders, scholars, and New College Students are going to address some of the most concerning issues that the Latinx communities affronts. See the panel schedule below. 

 

Panel 1: Social determinant of Health: COVID 19 and the Latinx Communities

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. EST

This panel seeks to address why COVID 19 is disproportionately affecting brown and black communities. What communities and local Latinx entities are doing to palliate the effect of this public health crisis?

 

Panel 2: Immigration

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. EST

This panel will be a conversation about current US immigration policies and their social and ethical dimensions.

 

Panel 3: Florida Politics and LatinX Communities

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EST

In the final panel, we will explore the role of the Latinx vote in national and local politics.


LatinX Heritage Month 2020 at NCF
is celebrated annually in the United States from September 15 to October 15. At New College, we recognize and celebrate the contributions of people of all LatinX identities during this time. Due to COVID-19, all events will take place virtually.

Latinx Heritage Month presents: Writing and Thinking Science Fiction from the Latinos, Latinas, & Latinx Perspective  

Thurs, Oct. 22  6:00 p.m. EST  l  Online Panel RSVP HERE FOR ZOOM LINK

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Come and meet Matt Goodwin, editor of the anthology Latinx Rising: An Anthology of Latinx Fiction and Fantasy, and two of the writers. You will have the chance to listen to two of the authors read their stories in the anthology Kathleen Alcalá and Pablo Brescia followed by a discussion with the audience.


Matthew David Goodwin
 is a scholar, an editor, and a translator. He is the editor of Latinx Rising: An Anthology of Latinx Science Fiction and Fantasy as well as the forthcoming young adult collection Speculative Fiction for Dreamers. His study of Latinx science fiction, The Latinx Files: Race, Migration, and Space Aliens will be published with Rutgers University Press in 2021. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton. His PhD is in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts.


Kathleen Alcalá
is an Opata Nation descendant. She is a founding editor of the Raven Chronicles and a member of Los Norteños. Kathleen has a B.A. in Linguistics from Stanford University, an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of New Orleans. Her books include The Deepest Roots: Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island, and Spirits of the Ordinary. More at www.kathleenalcala.com


Pablo Brescia
 was born in Buenos Aires and has lived in the United States since 1986. He has published three books of short stories: La derrota de lo real/The Defeat of the Real (USA/Mexico, 2017), Fuera de Lugar/Out of Place (Peru, 2012/Mexico, 2013) and La apariencia de las cosas/The Appearance of Things (México, 1997), and a book of hybrid texts No hay tiempo para la poesía/NoTime for Poetry (Buenos Aires, 2011), with the pen name Harry Bimer. He writes the literary column El alma por el pie for Sub urbano (Miami, www.suburbano.net) and collaborates with Milenio and Letras Libres (Mexico). He teaches Latin American literature and culture at the University of South Florida. His site is www.pablobresciapreferirianohacerlo.com


LatinX Heritage Month 2020 at NCF
is celebrated annually in the United States from September 15 to October 15. At New College, we recognize and celebrate the contributions of people of all LatinX identities during this time. Due to COVID-19, all events will take place virtually.

Latinx Heritage Month Presents: Latin Mix Dance Master class w/ Sarasota Contemporary Dance Guest teaching Artist, natasha barrera

Fri, Oct 23  l  7:15 p.m. EST  Virtual Performance & Masterclass Streaming Details Forthcoming

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In Latin Mix Dance we will explore a mix of Latin rhythms and the dances to match. No partner required. No experience necessary. All levels welcome. We will go over some solo work, arm styling, and partnership skills! Some popular Latin dances include merengue, salsa, and bachata. Whether you want to go out and dance socially, explore new music, or just have a good work out, it is all available in Latin Mix Dance. Regular work out attire is fine. For Latin Dance it is a must that we feel confident in what we wear. Socks are fine, shoes with straps, or smooth sneakers will work. No chunky rubber sneakers. Make sure you can lift your arms comfortably. 

Natasha Barrera is a professional dancer and performer. Most prominently trained as an internationally ranked ballroom competitor. She has traveled the world to train with the best educators in the field of ballroom dance and to compete at an International Level. Natasha was born and raised in Florida. She was raised by a very prominent ballroom dance family and was exposed to many forms of dance and performance at an early age. Her training consists of ballet, musical theater, jazz and Pilates.  Traveling the world, has exposed her to different Latin styles such as the different varieties of salsa, swing, bachata, tango, hustle, merengue, kizomba, and zouk! Natasha has a passion for sharing her craft with students of all ages and abilities.  She a is fluent in English, Italian and Spanish.

“Dancing is a unique experience that embodies physical fitness, expression, culture, and communication through touch.”-NB


LatinX Heritage Month 2020 at NCF
is celebrated annually in the United States from September 15 to October 15. At New College, we recognize and celebrate the contributions of people of all LatinX identities during this time. Due to COVID-19, all events will take place virtually.

Latinx Heritage Month Presents: Master class and Virtual Concert w/ Renecito Avich

Thur, Oct 29  l  7:00 p.m.  Virtual Performance & Masterclass l  Streaming Details Forthcoming

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René Avich Wanton, new exponent of the Tres guitar in Cuba and a Sarasota-based Cuban American artist. Winner of several national competitions: Festival Contest “Ignacio Piñeiro”, “Cubadisco Award 2011”, “Competition Ignacio Villa AHS” 2013. Gold Title of the University of the Arts of Cuba. Cubadisco 2014 Award with the production Jóvenes Treseros de Cuba (Young Tres players of Cuba).

The creative work of Renesito, who was born in Santiago de Cuba, fully exploits the physiognomic possibilities and techniques of the instrument with a brilliant concept of interpretative excellence. His compositions denote a broad conception of the sound of the Cuban Tres, in which he uses expressive resources of Classical music, Jazz and World Music. Its roots lead him to recreate and develop melodies, rhythms, styles and rhythms of the Trova, the Changüí Nengón, the Conga, Rumba and Son Santiago, making a kind of journey through the different playing styles of the eastern country, mixed with the urban concept of Arsenio Rodríguez and Child Rivera.

2014 Cubadisco Award Category of popular traditional music

2014 Cubadisco Nomination as Arranger on the album “Mañanitas de Montañas”

2016 Latin Grammy Award  as Musician on “Amame como soy” Niña Pastori (España)


LatinX Heritage Month 2020 at NCF
is celebrated annually in the United States from September 15 to October 15. At New College, we recognize and celebrate the contributions of people of all LatinX identities during this time. Due to COVID-19, all events will take place virtually.

November: 

December: 

2021 Spring Season Events

January:

New Music New College Presents:  Artist Conversation with Claire Chase

Thur, Jan 28  5:00 p.m.Location and Format TBD  l  Admission: Free

PC: David Michalek


Before attending the concert
, come to a special conversation event with the creative soloist, collaborative artist, curator and advocate for new and experimental music Claire Chase. This open platform will allow you to converse with the artist to better understand their process and the development of her work.

Artist Conversation Series: Realizing that our concerts include music that will be new to most or all of the audience, we strive to offer plenty of context. These events generally begin these with a brief performance—an excerpt from something that will be in the concert—and then start a discussion with everyone there about their responses to what they just heard and saw.

New Music New College Presents:  Concert with Claire Chase

Sat, Jan 30  8:00 p.m.Location and Format TBD
Pre-concert talk @ 7:30 p.m.  l  Admissision: $15 (free for subscribers & select schools)

PC: Aram Boghosian


Claire Chase
is a soloist, collaborative artist, curator and advocate for new and experimental music. Over the past decade she has given the world premieres of hundreds of new works for the flute in performances throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, and she has championed new music throughout the world by building organizations, forming alliances, pioneering commissioning initiatives and supporting educational programs that reach new audiences. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2012, and in 2017 was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize.

In 2013 Chase launched Density 2036, a 23-year commissioning project to create an entirely new body of repertory for flute between 2014 and 2036, the centenary of Edgard Varèse’s groundbreaking 1936 flute solo, Density 21.5. This concert will feature music by Suzanne Farrin, Du Yun, Mario Diaz de Leon, Felipe Lara, and others.

February:

Black History Month 2021

Dates, Times, and Locations/Platforms TBD

Stay tuned for more information! 


New College’s annual Black History Month program rallies the campus community as we celebrate and explore the rich history, culture, and contemporary realities of Black people and communities. The pillars of the annual programming include the Black Arts and Performance series, the Conversations on Race and Ethnicity public lecture series, the African Diaspora Film Festival, the Black Literature Read-in, the New Schools of Black Thought Symposium, and a display in the Jane Bancroft Cook Library. All events are appropriate for community members of any age and of many different interests.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.

 

March:

New Music New College Presents:  Artist Conversation with ymusic

Tue, Mar 9  5:00 p.m.Location and Format TBD  l  Admission: Free

Before attending the concert, come to a special conversation event with the creative musical collaborators of yMusic. This open platform will allow you to converse with the artists to better understand their process and the development of her work.

Artist Conversation Series: Realizing that our concerts include music that will be new to most or all of the audience, we strive to offer plenty of context. These events generally begin these with a brief performance—an excerpt from something that will be in the concert—and then start a discussion with everyone there about their responses to what they just heard and saw. 

New Music New College Presents:  Concert with ymusic

Thur, Mar 11  8:00 p.m.Location and Format TBD
Pre-concert talk @ 7:30 p.m.  l  Admissision: $15 (free for subscribers & select schools)

PC: Graham Tolbert


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 strives to perform excellent, emotionally communicative music, regardless of style or idiom. Their virtuosic execution and unique instrumentation (string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet) has attracted the attention of renowned collaborators—from Paul Simon to Bill T. Jones to Ben Folds—and inspired original works by some of today’s foremost composers.

This concert will feature a recent work by Andrew Norman, selections from their album Ecstatic Science, and other pieces.

New Music New College Presents:  Artist Conversation with Performers of The ARt of Andriessen

Tue, Mar 16  5:00 p.m.Location and Format TBD  l  Admission: Free

Before attending the concert, come to a special conversation event with the New College of Florida students and professional musicians from the Sarasota Community who will perform The Art of Andriessan. This open platform will allow you to converse with the artists to better understand their process and the development of her work.

Artist Conversation Series: Realizing that our concerts include music that will be new to most or all of the audience, we strive to offer plenty of context. These events generally begin these with a brief performance—an excerpt from something that will be in the concert—and then start a discussion with everyone there about their responses to what they just heard and saw. 

New Music New College Presents: The ARt of Andriessen

Thur, Mar 18  8:00 p.m.Location and Format TBD
Pre-concert talk @ 7:30 p.m.  l  Admissision: $15 (free for subscribers & select schools)


The music of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen is visceral, intense, challenging, and kinetic. This concert features two of Andriessen’s most important and influential works, performed by New College of Florida students and professional musicians from the Sarasota Community. These pieces, composed one year apart, are raucous breakthroughs that remain startling over four decades later.

Worker’s Union, from 1975, calls for “any loud-sounding group of instruments” to perform a continuous and propulsive single line of music.

In 1990, Andriessen wrote, “Worker’s Union was originally written for the orchestra De Volharding (Perseverance), in which I myself figured as a pianist at that time. This piece is a combination of individual freedom and severe discipline: its rhythm is exactly fixed; the pitch, on the other hand, is indicated only approximately, on a single-lined stave. It is difficult to play in an ensemble and to remain in step, sort of thing like organising and carrying on political action.”

For more information, we recommend this great listener’s guide on Worker’s Union from the London Sinfonietta.

In Hoketus from 1976, Andriessen employs an ancient musical device, the hocket, in which a single musical line is split between two spatially separated groups. He writes, “Hoketus is the result of the minimal art project I started in January 1977 at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. This project’s purpose was to study the history of the American avant-garde movement both theoretically and practically, and I intended to finish the project by performing a composition that, making use of certain stylistic devices of minimal art, would at the same time criticise this style. The principal quality of minimal art compositions is the consistent limitation of musical material: the advantage is that all possibilities of one single musical aspect (usually rhythm) can wholly be explored and worked out. It is true that this is at the expense of other musical aspects.

Hoketus, too, has only one musical subject: the hoketus. The hoketus is a stylistic device of the Ars Nova (14th century, Machaut and others): the melodic tones are divided between two or more descants.

“The ensemble Hoketus consists of two identical quintets: panflute, piano, Fender-piano, bass-guitar and percussion. The pitch material of both groups is (nearly) identical. This applies to the rhythm as well. It is, however, complementary: in Hoketus the groups never play simultaneously. What makes the piece Hoketus differ from most minimal art compositions is that the harmonic material is not diatonic but chromatic, and that it radically abandons the tonal continuous sound-masses characteristic of most minimal art, with the inclusion of all accompanying cosmic nonsense.”

April:

New Music New College Presents:  Artist Conversation Vicky Chow

Thur, Apr 22  5:00 p.m.Location and Format TBD  l  Admission: Free

Before attending the concert, come to a special conversation event with Canadian pianist Vicky Chow. This open platform will allow you to converse with the artist to better understand their process and the development of her work.

Artist Conversation Series: Realizing that our concerts include music that will be new to most or all of the audience, we strive to offer plenty of context. These events generally begin these with a brief performance—an excerpt from something that will be in the concert—and then start a discussion with everyone there about their responses to what they just heard and saw. 

New Music New College Presents: Concert with Vicky Chow

Sat, Apr 24  8:00 p.m.Location and Format TBD
Pre-concert talk @ 7:30 p.m.  l  Admissision: $15 (free for subscribers & select schools)

PC: Kaitlin Jane Photography


With her expressive and nuanced interpretations of contemporary works, Canadian pianist
Vicky Chow has been described as “brilliant” (New York Times), “new star of new music” (Los Angeles Times) and “one of our era’s most brilliant pianists” (Pitchfork). Captivating audiences around the world with her expansive repertoire and musical prowess, she enjoys a diverse career collaborating with many of the world’s most renowned composers and ensembles.

She is the pianist for the Bang on a Can All-Stars, piano duo X88, New Music Detroit, and has collaborated with other ensembles such as the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Wet Ink Ensemble, and Momenta Quartet. As an artist frequently broadcasted on WNYC, her recorded work can be found on the ‘Nonesuch’, ‘New Amsterdam’, ‘Tzadik’, ‘Cantaloupe Music’, ‘Innova’, ‘Hinterzimmer’, and ‘AltaVoz’ labels. Her performances of Morton Feldman and John Cage were featured on BBC3‘s documentary series “The Sound and The Fury,” based on Alex Ross’s book The Rest is Noise.

This concert features Steve Reich’s Piano Counterpoint, which was arranged for Chow in 2011, and other works. Don’t miss this fierce and versatile champion of the cutting edge in new piano music.

additional connections


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.

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[performance @ new college]

[performance @ new college] is a collegiate theatrical production company under the artistic direction of the faculty in theatre and performance studies. The primary purpose of our production company is to provide practicum opportunities for students in the joint disciplinary Theatre AOC and to invite students from across the campus to engage with the performing arts.

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Previous Mellon Grant Events

A list of past events brought to you by “New College: Connecting the Arts and Humanities on Florida’s Creative Coast.”

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