2013–2014 Season

We celebrate our fifteenth anniversary season by digging deeper. Our visiting artists this year have all been to NMNC before, but this time they're here for mini residencies to work with New College students.

This season’s visiting artists include the NOW Ensemble, who will be joined on one of two world premieres by Fuzión Dance Artists; composer, performer, and polyartist Francis Schwartz (presenting another world premiere); renowned singer Isabelle Ganz; Ugly Beauties, featuring pianist Marilyn Lerner, cellist Matt Brubeck, and drummer Nick Fraser; and violinist Miranda Cuckson with composer Christopher Burns.

New College students will participate in two of our concerts, including the DIY Ensemble, where they will have created or modified instruments, then composed new music for these creations.

New this season: we will offer Pre-concert Talks one hour before each concert. And to provide opportunities for deeper insight into the programs and the performers, we will present five free Artist Conversations (now Thursdays at 5 p.m.) throughout the season, as well as an open rehearsal before the NOW/Fuzión event.

And stick around after the concerts—we have free post-concert receptions for our Sainer events, where our artists and our audience can interact and continue the conversation (at Club Sudakoff and the Arcade the receptions will be concurrent with the concerts, 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 to purchase tickets.

Tickets are FREE for New College students, faculty, and staff (e-mail events@ncf.edu for the dedicated link for tickets). Tickets for non-New College students in the community are $5 at the door with student ID.

Click here to download a brochure, or phone 941-487-4888 or e-mail events@ncf.edu and we'll mail you one.

Season Schedule

NOW Ensemble

NOW Ensemble

NOW Ensemble
with guest performers
Fuzión Dance Artists

Concert: Friday, September 20, 8:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion
($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talk: 7:00 p.m.

Artist Conversation: Thursday, September 19, 5:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion (free)
Open Rehearsal Thursday, September 19, 6:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion (free)

Fuzión Dance Artists

Fuzión Dance Artists

NOW Ensemble is all about blending, borrowing, combining, collaborating. The vitality of popular music is charged with the rigor of classical technique to drive a chamber ensemble for our time. For this performance, NOW will perform original compositions by Judd Greenstein, Sarah Kirkland Snider, John Supko, and Mark Dancigers, now a Visiting Professor of Music at New College. Joining NOW for the world premiere of Dancigers’s Dreamfall will be Fuzión Dance Artists, led by Leymis Bolaños-Wilmott.

PLEASE NOTE: This concert is on a FRIDAY, not Saturday.

Francis Schwartz

Francis Schwartz

Francis Schwartz and friends
featuring the renowned singer
Isabelle Ganz

Performance: Saturday, November 16, 8:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion
($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talk: 7:00 p.m.

Artist Conversation: Thursday, November 14, 5:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion (free)

Isabelle Ganz

Isabelle Ganz

Composer and polyartist Francis Schwartz is known internationally for compositions that explore the boundary of music and theater, engaging the senses and inviting the participation of the public. In addition to compositions by Schwartz and his friends Pauline Oliveros, John Cage, and Eduardo Kusnir, this special performance will feature a world premiere of Schwartz’s Shady Intercontinental Songs, a work dealing with global communication as mediated by technology. Joining Maestro Schwartz will be New College students, Sarasota Orchestra Principal Bassist John Miller, the distinguished mezzo-soprano Isabelle Ganz, and (via Skype from Puerto Rico and Paris, respectively) the ALEA 21 Ensemble and Osons Être Ensemble.

Ugly Beauties
featuring pianist Marilyn Lerner,
cellist Matt Brubeck,
and drummer Nick Fraser

Ugly Beauties

Ugly Beauties

Concert: Saturday, January 18, 8:00 p.m., Club Sudakoff
($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talk: 7:00 p.m.

Artist Conversation: Thursday, January 16, 5:00 p.m., Club Sudakoff (free)

Marilyn Lerner’s solo performance of improvisation, Dreamwork, was a highlight of NMNC’s 2012–13 season, inviting listeners to be present to the moment—in the music, in the performance space, in psychic space. Lerner returns to NMNC with two distinguished colleagues, cellist Matthew Brubeck and percussionist Nick Fraser, for structured improvisation on an even deeper level. The trio of Lerner, Brubeck, Frasier—Ugly Beauties—will lead us back into the dreamspace of improvisation—returning and working through. Come to the surprisingly intimate space of our improvised Club Sudakoff and lose yourself in the moment.

The DIY Ensemble

members of the Open Instrumentation Ensemble at last year's Crossroads concert

Mark Dancigers with members of the Open Instrumentation Ensemble at last year's Crossroads concert

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

Artist Conversation: Thursday, March 13, 5:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion (free)

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Mark Dancigers will lead a group of New College students in an odyssey during the January Interterm, where they will build, modify, and/or transform instruments, then use them in new musical works. The results will be heard at this concert, outdoors in the open, welcoming space of the PepsiCo Arcade. Expect sounds ranging from purely electronic to organically acoustic, and get a close look at (and possibly hands-on experience with) the creations of the DIY (for Do It Yourself) Ensemble.

Miranda Cuckson, violin
Christopher Burns, electronics

Miranda Cuckson

Miranda Cuckson

Concert: Saturday, April 19, 8:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion ($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talk: 7:00 p.m.

Artist Conversation: Thursday, April 17, 3:30 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion (free)

Christopher Burns performing Sawtooth

Christopher Burns performing his piece Sawtooth

Miranda Cuckson has emerged as one of new music’s great explorers, a violinist who brings imagination, insight, and formidable technique to music from Bach to today’s most adventurous composers. For the final concert of the 2013–14 season, Cuckson will perform Luigi Nono’s La lotananza nostalgica utopica futura, one of the last major works by this influential figure of musical modernism. The title may be translated conceptually as: the past reflected in the present (nostalgica) brings about a creative utopia (utopica), the desire for what is known becomes a vehicle for what will be possible (futura) through the medium of distance. La lontananza includes some pre-recorded material by the great violinist Gidon Kramer, so the subtitle is “Madrigal for several ‘travelers’ with Gidon Kremer, solo violin, 8 magnetic tapes, and 8 to 10 music stands.” Joining Cuckson for this performance will be composer Christopher Burns, who has won praise for his skillful realization Nono’s electronic design. The Cuckson/Burns recording of La lontananza was named one of the top classical recordings of 2012 by the New York Times.

Special Events

Robert Mirabal

Robert Mirabal

ETHEL and Robert Mirabal:
The Ringling Presents Music of the Sun, with a choral ensemble created in partnership with
New Music New College

Native American musician, writer, singer, and storyteller Robert Mirabal has collaborated with the pioneering string quartet ETHEL to produce Music of the Sun, a new program inspired by the sun mythology of Native America. The Ringling is bringing them all to Sarasota for four concerts, and NMNC is arranging for a choral ensemble to be part of the performances.

ETHEL

ETHEL

Please note: These will take place February 20, 21, and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and also at 2 p.m. on the 22nd, at the Historic Asolo Theater at The Ringling. Tickets are $30, $25 for Ringling Musem Members, and $10 for students with valid ID, and are available at the Historic Asolo Box Office, 941-360-7399 or www.ringling.org

The Sarasota Piano Quartet:
Music by
New College Student Composers

Sarasota Piano Quartet

The Sarasota Piano Quartet

Concert: Sunday, April 27, 4:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion (free)

In collaboration with the Sarasota Piano Quartet, 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!

Sonic Landscapes, Performances, and Collaborations:
Projects in Electronic Music

Concert: Thursday, May 8, 7:30 p.m., 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.

Tickets

Tickets are FREE for New College students, faculty, and staff (e-mail events@ncf.edu for the dedicated link for tickets). For everyone else, single event tickets are $15, and season tickets to all five concerts are a bargain at $60. Admission to all of our Artist Conversations, as well as the Student Composers Concert and the Electronic Music Concert, is free for everyone. Tickets for non-New College students in the community are $5 at the door with student ID. Visit our Reservations page for details.

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