2017–2018 Season

This season we awaken the monster: Frankenstein’s monster, to be precise, which will take over the outdoor Koski Plaza for our March extravaganza. To bookend the season we have two string quartets: one somewhat straightforward—the Amernet Quartet who will be joined by mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway (who will also perform in a free special event with violinist Ari Striesfeld, collectively Duo Cortona)—and Dither, not straightforward at all, as the members each play electric guitar. We welcome back pianist Marilyn Lerner, this time with Ken Filiano and Lou Grassi. And in November we explore the human body as instrument with three solo works interspersed with dance. But the monster will loom over all. . . .

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

We offer Pre-concert Talks at 7:30 (2:30 for the Sunday, November 19 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 Koski Plaza 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). We also offer free admission to students, faculty, and staff of all C4 institutions (USF Sarasota-Manatee, Ringling College of Art & Design, State College of Florida, FSU/Asolo Conservatory, 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

Amernet String Quartet

Amernet String Quartet

photo credit: Justin Hearn

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

Concert: Saturday, October 7, 8:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion
($15, free with subscription)
Note: There will be supertitles in English.
Pre-concert talk: 7:30 p.m.

Artist Conversation: Thursday, October 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.

“intelligence . . . and immensely satisfying—most notable for the quality of unjaded discovery that came through so vividly”—The New York Times

Special Event: Tuesday, October 3, 5:30 p.m., Duo Cortona, 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!



Concerts: (Because of space limitations we will present this concert three times.)
Friday, November 17, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 18, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 19, 3:00 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, November 16, 5:00 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 NCF students.

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Marilyn Lerner, Ken Filiano, and Lou Grassi

Marilyn Lerner, Ken Filiano, and Lou Grassi

photo credit: Karen Tweedy Holmes

Concert: Saturday, January 20, 8:00 p.m., Club Sudakoff
($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talk: 7:30 p.m.

Artist Conversation: Thursday, January 18, 5:00 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!

“with a breathtaking command of the piano, Lerner effortlessly ran through the instrument’s expansive palette of colours. It was delicate and probing, hard driving, witty and funny . . .”— Coda Magazine

Read more here!

It's Alive!
A Monstrous Circus On Frankenstein


Concert: Sunday, March 4, 8:00 p.m., Koski Plaza/ACE Building
($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talk: 7:30 p.m.

Artist Conversation: Thursday, March 1, 5:00 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!

Please Note: This concert will be on a Sunday.

Read more here!


Dither Quartet

Dither Quartet

photo credit: Kelly Lopes

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

Artist Conversation: Thursday, April 19, 5:00 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.

“Sophisticated, hard-driving and stylistically omnivorous music making.”—The New York Times

Read more here!


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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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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Paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenues.

Sponsored in part by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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