2018–2019 Season—our Twentieth Anniversary!

We celebrate the twentieth anniversary of NMNC's first concert by presenting five exciting programs this season, a mix of new friends and old. The outstanding groups Sō Percussion and Ensemble Dal Niente will visit, and we will have welcome returns from George Lewis and Wet Ink. Eliza Ladd and Mark Dancigers will create entirely new works with New College students. And if that's not enough, we'll also feature the unique duo Grand Electric. Come celebrate with us all season long!

Each of our concerts lasts about one hour with no intermission, to keep the experience intense and memorable.

We offer Pre-concert Talks at 7:30 (2:30 for the Sunday, February 17 matinee performance), 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 the receptions will be concurrent with the concerts, but you’ll still have and opportunity 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 of our partner CCA 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

Sō Percussion

Sō Percussion

photo credit: Evan Monroe Chapman

Sō Percussion

Concert: Saturday, October 6, 8:00 p.m., Club Sudakoff
($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talk: 7:30 p.m.

Artist Conversation: Thursday, October 4, 5:00 p.m., Club Sudakoff (free)

This quartet of master percussionists will challenge expectations. Their performance will include Bryce Dessner's Music for Wood and Strings and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw's Taxidermy, both Sō Percussion commissions. These four performers are ground-breaking musicians who challenge themselves and their commissioned composers to reach new heights of inventiveness. Sō Percussion will open the season in our improvised Club Sudakoff.

“Through a mix of consummate skill and quirky charm, this mercurial quartet has helped to ignite an explosive new enthusiasm for percussion music old and new.”—The New York Times

“The evening was an exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam…”—The New Yorker

Read more here!


New works featuring Mark Dancigers,
New College students, and Special Guests

Concert: Saturday, November 10, 8:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion
($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talk: 7:30 p.m.

Artist Conversation: Thursday, November 8, 5:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion (free)

Composer and electric guitarist Mark Dancigers returns to New College as the college’s first Professor of Digital Media and Music. Inter/Action will engage the possibilities of digital media through works that explore sound, music, movement, and images. Dancigers will lead students in a new piece that uses the sound of rain data as an inspiration for improvisation and dance. The concert will also feature two new works by Dancigers for electronics and acoustic instruments, one featuring Principal Second Violin of the Sarasota Orchestra and Co-Artistic Director of ensemblenewSRQ Samantha Bennett and the other with Brad Williams, Principal Trombone for the Sarasota Orchestra.

The rest of the concert will feature solo works for electric guitar and live electronics, using a technique known as "looping."

Read more and see some video of the concert here!

Ensemble Dal Niente
with George Lewis

Ensemble Dal Niente

Ensemble Dal Niente

photo credit: Karjaka Studios

Concert: Saturday, January 26, 8:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion
($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talk: 7:30 p.m.

Special Event: Thursday, January 24, 5:00—7:30 p.m., Ringling Museum ($15 Art After 5 entry) Improvisations in the galleries followed by our Artist Conversation

Chicago-based Ensemble Dal Niente has been showered with critical praise and prestigious awards since forming in 2004. Their astonishing virtuosity is put entirely in the service of musical communication, making even the most demanding contemporary works accessible and compelling. Their program for NMNC will feature pieces by George Lewis, Anthony Braxton, Katherine Young, and Anthony Cheung that, while notated, each have origins in improvisation. Composer and MacArthur (“Genius Grant”) Fellow George Lewis, who holds a PhD in Humane Letters (honoris causa) from New College, will join us for this concert.

“Dal Niente is a model of what contemporary music needs, but seldom gets, to reach and engage a wider public.”—Chicago Tribune

See video of the entire concert and read more here!

New College students

New College students performing Eliza Ladd's Selfie of the Ancients in 2016

photo credit: Nancy Nassiff

Tigers Above and Tigers Below
Eliza Ladd with New College Students

(Because of space limitations we will present this concert three times.)
Friday, February 15, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 16, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 17, 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, February 14, 5:00 p.m., Black Box Theater (free)

Here we are. What are we going to do?

In this new commission Eliza Ladd in collaboration with New College students, will create a score of “Live Sound Action” (her theatrical approach to composition and performance) to be performed in the New College Black Box Theater. Ladd’s approach, at once visual, aural and physical, combines the sounds of objects and human movement with layers of primitive voice and song.

This original New Music composition will be influenced by a theme of migration, what gets carried over time across place, and the act of searching, listening and thriving as it manifests in the flight of birds, the walking of humans, and on an elemental scale of geology.

What is the sound image of our human contraption moving “forward” in time and space? What is the moment of tigers above and tigers below? How do we locate ourselves?

See video and photos of the performance and read more here!

Wet Ink

Wet ink Ensemble

photo credit: Alexander Perrelli

Wet Ink Ensemble:
Kate Soper's
Voices from the Killing Jar

Concert: Saturday, April 27, 8:00 p.m. Club Sudakoff ($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talk: 7:30 p.m.

Artist Conversation: Thursday, April 25, 5:00 p.m., Club Sudakoff (free)

Kate Soper's Ipsa Dixit, which NMNC presented as a work-in-progress in 2015, went on to be a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize. Wet Ink returns to NMNC to perform Voices from the Killing Jar, another of Soper's theatrical works. This work from 2010–12 depicts a series of female protagonists caught up in “hopeless situations, inescapable fates, impossible fantasies, and unlucky circumstances.” Soper writes, “The women in ‘Voices’ are bound together by their pain, their silence, their anger, their perception, connected not just via juxtaposition, but through their communal duress. As the narrator of their stories, I empower them by resurrecting their voices, which echo and forge connections across the movements, and by bringing them to life before an audience. I inhabit these voices in part by recalling the emotions and mental states which are the catalysts for their speech and song.” NMNC is thrilled to end our season with these vital musicians performing a work of such timely resonance.

But wait—there's more! The concert will also feature a new (so new, it doesn't yet have a title) septet by Wed Ink pianist Eric Wubbels.

“Dense, wild, yet artfully controlled . . .”—The New York Times

Read more here!

Special Events

Electronic Music and Sound:
Interactive Digital-Analog Hybrids

Concert: Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 7:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion (free)

New College students in Electronic Music II present final performance projects, performing with interactive systems for a digital-analog synthesizer, and sharing works in digital sound design.

Electronic Music and Sound:
Pulse | Soundscape | Noise

Concert: Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Black Box Theater (free)

Students In Electronic Music I present final projects from a range of styles within electronic dance music, musique concrète, the classical avant-garde, and more.


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

Support for this season was provided by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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