2019–2020 Season

As we enter NMNC's third decade we'll bring some new faces and some returning friends here to perform. The unique quartet Yarn/Wire will open our season, Jen Shyu (who was here a few years ago as part of an ensemble) will present her solo work Nine Doors, and the always amazing JACK Quartet will be here in April for their sixth visit to New Music New College. Professors Mark Dancigers and Kim Anderson will create new works of music and animation with New College students, and still other students will work with Margaret Eginton and NMNC Director Stephen Miles in an updated version of their Living and Dead: The Gettysburg Project. And if that's not enough, we'll also feature the piano/electric guitar duo Grand Electric!

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 February 15 and 16 performances), 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 reception 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. Click here to purchase season tickets or click here to purchase tickets fo individual concerts.

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 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



photo credit: Bobby Fisher


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

Artist Conversation: Thursday, October 3, 5:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion (free)

Today’s composers often reinvent instrumental resources, finding new sonic possibilities in conventional instruments through innovative performance techniques and coloristic combinations. The instrumentation of Yarn/Wire—two pianos, two percussion—has offered composers a surprisingly rich palate for harmony and texture. For their NMNC debut, Yarn/Wire will perform two very different works: Klaus Lang’s shimmering and contemplative molten trees (2017) and Misato Mochizuki’s rousing Le monde des rondes et des carrés (2015).

“Yarn/Wire Mesmerizes”—The New York Times

“fearless” / “restlessly curious” / “spellbinding virtuosity” / “spare, strange, and very, very new”—Time Out New York

Read more here!


Artwork by Kim Anderson


Concert: Saturday, November 16, 8:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion
($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talk: 7:30 p.m.

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

This immersive multimedia concert will feature animations and scores by New College students, Professors Kim Anderson and Mark Dancigers, the electric guitar/piano duo Grand Electric, and new works where sound and music move around the concert space, collaboratively produced by students and faculty. Come see and hear the newest of the new, produced by students and faculty right here at New College!

Read more here!

Jen Shyu:
Nine Doors

Jen Shyu

Jen Shyu

photo credit: Nancy Nassiff

Concert: Saturday, January 18, 8:00 p.m., Club Sudakoff ($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talk: 7:30 p.m.

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

Jen Shyu is an extraordinary composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, and vocalist whose polymath talents are deftly synthesized in the ritualistic solo performance Nine Doors. At the heart of the multi-faceted narrative is a wayang kulit shadow puppeteer’s daughter from Indonesia who, in the face of tragedy and trauma, is empowered through encounters with female legends from Timorese and Korean folklore. As she voyages through time and space to meet them, they offer her guidance, strength, and solace. Astonishingly, Shyu sings songs in eight languages, dances, and plays Taiwanese moon lute, Korean gayageum, piano, Japanese biwa, and Korean soribuk drum to tell this transformative, uplifting story. Jen Shyu is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2019 United States Artists Fellow. She is peerless.

“Ms. Shyu represents a new kind of improviser-composer-ethnomusicologist hybrid . . . an extraordinary voice.”—The New York Times

“One of the most creative vocalists in contemporary improvised music.”—The Nation

Read more here!

Living and Dead:
The Gettysburg Project

New College students performing Gettysburg in 2009

New College students performing Living and Dead in 2009

photo credit: Danielle Rappaport

(Because of space limitations we will present this concert twice.)
Concerts: Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16, 3:00 p.m.
College Hall Music Room
($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talk: 2:30 p.m.

Artist Conversation: Thursday, February 13, 5:00 p.m., College Hall Music Room (free)

What is the cost of social division? What price unity? These questions lie at the heart of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and they inspired Margaret Eginton and Stephen Miles in 2009 to create Living and Dead, a work of experimental theater. Employing movement and vocal sound, both with text and without, Living and Dead will be performed by a small ensemble of New College students, with the audience seated in the round, in our College Hall Music Room. Over a decade after its first performance, NMNC will revive this work for a different moment in our political life, one in which unity can seem unattainable.

Read more here!

JACK Quartet

JACK Quartet

photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan

JACK Quartet

Concert: Saturday, April 4, 8:00 p.m. Mildred Sainer Pavilion ($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talk: 7:30 p.m.

Artist Conversation: Thursday, April 2, 5:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion (free)

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 the finale of our 2019–20 season, JACK will perform Sky Macklay's Many Many Cadences, Jason Eckardt's Testify (a world premiere!), and Helmut Lachenmann's String Quartet no. 3, "Grido".

The “nation’s most important quartet”—The New York Times

“The go-to quartet for contemporary music, tying impeccable musicianship to intellectual ferocity and a take-no-prisoners sense of commitment.”—The Washington Post

Read more here!

Special Events

Electronic Music

Electronic Music II:
Algorithms and Sequences in Live Performance

Concert: Sunday, December 8, 2019, 3:00 p.m., Black Box Theater (free)

We can imagine electronics and computers as instruments, or tools for making a sound. But what happens when composers also start to use electronic and digital means to control the flow of sounds and structure musical time? In this concert, we begin from the humble step sequencer, a way of ordering a group of sounds or notes, and build outward to explore algorithmic composition and techniques for compelling live electronic performance. All music is created and performed by New College students in Electronic Music II.

The Sarasota Brass Quintet

The Sarasota Brass Quintet

Student Composers Concert

Concert: Sunday, April 19, 2020, 3:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion (free)

New College of Florida and the Sarasota Orchestra continue a storied collaboration in which New College students compose works for chamber music groups from the Sarasota Orchestra. In a year-long process of collaborative workshops, students gain professional experience and applied compositional knowledge. This concert features the polished and luminous sounds of the Sarasota Brass Quintet.

Electronic Music I:
Soundscapes, Intelligent Dance Music,
and Fixed Media

Electronic Music

Concert: Saturday, May 2, 2020, 3:00 p.m., Black Box Theater (free)

Students in Electronic Music I explore techniques from the classical electronic avant-garde to the most current styles of popular music production. Expect to hear all of this and more in unique blends of sound for fixed media (recordings) that reflect the compositional voices of New College students.


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 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.

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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.

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

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