An interesting season is planned for 2022-23’s New Music New College series—which, like many others, had been impacted by Covid-19 in the past year or two.
The new music series, now in its 24th year, will move forward under interim director Ron Silver. (Former director Mark Dancigers has stepped aside to focus more on his own composing career.) Silver has long been associated with the series, and he says he’s “focused on presenting a killer season and keeping the program vital and robust,” as the five-concert season returns to the campus.
Three of those concerts will feature visiting artists, and two will involve New College students, faculty and staff, along with members of the community, as performers.
It all kicks off Oct. 8 with the Recap Quartet, a new percussion ensemble from a generation of musicians dedicated to music reflecting today’s diverse society. Arlene Acevedo, Alexis Carter, Tiahna Sterling and Aline Vasquez, four young women of color from Rahway, New Jersey, comprise the group, which has been heard on NPR. Their album Count to Five features work by women composers (including 2022 Hermitage Greenfield Prize winner Angélica Negrón). That concert will be in the improvised Club Sudakoff, at 8 p.m.
It's followed by a concert that takes listeners inside Terry Riley’s experimental work In C, with musicians surrounding the audience on all four sides of the outdoor Pepsico Arcade. Players and singers from the college, nearby schools and the community will participate, at 8 p.m. Nov. 19.
Pianist Kathleen Supové returns to New Music New College at 8 p.m. Jan. 14 with a program called “Next Door” in the Mildred Sainer Pavilion. The program “contemplates the ambiguity and richness of the term ‘next door,’” and at least one world premiere piece is expected here.
The Koski Plaza will be home to the March 4 performance, It’s Alive! A Monstrous Circle on Frankenstein placing musicians in the plaza and on the balconies of the ACE Academic Center. It’s a mash-up of composer John Cage and author Mary Shelley that takes the 1818 text of Shelley’s classic novel as the basis for Cage’s performance process.
Lastly, composer, vocalist and electronics wizard Pamela Z returns to NMNC with a program of solo works for voice, real-time electronic processing, sampled sounds, interactive video and more, on April 29.
Each performance lasts about an hour, with a free reception after or free food during. Tickets are $15 to the general public (with a season subscription $60) and free for New College students, faculty and staff, as well as students, faculty and staff at SCF, USF Sarasota-Manatee, Ringling College, FSU/Asolo Conservatory, Eckerd College and Booker High. Tickets for students at other schools are just $5.
Each concert is preceded by a free Artist Conversation the Thursday before. For complete details, head to newmusicnewcollege.org/events.