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New Gallery Concert SeriesCambridge, MA
The New Gallery Concert Series (NGCS) presents new pieces of music and visual art, along with the composers and artists who create them. Along with the highest levels of quality, integrity, and intrigue, NGCS brings contemporary arts to the forefront in a friendly, accessible way. NGCS has been committed to promoting predominantly American music and visual art by living creators since its inception eighteen seasons ago and presently, with a volatile and unpredictable political climate upon us, now, more than ever, NGCS strives to re-emphasize peaceful, thoughtful, heartfelt, and sincere exchange.
Founded by Artistic Director Sarah Bob in the fall of 2000, the New Gallery Concert Series, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, is currently in the midst of its 19th season and is a major contributor to Greater Boston’s new music community and American music repertoire. The series has hosted over 61 concerts with over 327 musical compositions, 79 world premieres and hundreds of works by over three dozen visual artists. With works that span the spectrum from classical-contemporary, improvisation, electronic music, jazz, folk, art song, opera and the avant-garde to sculpture, painting, indoor installations, photography, graphic and children’s book illustrations, visual music, video art and film, NGCS’s programs are cohesive, diverse, exciting and intimate.
After sixteen years in Boston’s South End, NGCS moved across the river to join co-sponsors Cambridge Art Association (CAA) and New School of Music (NSM). All with a shared passion for building a vibrant community through the arts, NGCS, CAA, and NSM connect individuals and facilitate dialogue among artists and art lovers of all ages and backgrounds.
Despite the move to Cambridge, NGCS and the Community Music Center of Boston continue their decade plus tradition as co-presenters of the annual weekend long Young Composers Festival every winter. Numerous students of all ages come together to create music and take risks in a safe environment through composing, panel discussions, professional music readings, tutorials, concerts and presentations that range from how to scratch like a D.J. to extended techniques on every instrument.
Besides exposing the talent of countless up and coming musicians and visual artists, NGCS has a long list of accomplishments. NGCS received the first ever John Kleshinski Award, has given performances/presentations of contemporary American music in Bulgaria (thanks to the Trust for Mutual Understanding), presented at Boston’s WGBH Classical Festival, held residencies at St. Cloud State University (MN), Clark University (MA), given performances/presentations ranging from elementary schools to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Sound Bites Series, created an annual Call for Scores, and is in the process of making its first recording on Avie Records. Careers of many of our new found participants have skyrocketed: from published books to commissions/performances of music for silent films, from art pieces and writings in both the New York Times and the New Yorker to highly acclaimed recordings and tours. Our small but solid organization has attracted music giants including pianists Stephen Drury and Kathleen Supove, soprano Lisa Saffer, the Borromeo String Quartet, flutist Fenwick Smith, cellists Rhonda Rider and Matt Haimovitz, violinist Irina Muresanu, composers John Harbison, Lee Hyla and even Guitar Hero’s co-creator/clarinetist, Eran Egozy to name just a few. NGCS maintains its commitment to working with people who are talented, passionate and alive.