The New Gallery Concert Series (NGCS) presents new pieces of music and visual art, along with the composers and artists who create them. NGCS’s commitment to building a unique community that encourages highly interactive collaborations between musicians, visual artists, and members of the audience makes the New Gallery Concert Series one of the most refreshing organizations of its kind.
Founded by Artistic Director Sarah Bob in the fall of 2000, this 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation is in its 13th season and is a major contributor to Boston’s new music community. The series has hosted 38 concerts with over 207 musical compositions, 52 world premieres and hundreds of works by over three dozen visual artists from around the world. 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.
Besides exposing the talent of countless musicians and visual artists, the New Gallery Concert Series has a long list of accomplishments. NGCS and the Community Music Center of Boston are co-presenters of the annual week long Young Composers Festival every January. 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. NGCS also received the first ever John Kleshinski Award, gave performances/presentations of contemporary American music in Bulgaria (thanks to the Trust for Mutual Understanding) and was on the short list of presenters at Boston’s WGBH Classical Festival. 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 pianist Steven Drury, soprano Lisa Saffer, the Borromeo String Quartet, flutist Fenwick Smith, cellist Matt Haimovitz, violinist Irina Muresanu, composers John Harbison, Michael Gandolfi, Lee Hyla and even Guitar Hero’s co-creator/clarinetist, Eran Egozy to name just a few.
“By allowing the audience, creators and performers to work together as a unit, to see and feel the relationship from each to each other, we allow our own outlook to expand. We learn by shifting perspectives and by questioning assumptions. We support artists of today because it is the only way to keep our community and our selves growing. Risk taking and new forms of expression encourage every aspect of our own development. Look, in a nutshell, we like working with people who are talented, passionate and alive.”
— Sarah Bob
Artistic Director, New Gallery Concert Series
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