Avant Garden Party Cancelled

Dear Friends and Cohorts of NewMusicWorks:

We hope that this message finds you all well and staying that way.

The NMW Board of Directors has voted to cancel this season’s Avant Garden Party on June 7. We concurred that Santa Cruz is not likely to be virus-free by early June; just two months away.

AND….with such uncertainty about corona virus, we think it would be premature to address re-scheduling the AGP at this time.  The death toll keeps rising, and it is likely that our regional populace has not yet experienced the virus’s full force. Even the fall may still be too early to induce crowd mingling and buffet-nibbling.

For the time being we are taking a ‘wait-and-see’ approach. We will keep thinking creatively about opportunities and options, so that we will be able to respond at the first glimmer of light; at the end of the tunnel (and not from another train approaching).

Our deep gratitude to the generous supporters, artists and technicians who made the first half of 2019-20 season one of the best ever! Our enduring Season Sponsors: Rowland and Pat Rebele; concert sponsors: Larry Pearson of Pacific Cookies, Kenny Hill of Hill Guitar Company and Mary Ann Carson at  Santa Cruz County Bank.

We will be contacting advance ticket holders to provide refunds – or vouchers – as preferred.

Thank you…Thank you…Thank YOU Everyone!
Phil Collins, Executive Artistic Director

New Music Works’ season is supported in part by grants from
The Arts Council of Santa Cruz
Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County
Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation
along with donations from individuals and businesses of Santa Cruz County, the Central Coast, and throughout the United States.


2019-20 NewmusicWorks Ensemble

Philip Collins, Conductor
Lars Johanesson, flute
Meave Cox English horn, oboe
James Pytko clarinets
Michael McGushin, piano
Jim Kassis, percussion
Jennifer Cass, harp
Shannon Delaney, violin

Kristin Garbeff, violoncello
Stan Poplin, double bass


We thank our dear listening friends for their extraordinary support of NewMusicWorks’ 41st Anniversary Celebrations. We could not have done it without you! FYI: 45% of NewMusicWorks income is derived from Individual donors. Like You!