2019–20 SEASON

NewMusicWorks 41st Season is gangbusters
and season sponsored by our long,
dear angelic friends,
Secret Lives of the Piano, sponsored by Hill Guitar Company
NLC Sponsor: Santa Cruz County Bank

The Music of Sound: Pacific Cookie Company

This season unveils four world premieres of local vintage, by Santa Cruz composers Michael McGushin, Barry Phillips, Scott Stobbe and Philip Collins.

CONCERT III — The Music of Sound

Saturday, 7:30pm April 4, 2020
Peace United Church of Christ
Sheila Willey, soprano
The Ariose Singers
Conductor Camille Couture
NMW Ensemble
Phil Collins, Conductor

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CONCERT IV — Avant Garden Cabaret

Sunday, 2-6 pm June 7, 2020
Return to Eric’s Island! 

  • Igam Ogam: Scott Stobbe guita; Lee Corbie-Wells violin and vocals; Patrice Wallace, bass.
  • The Great Morgani
  • NMW Ensembleperform Terry Riley’sTread on the Trail
  • Singing Wood Marimba Ensemble, Laura Mallon, Director
  • The Ariose Singers, Camille Couture, Director
  • Stan Poplin and Cary Nichols Duo
  • Bill Walker,atmospheric electric slide guitar

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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.



Five soundings of works by fantastic composers whose music has not been featured previously on NewMusicWorks programs:

David Behrman, Bryce Dessner, Carleton Macy, Paul Simon and the late György Ligeti,


Season 41 began on intimate terms, on a September afternoon at a private residence in South Santa Cruz County. The recital – Secret Lives of a Piano-featured virtuoso pianist Sarah Cahill, performing on a vintage 1868, nine-foot Steinway grand piano that was owned – and treasured – by the four composers who were featured in the program: Percy Grainger, Henry Cowell, Lou Harrison, and Philip Collins.

The afternoon was embellished further by savory hors d’oeuvres, compliments of Chocolate Restaurant.

The whole of it, sponsored by Hill Guitar Company.

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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!