New Music Works Season 43!

Sponsored by Rowland and Pat Rebele

Concert III:

Sponsored by Pacific Cookie Company

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Doors 7pm / Show 7:30pm
Where: Peace United Church of Christ (In the Sanctuary)
900 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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James Tenney

Stan Poplin

THE MUSIC OF SOUND is a program of unique and powerful musical approaches.


Postponed for 1 year, 11 months and 29 days, we are bursting at the seams, to finally present this repertoire to you!

A kaleidoscopic chamber concert of multiple configurations and angles, this will be a big night out! Tantalizing and richly textured ensemble works by Bryce Dessner and James Tenney, along with the world premiere of Michael McGushin’s Every Afternoon: A Dialogue for two sopranos and two pianos, and set to poetry of Gertrude Stein.

The evening’s two sets begin with solo performances, starting with one of two WORLD PREMIERES! Suite for Guitar by Kenneth Hill, will be performed by Italian-born, renowned Bay Area guitarist, Giacomo Fiore. Kenneth, a longtime Ben Lomond resident of Santa Cruz County, is a skillful guitarist, master luthier, composer and founding owner of Hill Guitar Company. Giacomo is a UCSC Graduate, residing in San Francisco and on the faculties at University of San Francisco and UCSC.


Kenneth Hill, Suite for Guitar (2022) (WORLD PREMIERE!)
Giacomo Fiore, guitar
I. Stolen Moments
II. Blindness
III. Canary Jig

Michael McGushin, Every Afternoon: A Dialogue
Two Sopranos: Sheila Willey and Emily Sinclair
Two Pianos: Elizabeth Roper and Josiah Stocker
Words: Gertrude Stein

James Tenney, Tableaux Vivants
Clarinet, bassoon, soprano/baritone saxophones, piano, vibraphone, violin

Three Norwegian Folksongs (arr. by Stan Poplin)
Brurmarsj fra Beiarn – Jonhan A. Aronsen (1876-1965)
Brurmarsj fra Sorfold – Alfred Buvik (1937)
Kila Roa Bane – Bansull (lullaby) fra Saltdal

Miles Davis/Charlie Parker, Donna Lee (arr. by Stan Poplin)
Stan Poplin, double bass

Bryce Dessner, Murder Ballades (2013)
flute/alto flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, violoncello
Omie Wise
Young Emily
Wave The Sea Brushy Fork
Pretty Polly
Tears For Sister Polly

Eighth Blackbird won a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance,
which included Murder Ballades, from their recording Filament, in 2016.
Read a Review of Chasing Omie: eighth blackbird and Bryce Dessner’s ‘Murder Ballades’
Read about the 2016 Performance of Eighth Blackbird with Bonnie “Prince” Billy Ghostlight, at Museum


“Bryce Dessner’s Murder Ballades, recorded on Eighth Blackbird’s 2016 Grammy Award-winning album
grisly American tales of revenge and betrayal through simple, upbeat melodies.”

Kenneth Hill

Michael McGushin

Emily Sinclairn and Sheila Willey

NewMusicWorks Ensemble

Lars Johannesson, flute and alto flute
Stephen Zielenski, clarinet and bass clarinet
Neil Fairbairn, bassoon
Paul Contos, soprano and baritone saxophones
Tony Gennaro, percussion
Elizabeth Roper, piano
Josiah Stocker, piano
Shannon D’Antonio, violin
Kristin Garbeff, violoncello
Giacomo Fiore

NewMusicWorks Ensemble

Music Director and Conductor
Phil Collins

Guest Soloists
Sheila Willey, soprano
Emily Sinclair, soprano
Giacomo Fiore, guitar
Stan Poplin, double bass

Giacomo Fiore

This concert is supported in part by grants from the Arts Council Santa Cruz,
the Community Foundation
of Santa Cruz County, and the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation