New Music New College Kicks Off 2016 with ‘Breathtaking’ JACK Quartet, Saturday, Jan. 16, at 8:00 p.m.

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New Music New College Kicks Off 2016 with ‘Breathtaking’ JACK Quartet

The JACK Quartet is a string group like no other, the Washington Post writes: “the go-to quartet for contemporary music, tying impeccable musicianship to intellectual ferocity and a take-no-prisoners sense of commitment.”

But don’t just take the Post’s word for it. The JACK Quartet’s performances are “breathtaking” (London’s The Guardian), “viscerally exciting” (The New York Times), and display “explosive virtuosity” (Boston Globe).

New Music New College veterans may recall their previous appearances here, including a performance of John Zorn’s “Cat O’ Nine Tails,” where the musicians attack each other with their bows. This time, their program will feature Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams’s “The Wind in High Places.”

New Music New College, in its 17th season, is a five-concert series that brings innovative performers to the Sarasota and Manatee County communities. It is a program of New College of Florida, the state’s honors college and a national leader in the liberal arts and sciences.  The series is funded in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development tax revenues.

For reservations, visit or call 941-487-4888.

To learn more about the JACK Quartet, visit

JACK Quartet: The Wind in High Places

Saturday, Jan. 16, at 8:00 p.m.

Sainer Pavilion, New College of Florida, 5313 Bay Shore Road

Pre-concert talk at 7:30 p.m.

Artist Conversation, Thursday, Jan. 14, 5:00 p.m., Sainer Pavilion (free)

Tickets: $15. Call 941-487-4888 or visit


New College of Florida is a national leader in the arts and sciences and is the State of Florida’s designated honors college for the liberal arts. Consistently ranked among the top public liberal arts colleges in America by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and The Princeton Review, New College attracts highly motivated, academically talented students from 38 states and 23 foreign countries. A higher proportion of New College students receive Fulbright awards than graduates from virtually all other colleges and universities.

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