Nu Deco Ensemble announces its 2018-19 Season

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Nu Deco Ensemble announces its 2018-19 Season

The Miami-based ensemble’s fourth season continues to push the boundaries of orchestral music, performing genre-bending classical repertoire with a focus on today’s most exciting living composers, orchestral suites celebrating some of the most popular artists of all time, and inspired collaborations with special guest artists, in performances at Miami’s premiere music venues – New World Center, Arsht Center, the Light Box and North Beach Bandshell

The season, which kicks off October 11 at the Light Box, includes works by Nico Muhly, Andy Akiho, Anna Meredith, William Brittelle, and Aaron Parks, plus a major commission from Magda Giannikou at the exquisite New World Center, and an all-female composer concert featuring commissions from Nu Works winners Holly Harrison and Tanner Porter

Guest artists include Grammy-Award winning superstar and Broadway actress Michelle Williams, singer/pianist Ben Folds, RnB artist BJ The Chicago Kid, organ virtuoso Cory Henry, vocal genius Tei Shi, the inventive and imaginative tUnE-yArDs, members of Wye Oak and more

Nu Deco Ensemble continues its educational and outreach programming, with a series of free performances for students at Homestead’s historic Seminole Theatre and the Arsht Center, as well as the launch of Nu Deco Jr. Youth Orchestra

The ensemble will also release its first commercial recording in 2019, featuring genre-bending music, collaborations with today’s most exciting cross-over artists, and original new works

A risk-taking, powerful, experimental, high-speed train heading into the future with a sound inviting us aboard.

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 Miami’s Nu Deco Ensemble is proud to announce its fourth season, continuing its forward-thinking programming and genre-bending performances throughout 2018-19, with concerts at New World Center, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Wynwood’s The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, and the North Beach Bandshell. The orchestra’s singular mix of core classical repertoire, contemporary music and commissions, and collaboratively-arranged suites of popular music, has built a devoted fan base of next-generation music lovers throughout the South Florida area, with sold-out crowds and critical acclaim.

Nu Deco Ensemble continues its commitment to commissioning contemporary composers with the coming season including works by Nico Muhly, Andy Akiho, William Brittelle, Anna Meredith, and Aaron Parks, and cross-genre guest artists like Grammy award-winning superstar Michelle Williams, singer/pianist Ben Folds, RnB artist BJ The Chicago Kid, organ virtuoso Cory Henry, vocal genius Tei Shi, the inventive and imaginative tUnE-yArDs, and more.

The season opens October 11-13 at The Light Box, with a jazz-influenced program featuring the overture to Leonard Bernstein’s On The Town in honor of his 100th birthday, Wynton Marsalis’s A Fiddler’s Tale Suite, a reimagined version of Duke Ellington’s Caravan by Sam Hyken, and a symphonic journey through the music of icon Curtis Mayfield created by Nu Deco Ensemble members and co-founder and Artistic Director Hyken. The guest artist will be Grammy-Award winning organ virtuoso and singer Cory Henry.

December 15 will see the season’s first concert at The Arsht Center, a soul music-infused program centering on a special collaboration with superstar Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, RnB singer/songwriter BJ The Chicago Kid, and the Miami Mass Choir. The program includes a symphonic suite in tribute of the great Aretha Franklin, Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite, and more.

January 26, the group will take to Miami Beach for its annual outdoor performance in the iconic architectural treasure, the North Beach Bandshell. This performance brings together local Miamians of all ages and cultures for an eclectic program that celebrates Miami’s unique history and diversity with new symphonic orchestrations by members of the orchestra.

February 14-16, Nu Deco Ensemble returns to The Light Box for an all-female composer program, including premieres of new works by Anna Meredith, as well as the two winners of their Nu Works call for scores, Holly Harrison from Australia and Tanner Porter from Boston. The concert will close with a suite of music by Nina Simone and a special collaboration featuring vocal genius Tei Shi.

Nu Deco Ensemble returns to New World Center for concerts on March 29-30, with new works by Ricardo Romaneiro and a world premiere commission by Magda Giannikou that will include projections onto the venue’s iconic “sails,” a collaboration with the inventive and imaginative tUnE-yArDs, and a suite of music by Sting and The Police.

April 18 will see a return to The Arsht Center with a performance featuring Spiritual America by William Brittelle, featuring Wye Oak singer Jenn Wasner, Copland’s Billy the Kid Suite, a suite based on the music of Bill Withers, a special collaboration with Ben Folds, and a guest artist to be announced later this season.

The season closes May 9-11 at The Light Box with a program of music by Nico Muhly, Andy Akiho, a collaboration with composer/pianist Aaron Parks, and a newly-orchestrated suite based on an artist or group voted on by Nu Deco audiences.

In addition to the performances, Nu Deco Ensemble will continue its expansive educational outreach with free performances for children at the Seminole Theater in South Dade’s underserved Homestead district and at Miami’s premiere performing art center, The Arsht Center. The group will also launch Nu Deco Jr., a youth orchestra built around the Ensemble’s signature model, focusing on not only Western Classical repertoire, but also contemporary works, re-imaginings of popular music, and guest collaborations.

Nu Deco Ensemble will also release its first studio recording towards the end of the season, featuring works by Andy Akiho, Kishi Bashi, Danay Suarez, OutKast, and more.

For more information about Nu Deco Ensemble’s fourth season, and to purchase subscriptions and individual tickets for all performances, please visit their website at

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About Nu Deco Ensemble

Made in Miami, Nu Deco Ensemble is a virtuosic and eclectic chamber orchestra designed for the 21st century. Its mission is to create compelling and transformative genre-bending musical experiences that inspire, enrich, and connect new and diverse audiences and artists. Founded and directed by Jacomo Barios and Sam Hyken, Nu Deco Ensemble ignites the imaginations and passions of music lovers of all ages, contributing significantly to the cultural renaissance of South Florida. Focusing on the performance of works by living composers, cutting-edge collaborations with special guests, and rearranging works by innovative artists, the core 31-piece ensemble consisting of both traditional and non-traditional orchestral instruments aspires to represent Miami on the world’s stage.
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