For the 10th straight year, sizzling sounds from visiting cutting edge composers, performers and ensembles will take the stage at UNCG’s New Music Festival (NMF). As part of Greensboro’s 17 Days Festival, NMF runs Sept. 24-27, and includes concerts, lectures, workshops, improv jams and more.

The finale concert of the festival will feature the Oasis Quartet at 8 p.m on Friday, Sept. 27, at Mack & Mack (220 S Elm Street). Tickets are available at the door; $10 adults, $6 seniors, $4 non-UNCG students, UNCG students free. There will also be music by Keith Carpenter, Mark Engebretson, Martin Bresnick, Alexandros Markeas, and special guest Sam Newsome. Founded in 2007, the Oasis Quartet has appeared nationally and internationally as chamber musicians, clinicians, orchestral musicians, soloists and adjudicators. As described by Sue Fancher for the Saxophone Journal, their playing is “just simply lovely, with dead-on tuning, tasteful and elegant articulation and stunning virtuosity.”

This year’s highlight performances include a free concert by renowned soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome, violinist Davis Brooks, Greensboro’s own Knives of Spain and electropercu-guru Cameron Britt at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Following the free performance, there will be a “late night” with Sam and the UNCG jazz faculty at 8:30 p.m. in the UNCG Dance Theatre (1408 Walker Avenue, HHP Building). Tickets are $10 for adults, free for students. Sam Newsome first came on the scene in the early 90s as a member of the Terence Blanchard Quintet. Ben Ratcliff of the New York Times has called Newsome’s style “methodical and beautiful… full of personality, peculiarity and calm, rich sound.”

A range of additional concerts will be held in the UNCG Music Building (100 McIver Street) including performances by Burton Beerman, Martin Jones, Keith Carpenter, Chuck Holdeman, Jakov Jakoulov, Martin Jones, Sherwood Shaffer, Knives of Spain, UNCG faculty Marjorie Bagley, Kelly Burke, James Douglass, Mark Engebretson, Alex Ezerman, Alejandro Rutty, plus Quintet Sirocco, the Red Clay Saxophone Quartet and a 10-year retrospective of student composers from Greensboro.

Tickets are available through the UNCG Box Office at or 336-334-4TIX. Ticket prices and start times vary. For a full schedule of events, visit