The New World
...past and present

The New World Trio had its origins on a snowy night in 1984, when Anhared Stowe presented a chamber music program in the dead of winter in an out-of-the-way chapel. Not many patrons showed up, but those who did were enthusiastic “We have to get you a venue!” said one, and he proceeded to do just that, becoming the first board president as well. The next season, he presided over the new organization, and guided it through its incorporation. New World was on its way. Those first years marked out NWT as an innovative group that combined a variety of formats and compositions, and, in the process, built up a dedicated group of listeners who have sustained it for years.

Today, wide-ranging presentations of both classical and contemporary chamber music works are performed with consummate artistry. The ensemble serves two goals: inspiring its audiences with established masterpieces, and educating them about the valuable literature that is seldom heard elsewhere.  New World “…likes to present surprising juxtapositions….” says the New York Times. Alongside the established repertoire, the group has played over one hundred twentieth century works, including several commissions, many of which have had the composer present for commentary. Audiences have been delighted to discover how enjoyable these pieces are, and how readily they integrate thematically with traditional works. NWT was among the very first to engage twenty-first century composers, and was hailed as “…an Exemplar…” by Chamber Music America.

“More significant than any individual performing, the New World made abundantly clear the first rule of chamber music:  the power of the whole surpassing the sum of the parts. Well-matched, together and balanced, the New World handled the tricky ensemble issues with aplomb.”                                                                                                  - The Hartford Courant

The ensemble has performed in many of the outstanding halls in the Greater Hartford area, including Centennial Theater, the Carol Autorino Center, Bronson-Hutensky Theater, the Wadsworth Atheneum, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford Seminary, Trinity College, and The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. This season, New World will be moving to St. John’s Episcopal Church in West Hartford Connecticut as “Ensemble-in-Residence.” With its beautiful neo-gothic interior and excellent acoustics, St John’s provides the intimate atmosphere that chamber music lovers particularly appreciate. Indeed, these qualities have led to the church’s sanctuary becoming a favorite venue for choral groups, recitalists, and St. John’s own “Music at the Red Door” performing series. Add to this its easily-accessed central location close to the highway and secure free parking: in all, an ideal site for fine music.

In 1986, the ensemble became a nonprofit, tax-exempt performing arts organization under the laws of Connecticut and the Section 501[c] [3] of the Internal Revenue Code. The board has developed long term support for the organization with the help of members, foundations, and granting institutions.