Hailed as one of the “gems of Bay Area culture,” the Mills Music Now Concert Series is a celebration of the College’s rich tradition of experimentation and a glimpse into the future of a broad range of musical practices.
Mills College has been a center of musical creativity and innovation for the past century. Through the annual Mills Music Now series, faculty, students, and visiting artists come together to define the cutting edge of music, from electronic to classical performance to jazz improvisation.
A strong lineup of concerts forms the heart of the Mills Music Now series, with additional programming including the highly anticipated Signal Flow and X Sound festivals showcasing new works by graduating music students, and lectures, workshops, residencies, and master classes from invited artists. Recent Mills Music Now performers include Laetitia Sonami, Alvin Curran, Zeena Parkins, Fred Frith, William Winant, Joanna MacGregor, Rumbaché, the Eclipse Quartet, and the Rara Tou Limen Haitian Music and Dance Troupe.
All Mills Music Now events are open to the public. Most, but not all, events are held in our historic Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall. Check individual event listings to confirm the venue.
Darius Milhaud Concert
Friday, September 24, 2021
Sarah Cahill: The Future is Female
Saturday, October 30, 2021
(Hewlett 50 Arts Commission)
Friday November 12, 2021
Saturday, November 13, 2021
Mendi and Keith Obadike
(David Tudor Composer-in-Residence)
Installation: The Bell Rang
Thursday to Sunday, November 18-21. 2021
Friday, December 11, 2021
(Jean Macduff Vaux Composer-in-Residence)
Saturday, February 5, 2022
Barbara Strozzi, Venetian Virtuosa
Postponed, dates T.B.D. in Fall 2022
Saturday, March 12, 2022
(Dewing Piano Recital)
Sunday, April 3, 2022
Music From the Fault Zone: Experimental Music at Mills College (1939 to the present)
Thursday to Sunday, April 21-24, 2022