The New Century Chamber Orchestra performs without a conductor. The musicians interact with each other the same way members of a jazz group do -- through eye contact, energy, and whole lot of trust. The result is an electric sense of immediacy, excitement, and musical sensitivity that will send chills down your spine. New Century dispenses with the stuffy pretensions of some classical music programs and combines disparate works to showcase their similarities, underscore their differences, or revel in the sheer range of musical possibilities. In addition to performing classic pieces of chamber orchestra repertoire, New Century commissions important new works, breathes new life into rarely heard jewels of the past and brings pieces from other genres such as jazz into the chamber orchestra setting.