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Miller Theatre Announces Winter 2017 Pop-Up Concert Line-Up

“Miller’s superb series of short and perpetually satisfying Pop-Up concerts.” – The New York Times

Miller Theatre at Columbia University
School of the Arts

announces the winter 2017 season of


Tuesday, January 24
Marilyn Nonken

Tuesday, February 14
Valentines Day Prom Night Extravaganza
With Genghis Barbie


Tuesday, March 7
Miranda Cuckson


Tuesday, March 28
Orlando Consort: Music For a Renaissance Chateau


Free admission • Doors at 5:30pm, music at 6:00pm
at Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at 116th Street)

From Miller Theatre Executive Director Melissa Smey:

“Miller Theatre’s free Pop-Up Concert series line-up offers a wide range of options this winter, from the music of the Renaissance to Mariah Carey to a Steve Lehman premiere. We’re delighted to welcome back Marilyn Nonken and Miranda Cuckson to Miller’s intimate stage atmosphere, and present our first Pop-Up event with Orlando Consort. And we’ll dance the night away at Prom with Genghis Barbie on Valentine’s Day.”

Pop-Up Concerts

Bring a friend, grab a drink, and join some of today’s most interesting performers onstage at Miller Theatre on select Tuesday evenings. Pop-Up Concerts have become a beloved mainstay at Miller, providing free, informal performances in the early evening. The unique format allows the theater to test out new ideas, giving established ensembles the chance to experiment and introducing new performers before they hit the Miller mainstage. Free libations contribute to the laid-back ambiance. All concerts start at 6 p.m. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, and doors open at 5:30 p.m.


Tuesday, January 24
Marilyn Nonken

Marilyn Nonken has been heralded as a “determined protector of important music” (The New York Times) and recognized as “one of the great interpreters of new music” (American Record Guide). Continuing this legacy, she returns to Miller Theatre with works written specifically for her by two leading composers, Liza Lim and Elizabeth Hoffman. Lim’s four-movement piano cycle, which opens the program, was inspired by Cy Twombly’s “Quattro Stagioni” on view at the Museum of Modern Art.
Elizabeth Hoffman                             organum let open (2009) New York premiere
Liza Lim                                             The Four Seasons (After Cy Twombly) (2008)


Tuesday, February 14
Prom Night with Genghis Barbie

Rachel Drehmann, Attila The Horn; Leelanee Sterrett, Cosmic Barbie;
Alana Vegter, Freedom Barbie; Laura Weiner, Alpine Barbie


Love is in the air as Miller Theatre cordially invites you to its Valentine’s Day extravaganza. The dynamic all-female French horn quartet Genghis Barbie will serenade you with a visceral and unadulterated musical adventure, ranging from Bizet to Queen. Bring your sweetheart, or make a new one, under the lights at Miller Theatre.

Full program to be announced; highlights include:

Georges Bizet                                    Au fond du temple saint (The Pearl Fisher’s duet)
Queen                                                Somebody to Love
Pete Ham/Tom Evans                        Without You (made popular by Mariah Carey)


Tuesday, March 7
Miranda Cuckson

Miranda Cuckson returns to Miller Theatre’s stage with a solo concert. A favorite of audiences for her great range of repertoire and styles, she’s become one of the most sought after performers of contemporary music. Cuckson is passionate about the role of the performer/interpreter in the creative process, which she has proved at concert halls and festivals, galleries and informal spaces alike. Her Pop-Up Concert offers several new violin works by important contemporary voices, including a premiere by Steve Lehman.

Steve Lehman                                   New violin work (2017) world premiere
Michael Hersch                                  the weather and landscape are on our side (2016)
Aaron Jay Kernis                               A Dance of Life (2010)
Huang Ruo                                        Four Fragments (2006)
Aaron Jay Kernis                               Aria-Lament (1992)


Tuesday, March 28
Orlando Consort: Music for a Renaissance Chateau

Matthew Venner, countertenor; Mark Dobell, tenor;
Angus Smith, tenor; Donald Grieg, baritone

Miller Theatre welcomes spring with the beautiful voices of Britain’s Orlando Consort, celebrated for their deep insight and inspired performances of early music.  The ensemble’s Pop-Up Concert, titled “Music for a Renaissance Chateau,” will transport us to an earlier time to explore serene landscapes and exquisite chambers.

From the minstrel’s gallery

Guillaume de Machaut                        Rose, liz, printemps, verdure
Guillaume Dufay                                 Adieu ces bons vins
In the Garden
Gabriel                                                 Aquella mora garrida
Francisco Guerrero                              Quasi cedrus
Sermisy                                                Changeons propos
In the Bed Chamber
Heinrich Isaac                                      Donna di dentro
Anonymous                                          Canto di donne maestre
In the Chapel 
Rodrigo de Ceballos                            Hortus conclusus
Juan Ponce                                          Ave color vini clari
In the Dining Hall
Matthias Greiter                                   Von Eyren
Anonymous                                          Trinkt und singt


Major support for Pop-Up Concerts is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Dow Jones Foundation

Columbia University’s Miller Theatre is located north of the Main Campus Gate at 116th St. & Broadway on the ground floor of Dodge Hall.

Directions and information are available online at www.millertheatre.com or via the Miller Theatre Box Office, at 212/854-7799.

For further information, press tickets, and to arrange interviews, please contact Aleba & Co. at 212/206-1450 or aleba@alebaco.com.

For photos, please contact Eric M. Gewirtz at 212/854-2380 or eg2893@columbia.edu.


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