Each year, Miller launches its new programming season with a one-of-a-kind performance — often one of the hottest tickets of the fall.
For Opening Night, Miller often partners with favorite returning artists to create a work of ambitious scope. For example, our 25th Anniversary Season kicked off in September 2013 with Zorn at 60, a four-concert series featuring more than 100 musicians in a program that ranged from symphonies to chamber music to a solo organ improvisation by the composer himself.
Other adventurous past Opening Nights include the U.S. premieres of James Dillon's orchestral cycle Nine Rivers and Kaija Saaraiho’s ballet Maa (an original production later revived at Paris's famous Cité de la Musique); and early-music ensemble Le Poème Harmonique in Venezia, a candlelit performance that evoked 17th-century Venice through song.
Composer Portraits Augusta Read Thomas
Jazz Aaron Diehl Quartet
Bach, Revisited Michael Gordon + Bach Ensemble Signal
Campus Events WORDLESS! Spiegelman & Johnston The Heyman Center for the Humanities
Rental Event On Tap: From Broadway to the Silver Screen Legacy 36 with the Ziegfeld Society
Rental Event The 31st Annual Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival
Pop-Up Concerts Yarn/Wire
Early Music Myths & Allegories Les Délices
Campus Events Glories of the Japanese Music Heritage: Ancient Soundscapes Reborn Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies: Japanese Cultural Heritage Initiatives
Debate: The President’s Constitutional Authority The Richard Paul Richman Center at Columbia University, Intelligence Squared U.S., and the National Constitution Center