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.
Jazz SFJAZZ Collective A Tribute to Miles Davis
Composer Portraits Johannes Maria Staud Ensemble Signal
Pop-Up Concerts Jason Treuting + JACK Quartet
Composer Portraits Klas Torstensson