Chen Yi
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Composer Portraits

A cornerstone of Miller’s programming, these evening-length musical profiles explore the work of a single...

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Composer Portraits: Chen Yi

“It melts into air and light, it’s like the space in Chinese paintings, it’s lled into the dancing...

Composer Portraits

Chen Yi

Curtis 20/21 Ensemble

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 8pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

Shaped by her experience coming of age during the Cultural Revolution, Chen Yi’s early influences included Chinese traditional music and Western classical music.  She is a master of contemporary technique and a strong advocate for music’s power to connect audiences of different cultural backgrounds. The spirited Curtis 20/21 Ensemble will take on Chen’s impressive chamber works, including the evocative Happy Rain on a Spring Night.


Performers


Repertoire

  • Shuo Chang (2013)
  • Three Bagatelles from China West (2006)
  • Happy Rain on a Spring Night (2004)
  • Qi (1997)
  • Sparkle (1992)
  • Near Distance (1988)

Additional Information


Major support for Composer Portraits is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tallis Scholars: Heinrich Isaac at 500
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Early Music

Renowned ensembles from all over the globe explore the musical riches of the pre-Classical era, from Medieval...

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Tallis Scholars: Heinrich Isaac at 500

“The music is enlivened by syncopations and complex internal rhythms, as well as some judicious...

Early Music

Tallis Scholars: Heinrich Isaac at 500

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 8pm

Church of St. Mary the Virgin

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2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Netherlandish Renaissance composer Heinrich Isaac, whose career spanned the European continent and encompassed both sacred and secular genres. Though less widely known today than his contemporary Josquin des Prez, his work has nonetheless been massively influential. The Tallis Scholars return to Miller to celebrate the legacies of these prolific composers, performing two of Isaac’s motets alongside selections from Josquin, John Browne, and Nicolas Gombert.



Repertoire

  • Josquin des Prez Gaude virgo
  • Josquin Stabat mater
  • Josquin Absalom fili mi
  • Nicolas Gombert Lugebat Absalom
  • Heinrich Isaac Optime divino
  • John Browne Stabat juxta
  • Isaac Tota pulcra es
  • Josquin Inter natos mulierum
  • Gombert Regina caeli a 10

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Photo by Nick Rutter

Bach Piano Concertos
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Bach

Bach is back at Miller Theatre, with a spotlight on keyboard works performed by talented soloists.

Bach

Bach Piano Concertos

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 8pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

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Bach wrote many concertos for harpsichord throughout his lifetime, and given his attraction to the possibilities of counterpoint and harmony, it comes as no surprise that one keyboard could not satisfy his imagination. In this program, Simone Dinnerstein teams up with fellow pianists Philip Lasser, Awadagin Pratt, and Dan Tepfer for an unparalleled performance of Bach’s concertos for one, two, three, and four keyboards.


Performers


Repertoire

  • Bach Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106 (arr. Kurtag)
  • Bach Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 62 (arr. Busoni)
  • Bach Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140 (arr. Busoni)
  • Bach Concerto in C minor for Two Pianos, BWV 1060
  • Dan Tepfer Algorithmic Improvisation on B.A.C.H.
  • Bach Concerto in C major for Two Pianos, BWV 1061 
  • Bach Concerto in F minor for Piano, BWV 1056  
  • Bach Concerto in D minor for Three Pianos, BWV 1063
  • Philip Lasser/Bach Intermezzo and Fugatine on the E major Prelude and Fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier Bk. 1
  • Bach Concerto in A minor for Four Pianos, BWV 1065
     

Additional Information


Yamaha grand pianos and Yamaha Disklavier reproducing piano provided by Yamaha Artist Services, New York.

Photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco

A stand-by line will form the night of the show starting at 6pm. Any returned tickets will be available for sale (full-price only) on a first-come, first-served basis. Section A - $55; Section B - $45; Section C - $35.

Ugly Holiday Sweater Party with Genghis Barbie
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Pop-Up Concerts

Bring a friend, grab a drink, and join us onstage for these fun, free, informal performances on select...

Pop-Up Concerts

Ugly Holiday Sweater Party with Genghis Barbie

Monday, December 11, 2017, 6pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

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Grab your ugliest holiday sweater and join us for a holiday party like no other. The incredible all-female French horn quartet Genghis Barbie returns to put everyone in the holiday spirit with a dazzling twist on seasonal favorites. 

All concerts start at 6 p.m. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, and doors open at 5:30 p.m.


Performers

  • Rachel Drehmann, Attila the Horn french horn
  • Danielle Kuhlmann, Velvet Barbie french horn
  • Laura Weiner, Alpine Barbie french horn
  • Alana Vegter, Freedom Barbie french horn

Additional Information


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

Carnival of the Animals

Carnival of the Animals Returns!

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Family

Miller Theatre’s family programming combines theatrical staging with live music, designed to delight...

Family

Carnival of the Animals

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 2pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

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Music by Camille Saint-Saëns, with poetry by Ogden Nash

Miller reimagines its holiday favorite, bringing new puppets and new surprises to celebrate “feathers, fur, and fins.” A peek behind the painted red curtain will charm and enchant, as director Lake Simons returns to bring a sense of magic and fantasy to the Miller stage. Featuring some of New York’s best musicians and most skillful puppeteers, this year’s Carnival will delight longtime fans and welcome first-timers into a world of wit and imagination. For the young and the young at heart, come experience what is quickly becoming one of New York’s most beloved holiday traditions!

Additional performance: Saturday, December 16 at 5pm


Repertoire

  • Camille Saint-Saëns  The Carnival of the Animals (1886)

Additional Information


Tickets: $15 - $35 for adults, $9 - $21 for children. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Each person, regardless of age, must have a ticket to be admitted.

Photo by Karli Cadel for Miller Theatre

Carnival of the Animals

​Carnival of the Animals Returns!

About The Series

Family

Miller Theatre’s family programming combines theatrical staging with live music, designed to delight...

Family

Carnival of the Animals

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 5pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

This event has ended.

Music by Camille Saint-Saëns, with poetry by Ogden Nash

Miller reimagines its holiday favorite, bringing new puppets and new surprises to celebrate “feathers, fur, and fins.” A peek behind the painted red curtain will charm and enchant, as director Lake Simons returns to bring a sense of magic and fantasy to the Miller stage. Featuring some of New York’s best musicians and most skillful puppeteers, this year’s Carnival will delight longtime fans and welcome first-timers into a world of wit and imagination. For the young and the young at heart, come experience what is quickly becoming one of New York’s most beloved holiday traditions!

Additional performance: Saturday, December 16 at 2pm


Repertoire

  • Camille Saint-Saëns  The Carnival of the Animals (1886)

Additional Information


Tickets: $15 - $35 for adults, $9 - $21 for children. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Each person, regardless of age, must have a ticket to be admitted.

Photo by Karli Cadel for Miller Theatre