Nine Rivers - Part I: Leukosis

Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 8pm

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Part I: Leukosis
The cycle begins with four immersive movements, performed without pause, for six percussionists, six violins, 16 solo voices, and chamber ensemble.

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    A symphonic cycle of monumental proportions, James Dillon’s Nine Rivers is one of the most talked-about new works of the past few years. Written over several decades—and scored for a formidable assemblage of musicians and multimedia artists—the cycle covers a vast sonic terrain, from hushed a cappella singing to high-octane drumming.

    Miller opens the 2011-12 season with an ambitious, three-night staging of this important work, bringing together members of the original creative team with some of the best new music performers on both coasts.

    Co-produced with Works & Process at the Guggenheim
    Mary Sharp Cronson, producer


Performers

  • William Brent software, sound design, and audio engineering
  • Nicholas Houfek lighting design
  • Ross Karre video design
  • Jaime Oliver software, sound design, and audio engineering
  • red fish blue fish
  • The Crossing
  • Donald Nally conductor, The Crossing

Repertoire

  • James Dillon Nine Rivers - Part I U.S. premiere

Nine Rivers - Part II: Iosis

Friday, September 16, 2011, 8pm

This event has ended.

  Part II: Iosis
  Night two features the evening-length work La coupure, for percussion solo with live electronics and video projection, performed by Schick.

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  A symphonic cycle of monumental proportions, James Dillon’s Nine Rivers is one of the most talked-about new works of the past few years. Written over several decades—and scored for a formidable assemblage of musicians and multimedia artists—the cycle covers a vast sonic terrain, from hushed a cappella singing to high-octane drumming.


  Miller opens the 2011-12 season with an ambitious, three-night staging of this important work, bringing together members of the original creative team with some of the best new music performers on both coasts.

  Co-produced with Works & Process at the Guggenheim
  Mary Sharp Cronson, producer


Performers

  • Steven Schick percussion
  • William Brent software, sound design, and audio engineering
  • Nicholas Houfek lighting design
  • Ross Karre video design
  • Jaime Oliver software, sound design, and audio engineering
  • red fish blue fish
  • The Crossing

Repertoire

  • James Dillon Nine Rivers - Part II U.S. premiere

Nine Rivers - Part III: Melanosis

Saturday, September 17, 2011, 8pm

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Part III: Melanosis
  The journey comes to a close with four movements for chamber ensemble, live electronics, tape, brass ensemble, percussion, and voices, including a finale for all 50 musicians.

  ——

  A symphonic cycle of monumental proportions, James Dillon’s Nine Rivers is one of the most talked-about new works of the past few years. Written over several decades—and scored for a formidable assemblage of musicians and multimedia artists—the cycle covers a vast sonic terrain, from hushed a cappella singing to high-octane drumming.

  Miller opens the 2011-12 season with an ambitious, three-night staging of this important work, bringing together members of the original creative team with some of the best new music performers on both coasts.

Co-produced with Works & Process at the Guggenheim
  Mary Sharp Cronson, producer


Performers

  • William Brent software, sound design, and audio engineering
  • Nicholas Houfek lighting design
  • Ross Karre video design
  • Jaime Oliver software, sound design, and audio engineering
  • red fish blue fish
  • The Crossing

Repertoire

  • James Dillon Nine Rivers - Part III U.S. premiere

Tobias Picker
Photo by Harry Heleotis

Tobias Picker

Thursday, October 6, 2011, 8pm

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  Acclaimed by The New Yorker as “a genuine creator with a fertile unforced vein of invention,” Tobias Picker’s music melds the discipline and rigor of his mentors—Charles Wuorinen, Elliott Carter, and Milton Babbitt—with an unabashed and impassioned Romantic streak. Perhaps best known for his operas, which have premiered at major houses such as the Met to widespread critical acclaim, Picker brings an equal sense of drama to his chamber music. A highlight of Miller’s Portrait is his exuberant piano concerto Keys to the City, written to commemorate the centenary of the Brooklyn Bridge. Plus, Sarah Rothenberg and members of the Brentano String Quartet premiere Picker’s new Piano Quintet, Live Oaks.


Performers

  • Tobias Picker composer
  • Steven Beck piano
  • Kirstin Chávez mezzo soprano
  • Layla Claire soprano
  • Ran Dank piano
  • Joyce El-Khoury soprano
  • Gordon Gietz tenor
  • Sarah Rothenberg piano
  • Brentano String Quartet
  • Frédéric Chaslin piano and conductor

Repertoire

  • Piano Quintet: Live Oaks (2011) New York premiere
  • "Diving Aria" from An American Tragedy (2004)
  • "Ghost Aria" from Thérèse Raquin (1999/2000)
  • "Miss Hedgehog's Aria" from Fantastic Mr. Fox (1998)
  • "Letter Aria" from Emmeline (1995)
  • Keys to the City (1987)
  • Rhapsody (1978)

eighth blackbird: SONiC Festival

Saturday, October 15, 2011, 7:30pm

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Miller is proud to be one of the key partners in Sounds of a New Century (SONiC), a new nine-day festival devoted to music written in the first decade of the 21st century by emerging composers age 40 and under. Produced in partnership with American Composers Orchestra, SONiC will feature works by over 100 composers.

Supported in part by the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, the festival recalls the landmark Ditson festivals of contemporary music, held at Miller Theatre in the 1940’s and 50’s, which featured premieres by Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, and Elliott Carter, among many others. Could the next Ives be among this crop of new voices? Miller hosts three performances during the festival’s opening weekend.


Performers

  • eighth blackbird

Repertoire

  • Timothy Andres Crashing Through Fences
  • Bruno Mantovani Chamber Concerto No. 2 New York premiere, eighth blackbird commission
  • Amy Beth Kirsten Pirouette New York premiere
  • Mayke Nas DiGiT #2
  • Fabian Svensson Two Sides New York premiere
  • Dan Visconti Fractured Jams
  • Caleb Burhans Lullaby for Madeline

Extended Play: SONiC Festival

Sunday, October 16, 2011, 12pm

This event has ended.

      Miller is proud to be one of the key partners in Sounds of a New Century (SONiC), a new nine-day festival devoted to music written in the first decade of the 21st century by emerging composers age 40 and under. Produced in partnership with American Composers Orchestra, SONiC will feature works by over 100 composers.

        Supported in part by the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University,  the festival recalls the landmark Ditson festivals of contemporary music, held at Miller Theatre in the 1940’s and 50’s, which featured premieres by Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, and Elliott Carter, among many others. Could the next Ives be among this crop of new voices? Miller hosts three performances during the festival’s opening weekend.


Performers

  • JACK Quartet
  • Talea Ensemble
  • The New York Virtuoso Singers
  • Prism Quartet
  • Young People's Chorus of New York City: Cantare Chorus
  • Concert Chorus
  • Imani Winds
  • Dither Electric Guitar Quartet
  • NOW Ensemble

Repertoire

  • 12:00 - 3:00
  • JACK Quartet
  • Alex Mincek String Quartet no. 3 (lift-tilt-filter-split)
  • Talea Ensemble
  • Hector Parra String Trio U.S. premiere
  • Anthony Cheung Roundabouts U.S. premiere
  • Victor Adan/Douglas Repetto Tractus world premiere, Meet the Composer Commission
  • 4:30 - 7:30
  • JACK Quartet
  • Vykintas Baltakas b(ell tree) U.S. premiere
  • Aaron Cassidy Second String Quartet New York premiere*
  • The New York Virtuoso Singers
  • Jenece C. Gerber Je me delace
  • Nicholas Reeves In Memoriam Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Michael Fletcher H
  • Thomas Lavoy White Stones
  • Yotam Haber I Am world premiere
  • JACK Quartet
  • Hannah Lash Filigree in Textile world premiere**
  • Prism Quartet
  • David Laganella Leafless Tree
  • Roshanne Etezady Inkling
  • Ken Ueno from sunrise to sunset, the summer of the Ken Ueno S.E.P.S.A. bus rides destra e sinistra around Ischia just to get tomorrow’s scatolame
  • Lei Liang Yuan
  • Kati Agocs Coloratura
  • Kristin Kuster Breath Beneath
  • JACK Quartet
  • Jessie Montgomery Standing / Forward  world premiere
  • Young People's Chorus of New York City: Cantare Chorus
  • Elizabeth Ziman Beauty in a Moment
  • Tarik O'Regan The Taxi
  • Susie Ibarra Excerpts from Saturnalia
  • Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum Two Songs from e. e. cummings
  • JACK Quartet
  • Gregory Spears Buttonwood New York premiere
  • Concert Chorus
  • Gabriela Lena Frank
      Picaflor Esmeralda from Two Mountain Songs
  • Bora Yoon Semaphore Conductus
  • Rufus Wainwright Hope is a Thing of Feathers from Bloom
  • 9:00 - 12:00
  • JACK Quartet
  • Jason Eckardt Subject  world premiere***
  • Imani Winds
  • Valerie Coleman Red Clay and Mississippi Delta
  • Mohammed Fairouz Wind Quintet (I. March) New York premiere
  • Philip Taylor Prelude and Scherzo
  • Jason Moran Cane
  • i. Togo to Natchitoches
  • ii. Coin Coin's narrative
  • iii. Gens libre de couleur
  • iv.   Natchitoches to New York
  • JACK Quartet
  • Matthew Barnson String Quartet No. 3 world premiere
  • Dither Electric Guitar Quartet
  • Paula Matthusen but because without this
  • Jascha Narveson The Driving One
  • Ches Smith Metal Vacation
  • Lisa R. Coons Prolix
  • Lainie Fefferman Tongue of Thorns
  • JACK Quartet
  • Christopher Otto Algol
  • NOW Ensemble
  • Patrick Burke Awake
  • Mark Dancigers New Work
  • Sarah Kirkland Snider New Work
  • Judd Greenstein Change

Additional Information


* commissioned by Südwestrundfunk/Donaueschinger Musiktage for the JACK Quartet. The collaborative research in the development of this piece was supported through a generous grant from the ‘Practice Led and Applied Research’ scheme of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) **This piece was made possible by a grant from the Fromm Music Foundation. ***This piece has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.

Either/Or: SONiC Festival

Monday, October 17, 2011, 7:30pm

This event has ended.

  Miller is proud to be one of the key partners in Sounds of a New Century (SONiC), a new nine-day festival devoted to music written in the first decade of the 21st century by emerging composers age 40 and under. Produced in partnership with American Composers Orchestra, SONiC will feature works by over 100 composers.

  Supported in part by the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University,  the festival recalls the landmark Ditson festivals of contemporary music, held at Miller Theatre in the 1940’s and 50’s, which featured premieres by Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, and Elliott Carter, among many others. Could the next Ives be among this crop of new voices? Miller hosts three performances during the festival’s opening weekend.


Performers

  • Either/Or
  • Marie Bernard Special Guest on ondes Martenot
  • Estelle Lemire Special Guest on ondes Martenot

Repertoire

  • Raphaël Cendo In Vivo part I (2008)
  • Hans Thomalla Piano Counterpart (2009)
  • Richard Carrick "à cause du soleil" Flow Trio (2009)
  • Erin Gee Mouthpiece I / Yamaguchi Mouthpieces / Akiguchi Mouthpiece (2001-2011)
  • Keeril Makan Resonance Alloy (2008)
  • Jonny Greenwood smear (2004)

Bach: The Complete Solo Violin Works
Photo by Fran Kaufman

Bach: The Complete Solo Violin Works

Jennifer Koh

Sunday, October 23, 2011, 2pm

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  Perhaps Brahms best described what Bach achieved with his landmark solo violin works: “On one stave, for a small instrument, the man writes a whole world of the deepest thoughts and most powerful feelings.” The exceptional violinist Jennifer Koh follows up her acclaimed rendition of these works, heard over several recitals in Miller’s 2009-10 Lunchtime series, with this marathon performance of all six solo sonatas and partitas, played over the course of a single afternoon.


This program will be performed with two brief pauses and will conclude by 5 p.m.


Performers


Repertoire

  • Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
  • Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
  • Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003
  • Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
  • Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005
  • Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006

Lionel Loueke Trio

Saturday, November 5, 2011, 8pm

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  The Lionel Loueke Trio makes its Miller debut, with original and inventive compositions that seamlessly blend modern jazz with samba, the instrumental traditions of Mali and Nigeria,  and the folklore of the guitarist’s native Benin. Loueke’s evocative sound palette combines intricate guitar plucking techniques, undulating pedal effects, and unique vocals inspired by the sounds of African languages, earning accolades from jazz greats including Herbie Hancock,  who calls him “a musical painter.”


Performers

  • Massimo Biolcati bass
  • Lionel Loueke voice and guitar
  • Ferenc Nemeth drums

George Lewis
Photo by Eileen Barroso

George Lewis

International Contemporary Ensemble

Saturday, November 12, 2011, 8pm

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    MacArthur “genius” George Lewis brings an eclectic background—as a performer with Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell, a professor and scholar at Columbia, and a pioneer of computer music—to his work as a composer. A former curator at the iconic downtown multi-arts venue The Kitchen and a longtime member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Lewis’s work explores and pushes boundaries, incorporating fresh and wide-ranging influences. ICE is joined by percussionist and conductor Steven Schick in this program, featuring a brand new work written especially for them.


Performers


Repertoire

  • The Will to Adorn (2011) world premiere
  • Ikons (2010)
  • Artificial Life (2007)
  • North Star Boogaloo (1996)
  • Collage (1995)

Renee Rosnes Quartet

Saturday, November 19, 2011, 8pm

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  Pianist Renee Rosnes returns to Miller to headline a show that will include several original works for quartet.  Stints with such jazz greats as Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Bobby Hutcherson helped propel Rosnes’ career and develop her strong, unique voice. The winner of four Juno Awards (the Canadian Grammy), she has an extensive discography — including several collaborations with members of her quartet, all outstanding musicians in their own right. The group possesses an ability to create powerful music filled with melodic sensitivity and rhythmic energy.


Performers

  • Renee Rosnes piano
  • Steve Nelson vibes
  • Peter Washington bass
  • Lewis Nash drums

John Zorn

John Zorn

Friday, December 9, 2011, 8pm

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The iconic avant-gardist John Zorn returns to Miller with an incredibly ambitious lineup, featuring four world premieres played by some of his favorite musicians from New York and beyond. A top-shelf selection of soloists will play virtuosic new works written just for them, while larger ensemble pieces round out the program, infused throughout with Zorn’s characteristic vitality, rhythmic drive, and rockstar solo passages.

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  Major support for Composer Portraits is provided by the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

  The commission of Bateau Ivre was made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.


Performers

  • John Zorn composer
  • Trevor Dunn bass
  • David Fulmer viola
  • Stephen Gosling piano
  • June Han harp
  • Alex Lipowski vibraphone/percussion
  • Michael Nicholas cello
  • Tara Helen O'Connor flute
  • Joe Pereira percussion
  • Marcus Rojas tuba
  • Joshua Rubin clarinet
  • David Taylor bass trombone
  • William Winant percussion
  • Kenny Wolleson drums
  • Talea Ensemble

Repertoire

  • Bateau Ivre (2011) world premiere
  • Illuminations (2010) world premiere
  • Passagen (2011) world premiere, Miller Theatre commission
  • Cerberus (2010) world premiere
  • À Rebours (2010) New York premiere

Songs of Mary: A Christmas Celebration
Photo by Richard Termine

Songs of Mary: A Christmas Celebration

The Tallis Scholars

Saturday, December 10, 2011, 8pm

Church of St. Mary the Virgin

This event has ended.

  Perennial favorites The Tallis Scholars return with a program for the Christmas season structured around the Magnificat, or Song of Mary, and other texts associated with Jesus’s birth. Selections include masterpieces by Taverner, Praetorius, and Palestrina, as well as more modern works by Britten and Pärt. The beautifully resonant Church of St. Mary provides the ideal setting for these hymns to the Virgin.



Repertoire

  • Sweelinck Hodie Christus natus est
  • Taverner Magnificat a 5
  • White Tota pulcra es
  • Pärt Magnificat and Nunc dimittis
  • Praetorius Magnificat IV
  • White Regina caeli
  • Morales Regina caeli
  • Britten Hymn to the Virgin
  • Palestrina Magnificat and Nunc dimittis

Bach and the Romantics

Bach and the Romantics

Simone Dinnerstein

Thursday, February 2, 2012, 8pm

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  Best known for her inspired recording of Bach’sGoldberg Variations, Brooklyn-based pianist Simone Dinnerstein offers selections from her forthcoming CD in this first solo recital at Miller, again breathing fresh air into the music of Bach. Her inventive program alternates between Bach’s partitas and gems of the Romantic era by Brahms, Chopin, and Schubert, juxtaposing evocative nocturnes, intermezzos, and impromptus with Baroque dance-inspired courantes, allemandes, and sarabandes.



Repertoire

  • Frédéric Chopin Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2
  • Daniel Felsenfeld The Cohen Variations
  • Johannes Brahms Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118, No. 2
  • J.S. Bach Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826
  • Robert Schumann Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood), Op. 15
  • J.S. Bach Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825

Anat Cohen Quartet

Saturday, February 11, 2012, 8pm

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  Known for artistically adventurous writing and performances, the Anat Cohen Quartet makes its first appearance on Miller’s stage with exciting new works by the Israeli woodwind virtuoso. Fluent in modern and traditional jazz, klezmer,  Brazilian Choro, Argentine tango, and an expansive timeline of Afro-Cuban styles, Cohen “has expanded the vocabulary of jazz with a distinctive accent of her own,” according to The Washington Post.


Performers


A Renaissance Valentine
Chris Owyoung

Preview of a Renaissance Valentine with New York Polyphony

A Renaissance Valentine

New York Polyphony

Sunday, February 12, 2012, 3pm

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  New York Polyphony follows up last year’s successful Miller debut—and celebrates the release of their upcoming new CD, endBeginning—with this unique exploration of love and its many forms, a romantic concert presented just in time for Valentine’s Day. Lauded for their rich sound and impeccable tuning, the all-male quartet pairs lusty Italian madrigals with soulful settings of the Song of Songs, an anthology of passionate Hebrew love poems. Tickets include a free champagne toast at intermission!



Repertoire

  • Philippe de Vitry Vos qui admiramini/Gratissima Virginis/Gaude gloriosa
  • Settings of the Song of Songs
  • Francisco Guerrero Quae est ista/Surge propera
  • Antoine Brumel Sicut lilium
  • Jacob Clemens non Papa Ego Flos campi
  • John Pyamour Quam pulchra es
  • John Forest Qualis est dilectus
  • John Dunstable Quam pulchra es
  • John Plummer Tota pulchra es
  • Guerrero Quasi cedrus/Tota pulchra es
  • Madrigals from the early Italian Renaissance
  • Jacques Arcadelt Quando ritrovo
  • Constanzo Festa Ogni belta Madonna
  • Francesco Patavino Dilla de l’acqua sta
  • Orlandus Lassus Matona mia cara
  • A. Gardane/T. Susato Douce memoire
  • John Bartlett Of all the birds that I do know
  • Thomas Morley I go before my darling
  • Thomas Campion Shall I come sweet love to thee?
  • Henry Purcell I gave her cakes

Don Byron New Gospel Quintet

Saturday, February 25, 2012, 8pm

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A master interpreter of a variety of genres, Don Byron has worked in an astounding range of musical contexts.  His latest project, the Don Byron New Gospel Quintet, is informed by Byron’s in-depth studies of gospel music, particularly the songs of Thomas A. Dorsey. In his words: “I am combining my own compositions with traditional Gospel pieces in a way I have not attempted before.” The result is a joyous, profound, and affecting musical experience.


Performers

  • Don Byron clarinet and saxophone
  • Carla Cook vocals
  • Xavier Davis piano
  • Brad Jones bass
  • Pheeroan akLaff drums

Three Beautiful Things

Three Beautiful Things

Repast Baroque Ensemble

Saturday, March 3, 2012, 8pm

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  The cantata Drei schöne Dinge sind, composed by J. S. Bach’s mentor Dietrich Buxtehude, celebrates three beautiful things: friendship, brotherhood, and marital bliss. This program augments Buxtehude’s homage with a variety of duets, arias, and instrumental works extolling these same virtues by Bach, Buxtehude, Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, and other distinguished German musicans of the era. Repast Baroque Ensemble brings together an extended family of accomplished Baroque performers for this special program at the intimate and acoustically outstanding Academy.


Performers

  • Jesse Blumberg baritone
  • Laura Heimes soprano
  • Beth Wenstrom baroque violin
  • Repast Baroque Ensemble

Repertoire

  • Johann Heinrich Schmelzer Sonata in D minor
  • Dietrich Buxtehude Also hat Gott die Welt geliebet
  • Philipp Heinrich Erlebach Sonata in E minor
  • Johann Sebastian Bach Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue
  • J.S. Bach “Immerhin, immerhin” from Cantata BWV 52 (Falsche Welt, dir trau ich nicht!)
  • J.S. Bach “Jesus ist ein Schild der Seinen” from Cantata BWV 42 (Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats)
  • J.S. Bach “Welt, ade, ich bin dein müde” from Cantata 158 (Der Friede sei mit dir)
  • J.S. Bach “Herr, deine Güte reicht” from Cantata BWV 17 (Es muss die ganze Welt)
  • Franz Tunder O Jesu dulcissime
  • Buxtehude Sonata in D minor
  • Buxtehude Drei schöne Dinge sind

Tenebrae
Photo by Guy Vivien

Tenebrae

Le Poème Harmonique

Saturday, March 17, 2012, 8pm

Church of St. Mary the Virgin

This event has ended.

  François Couperin’s Tenebrae (the “dark hours”) sets to music the verses of the Lamentations of Jeremiah, traditionally heard during the Holy Week leading up to Easter, and marked by the extinguishing of candles as a sign of mourning. Internationally acclaimed French ensemble Le Poème Harmonique deftly performs Couperin’s intimate, sorrowful melodies in a moving candlelit concert.


Performers

  • Anne Magouët soprano
  • Sylvia Abramowicz bass viola
  • Frédéric Rivoal organ and harpsichord
  • Le Poème Harmonique

Repertoire

  • Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers Zelus domus tuae
  • G. G. Nivers Salvum me fac Deus
  • G. G. Nivers Advertantur retrorsum
  • François Couperin Première Leçon à une voix pour le Mercredy Saint
  • G. G. Nivers In monte oliveti
  • F. Couperin Deuxième Leçon à une voix pour le Mercredy Saint
  • G. G. Nivers Tristis Anima mea
  • F. Couperin Troisième Leçon à deux voix pour le Mercredy Saint
  • Michel Lambert Miserere pour une et deux voix

Karin Rehnqvist

Karin Rehnqvist

Either/Or

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 8pm

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  One of Sweden’s best-known and widely performed composers, Karin Rehnqvist is just starting to make waves in the international community. A recent rave in Gramophone called her music “marvelous” and “stunning,” the sort of revelatory work that “requires one to discard preconceptions of what constitutes Western art music.” A highlight of this Portrait is her “extraordinary” song cycle, given its U.S. premiere by two Swedish singers specializing in Kulning, the extended vocal technique drawn from Nordic folk traditions. The entire evening will feature the remarkable Either/Or ensemble, who are among Rehnqvist’s greatest champions.


Performers


Repertoire

  • Anrop (Invocation) (1997) U.S. premiere
  • Puksanger-Lockrop (Timpanum Songs - Herding Calls) (1989) U.S. premiere
  • Raven Chant (2012) world premiere
  • Inrop (Convocation) (1997) U.S. premiere
  • Begynnelsen (Beginning) (2003)
  • Jag lyfter mina hander (I raise my hands) (1998)
  • Radda mig ur dyn (Rescue me from the mire) (1994)
  • Utrop (Avocation) (1997) U.S. premiere

Treasures of the Renaissance
Tom Allwood

Treasures of the Renaissance

Stile Antico

Saturday, April 21, 2012, 8pm

Church of St. Mary the Virgin

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  The “crystalline and ethereal voices” of the young British choir Stile Antico are back with a program of masterpieces from the golden age of choral music. The richly varied repertoire features works by fifteen composers, including Thomas Tallis and William Byrd, and represents a broad range of Renaissance styles from Flemish to Tudor to Jacobean—even a piece based on a medieval text,  but written specifically for the twelve voices of Stile Antico.


Repertoire

  • Nicolas Gombert Magnificat primi toni
  • Jacobus Clemens non Papa Ego flos campi
  • Orlandus Lassus Veni dilecte mi
  • William Byrd Laetentur coeli
  • Thomas Tallis O Sacrum convivium
  • John McCabe Woefully arrayed
  • Thomas Tallis Why fum’th in fight
  • William Byrd Vigilate
  • John Sheppard The Lord’s Prayer
  • Thomas Tomkins O praise the Lord
  • Orlando Gibbons I am the Resurrection and the Life
  • G. P. da Palestrina Exultate Deo
  • Rodrigo de Ceballos Hortus Conclusus
  • Sebastián de Vivanco Veni, dilecti mi
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria O magnum mysterium
  • Hieronymus Praetorius Tota pulchra es

Hilda Paredes

Hilda Paredes

Ensemble Signal

Saturday, May 12, 2012, 8pm

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    Rooted in Mayan thought, tinged with Indian rhythms, and shaped by studies in London, Hilda Paredes’ music seems to exist outside time and place, evoking ancient South American civilization with modern European language. Widely recognized as the leading Mexican composer of her generation, Paredes has won a number of prestigious fellowships and commissions and her music is increasingly performed throughout Europe, her adopted home, as well as in her native Mexico. This program pairs her “concerto for ensemble” with a new piece commissioned by Miller for Ensemble Signal.


Featuring an onstage discussion with Hilda Paredes and Lauren Radnofsky.



Repertoire

  • Corazon de Onix (2005)
  • Señales  (2012) world premiere, Miller Theatre commission, homage to Jonathan Harvey dedicated to Ensemble Signal and Irvine Arditti
  • Ah Paaxo'Ob (2001)

Georges Aperghis

Georges Aperghis

International Contemporary Ensemble

Thursday, May 24, 2012, 8pm

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    A sometime pupil of Xenakis, though largely self-taught, the music of experimental Greek-born composer Georges Aperghis is often theatrical and always provocative. Prolific, unfailingly inventive, and not easily categorized, he has written for a wide array of instruments and ensembles. The International Contemporary Ensemble gives a tour of his works from the 70s to the present day—from duo to trio to quartet to chamber ensemble—led by conductor Ludovic Morlot, a rising star and former assistant to James Levine, music director of the Metropolitan Opera.


Performers


Repertoire

  • Signaux (1978)
  • Les Guetteurs de Son (1981)
  • Teeter-Totter (2008)
  • Two Miniatures: The Illiad and the Odyssey (2008)
  • Shot in the Dark (2011) world premiere, Miller Theatre and ICE co-commission

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Le Poème Harmonique

Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 8pm

This event has ended.

Miller presents the expert early-music group Le Poème Harmonique in their largest New York production to date. Performed by candlelight, this theatrical concert presentation builds on the ensemble’s eye-opening approach to opera, using historical gesture, vocal ornament, and an imaginative sequence of songs to depict life in 17th-century Venice. Set in the streets and canals of the city during the time of Carnival,Venezia dalle strade ai Palazzi (Venice: From the Streets to the Palaces) pairs Monteverdi’s haunting madrigals on the torments of love with light, witty works by Francesco Manelli, transporting listeners back in time through song.

This program will also be performed on Friday, September 14th, 2012 at 8:00pm.


Performers

  • Geoffroy Buffière baritone-bass
  • Jan Van Elsacker tenor
  • Françoise Enock violone
  • Johannes Frisch violin
  • Serge Goubioud tenor
  • Joël Grare percussion
  • Lucas Peres lirone
  • Jean-Luc Tamby colascione and guitar
  • Benjamin Lazar stage director

Repertoire

  • Claudio Monteverdi Dormo ancora
  • Dario Castello Sonata Concertate in Stil Moderno
  • Monteverdi Lamento della Ninfa
  • Francesco Manelli Bergamasca: La Barchetta passaggiera
  • Benedetto Ferrari Chi non sà come Amor
  • Ferrari Son ruinato, appassionato
  • Anonymous Villanella ch’all’acqua vai
  • Manelli Canzonetta: Sguardo lusinghiero
  • Manelli Jacarà: Aria alla napolitana
  • Manelli Ciaccona: Acceso mio core

John Cage
Photo by Ross Weiser / Courtesy of the John Cage Trust
Program Notes

John Cage

“From time to time ideas come for my next work which as I see it will be a large work which will...

John Cage

International Contemporary Ensemble

Thursday, September 20, 2012, 8pm

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  Miller kicks off this year’s Composer Portraits series with a 100th birthday celebration of one of the 20th century’s most profoundly influential composers and thinkers, whose ideas revolutionized art-making across genres. This unique Portrait casts John Cage’s (1912–1992) provocative explorations of chance operations and unorthodox sounds in relief by exploring his at-times explosive correspondence with the iconic French modernist Pierre Boulez. Percussionist and conductor extraordinaire Steven Schick joins up with ICE for a program pairing Boulez’s signature Le Marteau sans maître with Cage’s seminal works, revealing surprising connections between these two polarizing explorers of sound.


Performers


Repertoire

  • Music for _____ (1984-1987)
  • Amores (1943)
  • Aria (1958)
  • 1’5½’’ for a string player (1953)
  • 4'33" (1960)
  • Radio Music (1956)
  • Solo for Flute, from Concert for Piano and Orchestra (1958)
  • Atlas Eclipticalis (1962)
  • Pierre Boulez: Le Marteau sans maître (1954)

Morningside Lights Workshops

Saturday, September 22, 2012, 12pm

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  Join us for a series of free creative workshops presented by Columbia University’s Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre. Flex your creative muscles as you paint, craft, sew, and papier-mâché to create magnificent mobile sculptures and large-scale puppets. Workshops are open to all and no experience is needed—-just bring your ideas and imagination. Work alongside neighbors from Harlem, Morningside Heights, the Upper West Side, and beyond. Inspired by the theme, “The Imagined City,” workshops will use art to explore concepts of urban planning and development in the heart of one of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods. At the end of the week, your creations will make their debut in the first annual Morningside Lights procession, an illuminated parade around Morningside Park and through the Columbia campus.


  Workshops will be held on Saturday & Sunday, September 22 & 23, from noon to 6 p.m., and on Monday-Friday, September 24-28, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Morningside Lights Procession

The Imagined City

Morningside Lights

Morningside Lights Procession

Saturday, September 29, 2012, 8pm

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  Enormous and luminous sculptures will parade through Morningside Heights in this one-of-a-kind event, co-presented by the Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre at Columbia University. Combining small lanterns, large-scale creations, and a live musical soundtrack, the procession will include community participants of all ages. Inspired by the theme, “The Imagined City,” the parade will take the form of a fantastical moving skyline, showcasing a wide range of ideas about what makes up the ideal city, expressed in illuminated, mobile sculptures.


  Come watch the procession from the sidelines, or visit www.morningside-lights.com for more information on how to join in as a participant or musician.

  Join us! From September 22 to 28, you’re invited to participate in a series of free creative workshops to help imagine and create the lanterns for the Morningside Lights procession. Click here for more information.


Christian McBride and Inside Straight

Saturday, October 6, 2012, 8pm

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  Known for his high energy and staggering versatility, Grammy winner Christian McBride is one of the most recorded musicians of his generation. He has performed and recorded with jazz giants including Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, and Diana Krall, and with well-known popular artists including Sting, The Roots, Carly Simon, and James Brown. Comprised of some of jazz’s most outstanding musicians, his quintet Inside Straight brings what NPR calls “straight-ahead, hard-swinging jazz.”


Performers


Jonathan Harvey
Photo by Maurice Foxall
Program Notes

Jonathan Harvey

To some extent, this “new type of music” is very old, a renewal of what existed in Europe before the...

Jonathan Harvey

Ensemble Signal

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 8pm

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    Jonathan Harvey’s (b. 1939) music has an otherworldly, transcendent quality. The Guardian puts it quite simply: “There is no more consistently wonderful composer than Harvey, no other contemporary music—classical or otherwise—that makes your jaw drop with joy and delight at the sheer voluptuous possibilities.” Ensemble Signal surveys the spectrum of Harvey’s spiritual explorations, performing works inspired by a moving Renaissance altarpiece of the crucifixion and the ancient Sanskrit hymns of the Rig Veda.


Performers


Repertoire

  • Death of Light/Light of Death   (1998)
  • Bhakti   (1982)

Fred Lerdahl - Touring Composer Portrait
Photo by Thomas Roma

Fred Lerdahl - Touring Composer Portrait

Daedalus Quartet

Thursday, October 18, 2012, 7pm

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  Fred Lerdahl’s music is all about variation: building colorful, complex soundscapes from small melodic ideas. A Guggenheim fellow and composition professor at Columbia, he has had a tremendous impact, not only as a composer but also as an accomplished scholar and theorist. In this program, the Daedalus Quartet gives an authoritative performance of his three acclaimed string quartets, written over a span of three decades from 1978 to 2008, and expressly intended by the composer to be performed as a cycle. The third quartet—a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize—was written especially for Daedalus.

  This event will take place at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA.


Performers


Repertoire

  • The Complete String Quartets
  • Third String Quartet (2008)
  • Second String Quartet (1982)
  • First String Quartet (1978)

Minimalism's Evolution
Photo by Matthew Murphy

Minimalism’s Evolution

Courtney Orlando, Lauren Radnofsky

Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 6pm

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  Three generations of minimalist composers are featured in the first Pop-Up of the season, with music for violin, cello, and electronics. Program highlights include the US premiere of a work by Dublin-based composer Donnacha Dennehy, whose music the The New York Times describes as “magnificently energetic” and “viscerally thrilling.”


  Bring a friend, grab a drink, and join some of today’s most interesting performers onstage at Miller Theatre on select Tuesday evenings. This fall, Miller continues its Pop-Up Concerts, an informal, free series designed to provide a chance to test out ideas and hear from new voices before they hit the Miller mainstage. This fresh take on the concert experience brings an intimate, living room-type setting to Miller’s stage. 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

  • Courtney Orlando violin
  • Lauren Radnofsky cello
  • Paul Coleman sound director

Repertoire

  • Michael Gordon Light is Calling (2001)
  • Philip Glass Selections from In the Summer House (1993)
  • Donnacha Dennehy Overstrung (2010) U.S. premiere
  • Louis Andriessen Selections from Xenia (2005)
  • Michael Gordon Industry (1992)

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition

Saturday, November 3, 2012, 8pm

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Guggenheim fellow and DownBeat Critics Poll winner Rudresh Mahanthappa is one of the most innovative voices in jazz today. Drawing inspiration from the musical traditions of his Indian heritage and the African-American roots of jazz, Mahanthappa sets out to create something entirely new—and undeniably funky. Joined by Pakistani-American guitarist Rez Abbasi and tabla expert Dan Weiss, Mahanthappa shatters preconceptions of Indo-jazz fusion, “heralding,” according to DownBeat, “a new reality in jazz.”


Performers

  • Dan Weiss drum set and tabla
  • Rez Abbasi guitars
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa alto saxophone

120 Years of Solo Piano

120 Years of Solo Piano

Lisa Moore

Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 6pm

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      “New York’s queen of avant-garde piano” (The New Yorker) offers a sampler of solo works for her instrument, stretching from the 1890’s to the present day. Alongside works by familiar names, such as Scriabin, Glass, and Janáček, are several premieres, including a new work by the promising young composer Hannah Lash.


      Bring a friend, grab a drink, and join some of today’s most interesting performers onstage at Miller Theatre on select Tuesday evenings. This fall, Miller continues its Pop-Up Concerts, an informal, free series designed to provide a chance to test out ideas and hear from new voices before they hit the Miller mainstage. This fresh take on the concert experience brings an intimate, living room-type setting to Miller’s stage. 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

  • Lisa Moore piano

Repertoire

  • Alexander Scriabin: Preludes
  • -   Op. 11, no. 5 (1896)
  • -   Op. 27, no. 2 (1900)
  • -   Op. 33, no. 3 (1903)
  • -   Op. 48, no. 2 (1905)
  • -   Op. 51, no. 2 (1906)
  • -   Op. 74, no. 3 (1914)
  • Leoš Janáček In the Mist: Andante, Molton Adagio/Presto, Andantino, Presto/Meno mosso (1912)
  • Philip Glass   Etude No. 2 (1994)
  • Paul Kerekes I’ll move to keep things whole (2011) New York premiere
  • Hannah Lash Fast Chords (2012) world premiere
  • Martin Bresnick Strange Devotion (2010) New York premiere
  • Frederic Rzewski   Piano Piece No. 4 (1979)

A World I Loved: The Story of an Arab Woman

A World I Loved: The Story of an Arab Woman

Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 8pm

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A Narrative Based on the Memoir of Wadad Makdisi Cortas

Written by Mariam C. Said and Vanessa Redgrave
Directed and narrated by Vanessa Redgrave
Featuring Vanessa Redgrave, Najla Said, Nadim Sawalha along with musicians Steven Bentley-Klein (violin), Sary Khalife (cello), Sofya Melikyan(piano), and The Spence Middle School Chorus.

Written by Mariam C. Said and Vanessa Redgrave and directed and narrated by Vanessa Redgrave, A World I Loved is a one-of-a-kind theatrical event based on the memoir of Said’s mother, Wadad Makdisi Cortas, an Arab woman who lived through and chronicled one of the most tumultuous periods in recent history.

Beginning in Lebanon in 1917 and spanning over half a century, through the creation of Israel to the Lebanese Civil War, A World I Loved interweaves Cortas’ personal experiences as a student, teacher, and then principal of the Ahliah School for Girls in Beirut with the wider political and historical narrative of Lebanon throughout the 20th century.

A rich narrative combining music, storytelling, choral singing, and video projections, A World I Loved also includes appearances by two of Cortas’s direct descendants: her daughter and co-author of the production, Mariam (widow of the Palestinian scholar and former Columbia University professor Edward Said) and her granddaughter, Najla Said. They are joined by Nadim Sawalha, along with musicians Steven Bentley-Klein (violin), Sary Khalife (cello), Sofya Melikyan (piano), and the Spence Middle School Chorus.

A World I Loved is a co-production with the Public Theater.


A World I Loved: The Story of an Arab Woman

A World I Loved: The Story of an Arab Woman

Thursday, November 29, 2012, 8pm

This event has ended.

A Narrative Based on the Memoir of Wadad Makdisi Cortas
Written by Mariam C. Said and Vanessa Redgrave
Directed and narrated by Vanessa Redgrave
Featuring Vanessa Redgrave, Najla Said, Nadim Sawalha along with musicians Steven Bentley-Klein (violin), Sary Khalife (cello), Sofya Melikyan(piano), and The Spence Middle School Chorus.

Written by Mariam C. Said and Vanessa Redgrave and directed and narrated by Vanessa Redgrave, A World I Loved is a one-of-a-kind theatrical event based on the memoir of Said’s mother, Wadad Makdisi Cortas, an Arab woman who lived through and chronicled one of the most tumultuous periods in recent history.

Beginning in Lebanon in 1917 and spanning over half a century, through the creation of Israel to the Lebanese Civil War, A World I Loved interweaves Cortas’ personal experiences as a student, teacher, and then principal of the Ahliah School for Girls in Beirut with the wider political and historical narrative of Lebanon throughout the 20th century.

A rich narrative combining music, storytelling, choral singing, and video projections, A World I Loved also includes appearances by two of Cortas’s direct descendants: her daughter and co-author of the production, Mariam (widow of the Palestinian scholar and former Columbia University professor Edward Said) and her granddaughter, Najla Said. They are joined by Nadim Sawalha, along with musicians Steven Bentley-Klein (violin), Sary Khalife (cello), Sofya Melikyan (piano), and the Spence Middle School Chorus.

A World I Loved is a co-production with the Public Theater.


Masterpieces for Double Choir
Photo by Eric Richmond
Program Notes

Masterpieces for Double Choir

This cyclical journey takes us through the whole gamut of musical emotion, moving from the sumptuous,...

Masterpieces for Double Choir

The Tallis Scholars

Saturday, December 1, 2012, 8pm

Church of St. Mary the Virgin

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  Miller darlings The Tallis Scholars return with a program framed by two brilliant double choir settings of the Magnificat—one Spanish, the other German. A highlight of the program is Lassus’ unforgettable setting of Osculetur me, an evocative and at-times erotic text taken from the Song of Songs. Additional works by Tallis, Praetorius, and Pärt take the listener from the chromatic harmony and disjointed rhythms of the late Renaissance to the excitement of the early Baroque era. The Church of St. Mary the Virgin is the ideal setting in which to showcase the ensemble theNew York Times calls “the rock stars of Renaissance vocal music.”



Repertoire

  • Vivanco Magnificat Octavi Toni
  • Lassus Osculetur me
  • Lassus Missa Osculetur me
  • Pärt Triodion
  • Pärt The woman with the alabaster box
  • H. Praetorius Magnificat V
  • H. Praetorius Joseph lieber
  • H. Praetorius In dulci jubilo

Olga Neuwirth
Program Notes

Olga Neuwirth

Her music generally has something of the glaze of film, the sense that, though the expressive gestures...

Olga Neuwirth

Cory Smythe, International Contemporary Ensemble

Thursday, December 6, 2012, 8pm

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  An inquisitive explorer of sounds orchestral and electronic, musical and textual, Olga Neuwirth (b. 1968) returns to Miller. A student of Nono and Murail, the Austrian composer first burst onto the international scene at age 22, when her operas premiered at the Vienna Festival; debuts at Salzburg and Lucerne soon followed. Longtime champions the International Contemporary Ensemble give the U.S. premiere of her “inexplicably profound” (Financial Times) work “…ce qui arrive…” alongside her dramatic piano concerto.


Performers


Repertoire

  • “…ce qui arrive…”   (2004) U.S. premiere
  • locus… doublure…solus   (2001)
  • Onstage discussion with the composer

Zorn for Strings
Photo by Scott Irvine

Zorn for Strings

Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 6pm

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  John Zorn’s music is back at Miller, this time in an all-star chamber music program pairing the New York premiere of his quartet The Alchemist with a new violin duo for David Fulmer and Christopher Otto.


  Bring a friend, grab a drink, and join some of today’s most interesting performers onstage at Miller Theatre on select Tuesday evenings. This fall, Miller continues its Pop-Up Concerts, an informal, free series designed to provide a chance to test out ideas and hear from new voices before they hit the Miller mainstage. This fresh take on the concert experience brings an intimate, living room-type setting to Miller’s stage. All concerts start at 6 p.m. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, and doors open at 5:30 p.m.



Repertoire

  • John Zorn The Alchemist - a true and faithful chronicling of the esoteric spiritual conferences and concomitant hermetic actions conducted by Her Majesty’s Alchemist Dr. John Dee and one Edward Kelley invoking the Nine Hierarchies of Angelic Orders to visible appearance, circa 1587 (2011) New York premiere
  • John Zorn Apophthegms (2012)

Wycliffe Gordon Quintet

Saturday, December 15, 2012, 8pm

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Miller favorite Wycliffe Gordon returns with a special concert for the holidays. Coming to jazz from a childhood steeped in gospel music, Gordon has played with the Wynton Marsalis Septet and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He is an undisputed master of his instrument, a six-time recipient of Trombonist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association. Joined for this concert by special guests, he captures the spirit of the season, putting an inventive spin on traditional Christmas favorites.


Performers

  • Alvin Atkinson, Jr. drums
  • Zach Brock violin
  • Yasushi Nakamura bass
  • Wycliffe Gordon trombone, trumpet, and vocals
  • Aaron Diehl piano

Tallis & Byrd: Masses for Uncertain Times
Photo by Joanne Bouknight
Program Notes

Tallis & Byrd: Masses for Uncertain Times

Tallis was ever the musical pragmatist, responding to the fickle fluctuations of liturgical necessity;...

Tallis & Byrd: Masses for Uncertain Times

New York Polyphony

Saturday, January 26, 2013, 8pm

Church of St. Mary the Virgin

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  New York Polyphony returns to Miller’s series with a performance of Tallis and Byrd’s uniquely intimate masses for four voices. Written during a time of religious turbulence in England, these settings of the traditional Latin mass text were intended for modest forces and favor a beautifully simple, straightforward style. Composed late in the 16th century, Byrd’s mass was an act of courage, written for secret use by fellow Catholics forced underground by the prevailing monarchy. The program is rounded out with a handful of brief sacred works from the 15th century to the present.



Repertoire

  • Thomas Tallis Mass for Four Voices
  • William Byrd Mass for Four Voices
  • John Plummer Missa Sine nominee New York premiere
  • Richard Rodney Bennett (1936-2012) A Colloquy with God New York premiere
  • Andrew Smith (b. 1970) Kyrie Cunctipotens genitor Deus New York premiere
  • Gabriel Jackson (b. 1962) Ite missa est New York premiere

Sofia Gubaidulina
© The Japan Art Association - The Sankei Shimbun
Program Notes

Sofia Gubaidulina

Female shaman and blessed fool, she is an extraordinary figure to have arrived in a time of cynicism,...

Sofia Gubaidulina

Rebekah Heller, International Contemporary Ensemble

Saturday, February 9, 2013, 8pm

This event has ended.

  Sofia Gubaidulina (b. 1931) has earned her place among the great living composers. Her singular sound is characterized by a love of unusual sonorities and a deep-seated belief in the mystical properties of music. Quietly encouraged by Shostakovich to boldly pursue what the Soviet establishment perceived as the “wrong course” musically, she fled to Germany, where she cultivated her passion for the avant-garde. This program—her second Portrait at Miller—traces her evolution before and after her relocation to Hamburg, with several solo works as well as larger spiritual tours-de-force.


Performers


Repertoire

  • Meditation on the Bach Chorale “Vor deinen Thron tret' ich hiermit”   (1993)
  • Trio   (1989)
  • Concerto for bassoon and low strings   (1975)
  • Concordanza   (1971)

Contemporary Cimbalom
Photo by Matthew Murphy

Contemporary Cimbalom

Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 6pm

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  This concert explores the incredible sonic possibilities of the cimbalom. A trapezoid-shaped hammer dulcimer, cimbalom crops up regularly in the folk music of Hungary and Romania. The instrument was championed by a number of 20th-century classical composers, chief among them György Kurtág, whose pieces frame this Pop-Up program. A world premiere for violin and cimbalom by French Canadian composer François Rose rounds out this exploration of the instrument’s immense palette.


  Bring a friend, grab a drink, and join some of today’s most interesting performers onstage at Miller Theatre. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.


Performers


Repertoire

  • Kurtág 7 songs for voice and cimbalom
  • François Rose Rosée du matin, flocons du soir for violin and cimbalom world premiere
  • Kurtág Scenes from a Novel for voice, violin, cimbalom, and double bass

Stefon Harris And Blackout

Saturday, February 16, 2013, 8pm

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  Led by classically trained and forward-thinking vibraphonist Stefon Harris, Blackout is a collaborative outfit of brilliant musicians from a variety of backgrounds, all of whom contribute to both the performance and composition of original works. NPR calls Blackout “a troupe of music mercenaries adept in the language of jazz, the strut of soul music, and the raucous ruckus of breakbeats, go-go and new-jack rhythms…This is what the next generation of jazz masters sounds like today.”


Performers

  • Lucques Curtis bass
  • Marc Cary piano
  • Stefon Harris vibes
  • Obed Calvaire drums
  • Casey Benjamin alto saxophone

Enno Poppe
Photo by Sandra Schuck
Program Notes

Enno Poppe

A piece will generally start out from a very small idea, which will then be progressively varied, extended,...

Enno Poppe

JACK Quartet

Saturday, February 23, 2013, 8pm

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      A sensation on Europe’s festival circuit and an established favorite among its leading new-music bands, Enno Poppe (b. 1969) is one of Germany’s most talked-about composers. The founder and conductor of Berlin’s ensemble mosaik, Poppe is as inspired by his experience with and love of chamber ensembles as it is by his theoretical interest in the nearly infinite permutations possible with even the tiniest musical motives. The new piano-percussion ensemble Yarn/Wire joins returning favorites the JACK Quartet for this fascinating Portrait.


Performers


Repertoire

  • Enno Poppe
  • - Schweiss (2010)
  • - Rad (2003)
  • - Tier (2002)
  • Wolfgang Heiniger/Enno Poppe
  • - Tonband (2008/2012) world premiere
  • Onstage discussion with Enno Poppe and Kevin McFarland of JACK Quartet

House of Dreams
Photo by Keith Saunders
Program Notes

House of Dreams - Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

The people, objects, and animals in the theatre of our dreams are portrayed by the god’s children, who...

House of Dreams

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

Sunday, March 3, 2013, 3pm

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An imaginative multi-media concert, Tafelmusik’s House of Dreams takes the audience on a journey through five homes in five European cities where, in the 17th and 18th centuries, exquisite works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and Marais were performed in intimate settings against a backdrop of private collections of paintings by Vermeer, Canaletto, and Watteau. With narration, projected images of the paintings and homes, and music dynamically performed from memory, House of Dreamsrecreates the concert experience at the intersection of Baroque music and art.


Performers

  • Jeanne Lamon music director
  • Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

Repertoire

  • Handel Concerti Grossi, Op. 6
  • Bach Concerto for two violins and orchestra in D minor
  • Vivaldi Concertos for two cellos, two oboes, and bassoon
  • Marin Marais Alcyone
  • Telemann Watermusik

It's Complicated
Courtney Orlando (L) and Lauren Radnofsky (R) by Matthew Murphy

It’s Complicated

Ensemble Signal

Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 6pm

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  Ensemble Signal takes the audience on a mini exploration of the wildly different ways composers confront complexity and virtuosity. This tour-de-force Pop-Up is sure to keep listeners on the edge of their seats.


  Bring a friend, grab a drink, and join some of today’s most interesting performers onstage at Miller Theatre. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.


Performers

  • Courtney Orlando violin
  • Lauren Radnofsky cello
  • Doug Perkins percussion
  • Bill Solomon percussion
  • Ensemble Signal

Repertoire

  • Luciano Berio Sequenza VIII
  • Brian Ferneyhough Bone Alphabet
  • Luciano Berio Sequenza XIVa
  • Michael Gordon XY

Two x Four
Program Notes

Two x Four

The compositional dialogue between past and present resonates throughout tonight’s program, not only...

Two x Four

Jennifer Koh, Jaime Laredo

Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 8pm

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    Two great violinists team up to perform four double-concertos, starting with Bach’s beloved Concerto for two violins in D minor. Rounding out the program are Philip Glass’s tranquil Echorus and two newly commissioned pieces by David Ludwig and Anna Clyne, inspired by Bach and written especially for Koh and Laredo. The orchestra features exceptional young players from the Curtis Institute of Music, Koh and Laredo’s alma mater, and the institution where they first played the Bach double together as teacher and student.


Performers

  • Jennifer Koh violin
  • Jaime Laredo violin
  • Curtis Chamber Orchestra
  • Vinay Parameswaran conductor

Repertoire

  • J.S. Bach Concerto for 2 violins, strings, and continuo in D Minor, BWV 1043
  • Philip Glass Echorus (1995)
  • Anna Clyne Prince of Clouds New York premiere
  • David Ludwig Seasons Lost New York premiere
  • Tchaikovsky Serenade for strings in C Major, Op. 48

Sofia Gubaidulina - Touring Composer Portrait
© The Japan Art Association - The Sankei Shimbun
Program Notes

Sofia Gubaidulina

Female shaman and blessed fool, she is an extraordinary figure to have arrived in a time of cynicism,...

Sofia Gubaidulina - Touring Composer Portrait

International Contemporary Ensemble

Thursday, March 21, 2013, 7pm

This event has ended.

  Sofia Gubaidulina (b. 1931) has earned her place among the great living composers. Her singular sound is characterized by a love of unusual sonorities and a deep-seated belief in the mystical properties of music. Quietly encouraged by Shostakovich to boldly pursue what the Soviet establishment perceived as the “wrong course” musically, she fled to Germany, where she cultivated her passion for the avant-garde. This program—her second Portrait at Miller—traces her evolution before and after her relocation to Hamburg, with several solo works as well as larger spiritual tours-de-force.

  This event will be held at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA.


Performers


Repertoire

  • Dancer On A Tightrope   (1993)
  • Meditation on the Bach Chorale "Vor deinem Thron tret ich hiermit"   (1993)
  • Trio   (1989)
  • Quasi Hoquetus   (1984)
  • Sonatina   (1978)

Rebecca Saunders
Photo by Katrin Schander
Program Notes

Rebecca Saunders

Saunders makes us aware of sound as color, and especially as the freshly intense color that comes from...

Rebecca Saunders

Either/Or

Thursday, April 4, 2013, 8pm

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    A star pupil of Wolfgang Rihm, Rebecca Saunders (b. 1967) favors a delicate, sparse aesthetic. “From this surface of apparent silence,” the composer explains, “I try to draw out and mold sound and color.” Finding inspiration in the work of Samuel Beckett, the philosophy of Goethe, and Wassiliy Kandinsky’s writings on spirituality in art, Saunders’ seems to strip away the extraneous and ornamental in order to uncover the essential within. Her works explore the unique timbres of idiosyncratic solo instruments and chamber ensembles, all performed with thoughtfulness by the members of Either/Or. The Guardian calls Saunders “one of the most intriguing British composers of her generation,” and for good reason.


Performers


Repertoire

  • murmurs   (2009) U.S. premiere
  • vermilion   (2003) New York premiere
  • dichroic seventeen   (1998) New York premiere
  • Onstage discussion with the composer

The Age of Indulgence
Program Notes

The Age of Indulgence

The music makes no apologies for its origins. Despite its genesis in an age of indulgence, it is so much...

The Age of Indulgence

Les Délices

Saturday, April 6, 2013, 8pm

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  Cleveland-based French Baroque specialists Les Délices make their Miller debut, recreating the opulent sound world of a 1750s Paris salon. Featuring works that pushed the boundaries of harmony and technical virtuosity, the program revels in the decadence of the era while embracing the Enlightenment values of individuality, originality, and experimentation. Les Délices deftly makes accessible little-known works by Philidor, Dauvergne, Mondonville, and Rameau.


Performers

  • Les Délices

Repertoire

  • Jean-Joseph Cassanea de Mondonville Sonata Prima from Sonates en symphonie
  • François-André Philidor Sinfonia 6 from Quatuors: l’Art de la modulation
  • Jean-Philippe Rameau Concert no. 3 from Pièces de clavecin en concert
  • François-André Philidor Sinfonia 1 from Quatuors: l’Art de la modulation
  • Antoine Dauvergne 2eme Concert de Simphonies (Op. 3 no. 2)

Oliver Knussen
Photo by Clive Barda
Program Notes

Oliver Knussen

“The piece is whimsical: it hops back and forth between Winne-the-Pooh-like expressions and the...

Oliver Knussen

Jamie Jordan, Courtney Orlando

Thursday, April 18, 2013, 8pm

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    The music of British conductor and composer Oliver Knussen (b. 1952) is at once entirely accessible and thoroughly modern. A classical wunderkind, Knussen got his start at age 15, when he led the London Symphony Orchestra in performances of his First Symphony, at home and at New York’s Carnegie Hall. No stranger to New York’s new-music scene, his works have earned repeated accolades in performance at Lincoln Center. This concert traces his long and fruitful career, from his teenage years to more recent music, including many of his best-known and most-loved chamber works.


Performers

  • Oliver Knussen composer
  • Jamie Jordan soprano
  • Courtney Orlando violin

Repertoire

  • Requiem - Songs for Sue   (2005-6)
  • Songs without Voices   (1991-2)
  • Secret Psalm   (1990)
  • Hums and Songs of Winnie-the-Pooh   (1970/83)
  • Ophelia Dances, Book 1   (1975)

New Music by Laura Kaminsky

New Music by Laura Kaminsky

Ensemble Pi, Cassatt String Quartet

Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 6pm

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    The Pop-Up series hosts its first CD release party, celebrating the completion of a new disc for Albany Records featuring the work of native New Yorker Laura Kaminsky. Called a composer with “an ear for the new and interesting” by The New York Times, Kaminsky has received numerous awards for her compositions.


    Bring a friend, grab a drink, and join some of today’s most interesting performers onstage at Miller Theatre. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.


Performers

  • Ensemble Pi
  • Cassatt String Quartet
  • Idith Meshulam piano (of Ensemble Pi)
  • Airi Yoshioka violin (of Ensemble Pi)
  • Muneko Otani violin (of Cassatt String Quartet)
  • Jennifer Leshnower violin (of Cassatt String Quartet)
  • Sarah Adams viola (of Cassatt String Quartet)
  • Nicole Johnson cello (of Cassatt String Quartet)

Repertoire

  • Triftmusik     (1991)
  • Arbores Venerablies/Anemones     from “Wave Hill” (2009)
  • Music for Artur     (2006)
  • Cadmium Yellow     (2010)

The Baroque Vanguard

A Preview with Kristian Bezuidenhout

The Baroque Vanguard

Kristian Bezuidenhout, Ensemble Signal

Saturday, April 27, 2013, 8pm

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    Previously heard in Miller’s new-music series, Ensemble Signal returns with crackerjack harpsichordist Bezuidenhout to explore the vanguard of a different era. Jean-Féry Rebel’s daringly dissonant “Chaos” depicts the emergence of the universe from the turbulent cosmos. Familiar and lesser-known works by the Bach family follow, including J.S.’s famous Harpsichord Concerto in D minor. A modern work inspired by Vivaldi’s canons and fiery string writing concludes the program—Michael Gordon’s Weather 1, another piece inspired by the chaotic nature of the elements.


Performers


Repertoire

  • Jean-Féry Rebel   Chaos from Les Elements
  • C.P.E. Bach   Sinfonia in D Major, Wq 183
  • W.F. Bach   Sinfonia in D minor, F. 65
  • J.S. Bach   Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052
  • Michael Gordon Weather 1

Picker Pops Up
Photo by Harry Heliotis

Picker Pops Up

Tobias Picker Ensemble

Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 6pm

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    Tobias Picker returns to Miller, after being featured on the Composer Portraits series last year, with this selection of intimate chamber works, performed by the same artists who will soon record them for a new album—his first chamber music record in 30 years.

    Bring a friend, grab a drink, and join some of today’s most interesting performers onstage at Miller Theatre. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Performers

  • Tobias Picker Ensemble
  • Tobias Picker composer
  • Margaret Dyer viola
  • Tony Flynt bass
  • Keir GoGwilt violin
  • Nathaniel LaNasa piano
  • Michael Unterman cello

Repertoire

  • When Soft Voices Die   (1977)
  • Invisible Lilacs   (1991)
  • Third Etude from Four Etudes for Ursula   (1996)
  • Nova   (1979)

Keyboard Practice

Keyboard Practice

Christopher Taylor

Saturday, May 11, 2013, 8pm

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  Whether tackling Bach’s Goldberg Variations on a dual-manual piano or playing a Messiaen magnum opus from memory, Christopher Taylor has consistently wowed Miller Theatre audiences with his smart, bold performances. This time, he pairs selections from Bach’s “Clavier-Übung” (“Keyboard Practice”) with Frederic Rzewski’s virtuosic and politically charged variations on “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” for an unforgettable night of pianistic fireworks.


Performers

  • Christopher Taylor piano

Repertoire

  • J.S. Bach Four Duets, BWV 802-805
  • J.S. Bach Overture in the French Style, BWV 831
  • Rzewski The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

Julio Estrada
Photo by Barry Domínguez
Program Notes

Julio Estrada

Through all his work, the notion of continuity has been paramount, whether among the fundamental elements...

Julio Estrada

International Contemporary Ensemble, Third Coast Percussion

Thursday, May 16, 2013, 8pm

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          Born in Mexico City, the child of Spanish refugees, Julio Estrada (b. 1943) is a product of cultural crossroads. Influenced in equal part by Xenakis’s abstract theories and Mexican music history, by his studies of mathematics and acoustics, Estrada has published widely and been the recipient of numerous awards, including the internationally respected French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Join us as we close out the Miller season with this kaleidoscopic Portrait, culminating with the world premiere of a new commission.


Performers


Repertoire

  • ni die saa   for ensemble (2013) world premiere, Miller Theatre commission
  • miqi'cihuatl   (2004)
  • eolo'oolin   for percussion (1980-1998)
  • Canto Naciente   (1975-78)

Ensemble Signal

Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 6pm

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    For the first Pop-Up Concert of the 2013-14 season, Ensemble Signal presents three premieres, including a world premiere of a new work by Hilda Paredes, a composer with whom the group has worked closely over many years. This concert gives the audience a rare opportunity to hear seldom featured solo piccolo and solo trombone on the same intimate program of works for soloist. Featuring Oliver Hagen, piano; Kelli Kathman, piccolo; Bill Solomon, percussion; Steven Parker, trombone.

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


Performers

  • Oliver Hagen piano
  • Kelli Kathman piccolo
  • Steven Parker trombone
  • Bill Solomon percussion
  • Ensemble Signal

Repertoire

  • Hilda Paredes Paráfrasis for trombone (2009) — world premiere
  • Elliott Carter 90+ for piano (1994)
  • Hilda Paredes Chaczidzib for piccolo (1992) — U.S. premiere
  • Pierre Boulez Douze Notations for piano (1945)
  • Hilda Paredes Tzolkin for percussion (2001) — New York premiere

2nd Annual Morningside Lights

Saturday, September 14, 2013, 1pm

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  Workshops: September 14-20, 2013

  Procession: September 21, 2013

More information about the Second Annual Morningside Lights will be announced this summer!

  Last season Miller Theatre, in partnership with the Arts Initiative at Columbia University, hosted the first Morningside Lights—a week of creative workshops culminating in an illuminated procession through Morningside Park. This fall the visiting artists of Processional Arts Workshop return to bring local residents together to explore the theme “The Luminous Deep.” Together, we’ll imagine, build, and bring to life a collective sea-floor fantasy of bioluminescent life forms to light our way from Morningside Park to Columbia’s campus in the Second Annual Morningside Lights.



Bonus Event: The Hermetic Organ

John Zorn

Monday, September 23, 2013, 7pm

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  John Zorn returns to perform on the incredible Aeolian-Skinner organ at St. Paul’s Chapel. Guaranteed admission for Zorn at 60 All-Access Pass holders; first-come, first-served for all others. Co-produced with Works & Process at the Guggenheim.

  This is a bonus event, included as part of Miller Theatre’s 2013-14 Opening Night: Zorn at 60, celebrating one of New York’s most imporant artists: John Zorn.


Performers


Zorn at 60: Orchestra

Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 8pm

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  This fall, Miller joins with venues across the city and around the world—from the Met Museum to the Barbican Centre—in celebrating the 60th birthday of one of New York’s most important artists: John Zorn. Miller’s marathon roams widely, exploring notated and improvised music alike, and features an all-star lineup of musicians, every one of them hand-selected by the composer for these performances.

Part 1: Orchestra John Zorn’s dream team orchestra—80 players, at last count—performs some of the composer’s great symphonic works, including his masterpiece violin concerto. Featuring violin soloist Christopher Otto and conductor David Fulmer heading up an entire orchestra of soloists.



Repertoire

  • Suppôts et Supplications       (2012) — U.S. premiere
  • Contes de Fées       (1999)
  • Orchestra Variations       (1996)
  • Kol Nidre       (1996)

Zorn at 60: Chamber Music

Thursday, September 26, 2013, 8pm

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  This fall, Miller joins with venues across the city and around the world—from the Met Museum to the Barbican Centre—in celebrating the 60th birthday of one of New York’s most important artists: John Zorn. Miller’s marathon roams widely, exploring notated and improvised music alike, and features an all-star lineup of musicians, every one of them hand-selected by the composer for these performances.

Part 2: Chamber Music Voices, winds, percussion, electronics, and strings. A program of works for small ensembles, including four world premieres, performed by musicians from the city’s best new-music bands. In all, more than two dozen performers and 16 pieces, all of them written since 2002

  Featuring: TALEA Ensemble; Sarah Bailey, soprano; Lisa Bielawa, soprano; Jay Campbell, cello; Trevor Dunn, bass; Abby Fischer, alto; David Fulmer, violin; Steven Gosling, piano; Rebekah Heller, bassoon; Melissa Hughes, soprano; Daniel Lippel, guitar; Ikue Mori, electronics; Michael Nicolas, cello; Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; Christopher Otto, violin; Joshua Rubin, clarinet; Jane Sheldon, soprano; Fred Sherry, cello; Kirsten Sollek, alto; Kenny Wolleson, percussion; and others


Performers


Repertoire

  • Hexentarot     (2013) world premiere
  • Madrigals     (2013)
  • Maldoror     (2013) world premiere
  • Bateau Ivre     (2011)
  • 777     (2007)
  • Missa Sine Voces     (2012) U.S. premiere
  • Sortilége     (2002)
  • Illuminations     (2010)
  • Orphée     (2004)
  • Ceremonial Magic     (2011)
  • Occam’s Razor     (2012)
  • The Steppenwolf     (2012) world premiere
  • The Temptations of St. Anthony     (2012) New York premiere

Zorn at 60: Game Pieces

Friday, September 27, 2013, 8pm

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  This fall, Miller joins with venues across the city and around the world—from the Met Museum to the Barbican Centre—in celebrating the 60th birthday of one of New York’s most important artists: John Zorn. Miller’s marathon roams widely, exploring notated and improvised music alike, and features an all-star lineup of musicians, every one of them hand-selected by the composer for these performances.

Part 3: Game Pieces Without dictating any of the notes to be played, these pieces use visual cues and graphic scores to structure the interactions of improvisers, resulting in remarkable (and one-of-a-kind) performances. This program brings together works rarely heard in a single evening and features many of Zorn’s longtime collaborators: Cyro Baptista, Uri Caine, Erik Friedlander, George Lewis, Marc Ribot, and many, many others.

  Featuring: Cyro Baptista, percussion; Joey Baron, percussion; Brian Chase, percussion; Sylvie Courvoisier, piano; Trevor Dunn, bass; Erik Friedlander, cello; Kenny Grohowski, percussion; Okkyung Lee, cello; George Lewis, trombone; John Medeski, piano; James Moore, guitar; Ikue Mori, electronics; Mike Patton, vocals; Mark Ribot, guitar; Marcus Rojas, tuba; Ches Smith, percussion; William Winant, percussion; Kenny Wolleson, percussion; Dither Guitar Quartet; and TALEA ensemble


Performers


Repertoire

  • Rugby     (1983)
  • Book of Heads     (1978)
  • Xu Feng     (1985)
  • Hockey     (1978)
  • Fencing     (1978)
  • Bezique     (1989)
  • Lacrosse     (1976)
  • Cobra     (1984)

Georg Friedrich Haas
Yasuko Haas

A Preview of the Miller Theatre 2013-14 Composer Portraits Series

Program Notes

Georg Friedrich Haas

In revisiting media and sometimes specific works of the past—such as a mass by Josquin or Sappho’s...

Georg Friedrich Haas

Ensemble Signal

Thursday, October 10, 2013, 8pm

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        The music of Georg Friedrich Haas possesses “an otherworldly beauty,” writes The New Yorker. His compositional toolbox includes exotic scales and alternative tunings. He often draws on centuries past for inspiration, as in this program, which includes homages to the music of Desprez and the poetry of Sappho. Newly appointed to the Columbia University faculty, Haas will be the first composer of many this season to participate in an onstage discussion about his music during the performance.



Repertoire

  • Atthis         for soprano and 8 instruments (2009)
  • Tria ex uno         (2001)
  • de terrae fine         (2001)

Anat Cohen Quartet
Miller Theatre

A Preview of the Miller Theatre 2013-14 Jazz Series

Anat Cohen Quartet

Saturday, October 12, 2013, 8pm

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    The Anat Cohen Quartet is back for a second appearance on the Miller stage, on the heels of their enormously popular 2012 debut. Influenced by klezmer, reggae, funk, and Latin rhythms, and known for her expressive, charismatic performances, Cohen has earned accolades from audience, critics, and peers alike, including jazz great and frequent collaborator Paquito D’Rivera who has called her “one of the greatest players ever on the clarinet.”



Cage100 Party Pieces

Either/Or

Thursday, October 17, 2013, 8pm

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  This new, evening-length work brings together 125 short compositions by 125 different composers, written according to a compositional model created by Cage in 1945. An adaptation of a parlor game popular with Surrealist artists, Cage’s rules are fairly simple: each participant receives a small portion of blank manuscript paper, along with the final few notes of the composition that will precede theirs in performance. Within the given space, the composers—among them William Bolcolm, Jason Eckardt, Kamran Ince, Lei Liang, David T. Little, and Keeril Makan—write whatever they please, passing their final measure on to the next composer in line. Assembled for the first time in performance, the resulting piece is an incredible amalgam of different styles, influences, methods, and perspectives—a whole that is, without a doubt, greater than the sum of its parts.

  Featuring:

  Either/Or Richard Carrick, conductor

  A part of CAGE100, a project of the Forum of Contemporary Music Leipzig.



Repertoire

  • Cage100 Party Pieces   (2013) — world premiere

Combattimenti
Matthew Murphy

Le Carnaval Baroque

Le Poème Harmonique

A Preview of the 2013-14 Miller Theatre Early Music Series

Combattimenti

Le Poème Harmonique

Saturday, October 19, 2013, 8pm

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Acclaimed French early-music ensemble Le Poème Harmonique returns following two sell-out Opening Night concerts last season. Centered around Monteverdi’s revolutionary Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, considered one of the finest madrigals of war, this season’s program contrasts Monteverdi’s dramatic cantata with a light-hearted piece by Marazzoli that parodies the same love-lorn tale. Showcasing works in stile rappresentativo—a style of singing developed in 16th century Italian opera that is more emotive than speech but less melodic than song—Le Poème Harmonique celebrates music as a means of connection and poetic communication.



Repertoire

  • Claudio Monteverdi Hor ch’el ciel e la terra (SV 147)
  • Claudio Monteverdi Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (SV 153)
  • Giovani Maria Trabaci Consonanze stravaganzi
  • Il Fasolo Lamento di madama Lucia con la riposta di Cola
  • Marco Marazzoli La Fiera di Farfa

The Horszowski Trio
Lisa Marie Mazzucco

Trio in F Minor Op.65 (Poco Adagio) - Antonín Dvořák

The Horszowski Trio

The Horszowski Trio

Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 6pm

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        Bring a friend, grab a drink, and join some of today’s most interesting performers onstage at Miller Theatre on select Tuesday evenings.

        The Horszowski Trio makes their Miller debut examining the myriad ways composer use music not just to evoke a feeling, but to tell a story. Pairing Joan Tower’s moving and personal work for her late nephew with John Harbinson’s playful Piano Trio No. 2. and other works, the Horszowski Trio takes the audience through the spectrum of emotions with this program.

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



Repertoire

  • Joan Tower: For Daniel           (2004)
  • John Harbison: Piano Trio No.2, “Short Stories”
    1. Tale
    2. Ballad
    3. Rumors and Reports
    4. Enigma

Warren Wolf Quartet

A Preview of the Miller Theatre 2013-14 Jazz Series

Warren Wolf Quartet

Saturday, November 2, 2013, 8pm

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  Following his electrifying appearance last season with Christian McBride and Inside Straight, virtuoso vibraphonist Warren Wolf returns to Miller as a bandleader. Wolf draws on his varied musical knowledge and experience working with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, and Esperanza Spaulding, creating inventive new melodies and modern reinterpretations of classic tunes. At once boldly expressive and finely nuanced, Wolf is “…an artist of immense ability and taste” (DownBeat).



Rand Steiger
Erik Jepsen

A Preview of the Miller Theatre 2013-14 Composer Portraits Series

A Menacing Plume

Rand Steiger

International Contemporary Ensemble

Thursday, November 7, 2013, 8pm

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    Currently composer-in-residence at San Diego’s Calit2 (California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology), Rand Steiger has been fascinated by the intersection of classical music and technology throughout his career. A former resident artist at IRCAM, Steiger is particularly interested in combining live orchestral instruments and real-time electronics. His new set of works for ICE includes eight pieces, each featuring different instruments from the ensemble paired with electronics.



Repertoire

  • Coalescence Cycle (2012/13) world premiere
  • Cyclone
  • Concatenation
  • Light on Water
  • Template for Improvising Trumpeter and Ensemble
  • Joust
  • Coalescence

A Love Affair
Eric Richmond

The Orlando Consort discusses Machaut

A Preview of the 2013-14 Miller Theatre Early Music Series

Program Notes

The Orlando Consort

Many of these composers were singers as well. Above all, they recognize that the whole is greater than...

A Love Affair

The Orlando Consort

Saturday, November 16, 2013, 8pm

Church of St. Mary the Virgin

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              It’s been 25 years since The Orlando Consort first began sharing their love of medieval and Renaissance repertoire with audiences around the globe. Miller raises a glass to these ambassadors of early music with a program focused on Machaut’s extraordinary Le voir dit, the improbable (and possibly autobiographical) love story of an aging poet and his young admirer, widely considered one of the great works of the Middle Ages. In the second half of the program, the quartet traverses other favorites from their repertoire, including works by Dufay, Ockeghem, and Josquin.


Performers


Repertoire

  • Guillaume de Machaut     Songs from Le Voir Dit
  • Dunstaple Descendi in ortum meum
  • Dufay Lamentatio sanctae matris ecclesiae Constantinopolitanae
  • Ockeghem Ave Maria
  • Compère Ave Maria
  • Brumel Sicut lilium
  • Josquin O bone et dulcis Domine Jesus
  • Josquin In te Domine speravi
  • Clemens non Papa Ego flos campi
  • Gombert Quam pulchra es

Catalyst Quartet

Strum - Jessie Montgomery

Catalyst Quartet

Catalyst Quartet

Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 6pm

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    Catalyst Quartet makes their Miller debut with a program that features a work by their own violinist Jessie Montgomery—a student of Joan Tower—alongside works by Tower, Phillip Glass and jazz great Paquito D’Rivera. Catalyst is comprised of top winners and alumni of the renowned Sphinx Competition, an annual competition designed to identify and champion outstanding young string players in the Black and Latino communities.

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


Performers

  • Catalyst Quartet

Repertoire

  • Jessie Montgomery (b. 1981): Strum
  • Joan Tower (b. 1938): In Memory
  • Phillip Glass (b. 1937): String Quartet No. 3 “Mishima”     (1957)
  • Paquito D’Rivera (b. 1948): Wapango

Aaron Diehl Trio
John Abbott

‘Round Midnight

Aaron Diehl Trio

A Preview of the Miller Theatre 2013-14 Jazz Series

Aaron Diehl Trio

Saturday, November 23, 2013, 8pm

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        Pianist Aaron Diehl headlines his first show at Miller with original interpretations of the masters of jazz and ragtime. Meticulous in his technique and playful in his improvisations, Diehl moves easily between hard-swinging jazz and moments of elegant restraint. Having previously appeared at Miller with Wycliffe Gordon, and with a tour with the legendary Wynton Marsalis already under his belt, the young, Juilliard-trained Diehl displays “striking subtleties of touch and a foothold in the music’s bedrock traditions,” according to The New York Times.



Anna Thorvaldsdottir
Hrafn Asgeirsson

Hrím

Anna Thorvaldsdottir

A Preview of the Miller Theatre 2013-14 Composer Portraits Series

Program Notes

Anna Thorvaldsdóttir

She has worked with various media, from symphony orchestra to studio electronics, but always with a sense...

Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Either/Or

Thursday, December 5, 2013, 8pm

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                      Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir has burst onto the scene in recent years. Her “shimmering, harmonically ambiguous” music is oft described in cinematic terms, evoking an expansive, wintry landscape with “the impression of a distant, howling wind” (The New York Times). Her 2011 album Rhízōma won international accolades, earning places on best-of lists from New York and Chicago to the Nordic countries. Either/Or plays a favorite from that record, Hrím, alongside several pieces never before heard in the U.S.



Repertoire

  • into - second self (2013) U.S. premiere
  • [one] (2008)
  • Ró/Serenity (2013) U.S. premiere
  • Tactility (2012) New York premiere
  • Hrím (2009/2010)

Yarn/Wire

Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 6pm

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      Yarn/Wire returns to Miller Theatre on the heels of their February 2013 debut with a program of new works for their unique instrumentation: two keyboard players and two percussionists. The four team up to play a recent piece by composer Eric Wubbels, and then divide and conquer in solos for piano and marimba.

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


Performers


Repertoire

  • Eric Wubbels alphabeta
  • Mei-Fang Lin Interaction
  • Alex Mincek V
  • Tristan Murail Selections from Les travaux et les jours
  • Øyvind Torvund The Stacks

Wondrous Birth
Chris Owyoung

O Dolce Nocte - Phillippe Verdelot

New York Polyphony

A Preview of the 2013-14 Miller Theatre Early Music Series

Wondrous Birth

New York Polyphony

Saturday, December 14, 2013, 8pm

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            New York Polyphony returns with a diverse holiday program that offers an intimate and meditative take on the Christmas season. The imaginative repertoire spans nine centuries and ranges from popular early fare, including Victoria’s O magnum misterium and ancient carols, to newer repertoire, including a piece by New York Polyphony’s own countertenor Geoffrey Williams and the world premiere of a Miller Theatre commission from composer Andrew Smith.



Repertoire

  • Andrew Smith Veni Redemptor Gentium
  • Thomas Tallis Audivi vocem de caelo
  • Geoffrey Williams Adam lay ybounden
  • Andrew Smith Veni Emmanuel
  • Philippe Verdelot Gabriel Archangelus
  • Andrew Smith Ave maris stella
  • arr. Alexander Craig Gabriel’s Message
  • Trinity Roll MS There is no Rose
  • John Scott There is no Rose
  • Ritson MS Lully, Lullow: I saw a swete semly syght
  • Selden MS Nowell: Out of your sleep
  • Andrew Smith Nowell: Out of your sleep
  • T. L. da Victoria O magnum mysterium
  • Jacob Clemens non Papa Vox in Rama
  • Richard Pygott Quid petis, o fili
  • Anonymous The Coventry Carol Pageant of the Shearmen and the Tailors
  • arr. Alexander Craig The darkest midnight in December

Simone Dinnerstein
Lisa Marie Mazzucco
Program Notes

Simone Dinnerstein

The sonata ends with strangely beautiful layers of sound created by a continuous trill surrounded by a...

Simone Dinnerstein

Thursday, January 23, 2014, 6:04pm

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          A pianist of “arresting freshness and subtlety” (TIME), Simone Dinnerstein returns to Miller Theatre for her second solo recital bringing together challenging keyboard works both old and new. Though Dinnerstein is perhaps best known for her interpretations of Bach, The Philadelphia Inquirer puts her “in a league with any of the great Beethoven pianists of our time.” She’ll pair one of Beethoven’s most profound piano sonatas with a clever work by George Crumb, the New York premiere of a recent piece by Nico Muhly written just for her, and Bach’s ingenious Two-Part Inventions, which are too-rarely performed in concert.



Repertoire

  • J.S. Bach   Two-Part Inventions for keyboard, Op. 772-786
  • George Crumb Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik (Ruminations on ‘Round Midnight by Thelonius Monk) (2001)
  • Nico Muhly You Can’t Get There From Here (2012) New York Premiere
  • Beethoven   Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Opus 111

Outside The Wire Standup

Why Soo Serious Entertainment

Saturday, January 25, 2014, 7pm

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    Why Soo Serious Entertainment presents “Outside the Wire” standup comedy, a tribute to our wounded warriors. Featuring Bob Nelson, Alan Chan, Who Who Julio, CJ Starr and Doug Stone.


Additional Information


www.whysooserious.com

Outside The Wire Standup

Why Soo Serious Entertainment

Saturday, January 25, 2014, 9pm

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  Why Soo Serious Entertainment presents “Outside the Wire” standup comedy, a tribute to our wounded warriors. Featuring Bob Nelson, Alam Chan, Who Who Kulio, CJ Starr and Doung Stong.


Additional Information


www.whysooserious.com

Origins

Steven Schick on Percussion

Steven Schick
Program Notes

Steven Schick: Solo

Two intertwined purposes are reflected by this music: it is both what I do on stage and also a system...

Origins

Steven Schick

Thursday, January 30, 2014, 8pm

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                  Right around the time of Steven Schick’s sixth birthday, Karlheinz Stockhausen put into print a new piece that would change Schick’s life, and that of percussionists around the world. With Zyklus, Stockhausen established the genre of solo percussion music. In this two-night concert event, Schick takes listeners on a virtuoso tour of the form’s birth and explosive growth over the past six decades—a musical development that has paralleled his own growth as an artist.

                  Part One: Origins

                  Schick begins at the beginning, starting in 1959 with Zyklus and continuing up through the 80s, touching along the way on works of Feldman, Lachenmann, Xenakis, and other progenitors of solo percussion, both well and lesser known. In these works, composers staked out new territory, creating sounds, structures, and methods of notation that blew conventional ideas about classical music out of the water.



Repertoire

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen Zyklus (1959)
  • Morton Feldman The King of Denmark (1964)
  • Helmut Lachenmann Intérieur I (1966)
  • Vinko Globokar Toucher (1972)
  • Iannis Xenakis Psappha (1975)
  • Alvin Lucier Silvers Streetcar for the Orchestra (1982)
  • Vinko Globokar ?Corporel (1982)
  • Iannis Xenakis Rebonds (1989)

Conversation: Percussion in the 21st Century

Steven Schick on Solo Percussion

Steven Schick

Conversation: Percussion in the 21st Century

Friday, January 31, 2014, 3pm

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        Steven Schick will moderate a conversation with an incredible group of musical luminaries, including composer Kaija Saariaho, jazz vibraphonist Stefon Harris, percussionist Aiyun Huang, solo percussionist Haruka Fujii, and So Percussion founder Adam Sliwinski. Recognizing the unique opportunity to showcase this genre, Miller Theatre is reaching out to percussion students and educators throughout the Northeast, hoping to bring together a community of curious musicians to start a discussion about the future of percussion music in this century.

        The conversation is free and open to all; All-Access Pass-holders receive guaranteed admission.


Performers


Responses

Steven Schick on Percussion

Steven Schick

Responses

Steven Schick

Saturday, February 1, 2014, 8pm

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                        Right around the time of Steven Schick’s sixth birthday, Karlheinz Stockhausen put into print a new piece that would change Schick’s life, and that of percussionists around the world. With Zyklus, Stockhausen established the genre of solo percussion music. In this two-night concert event, Schick takes listeners on a virtuoso tour of the form’s birth and explosive growth over the past six decades—a musical development that has paralleled his own growth as an artist.

                Part Two: Responses

                        Over the past 30 years, Schick has made it his mission to expand the repertoire, commissioning and premiering more than 100 new pieces. This program features important newer works that create a continuing dialogue with those who came before, including pieces by David Lang, Brian Ferneyhough, Kaija Saariaho, Michael Gordon, and John Luther Adams, plus the world premieres of two brand new pieces, by young American composers Lei Liang and Nathan Davis.

                        “Schick’s evenness of touch and mastery of pacing make it hard to believe that one person is playing these absurdly complex interlocking timbral and rhythmic patterns, reminiscent of a one man gamelan orchestra.” - BBC Music Magazine



Repertoire

  • Gustavo Aguilar Wendell’s History for Steve (2008)
  • David Lang The Anvil Chorus (1991)
  • Brian Ferneyhough Bone Alphabet (1992)
  • Kaija Saariaho Six Japanese Gardens (1997)
  • Michael Gordon XY (1998)
  • John Luther Adams Roar (2002)
  • Mark Applebaum Aphasia (2010)
  • Nathan Davis Crystal Radio (2014) world premiere
  • Lei Liang Trans (2014) world premiere
  • Gustavo Aguilar Wendell’s History for Steve Pt. 2 (2008)

Saariaho + Bach
Priska Ketterer Luzern

Bach, Revisited with Saariaho, Tower, and Reich

A Preview of the 2013-14 Miller Theatre Bach, Revisited Series

Saariaho + Bach

Jennifer Koh, Jean-Baptiste Barrière

Thursday, February 6, 2014, 8pm

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        The Bach series is back with a special anniversary twist: three extraordinary living composers, featured in past Composer Portraits concerts, return to curate a special evening pairing their music with favorite pieces of Bach. The composers join director Melissa Smey onstage for a conversation at each concert.

        This Finnish composer’s international reputation has continued to blossom since her packed 2009 Portrait at Miller. Jennifer Koh—who “gave a stunning, high-energy account of the almost continuous solo line” (The New York Times) of Saariaho’s violin concerto in that performance—returns to play solo works by Bach and Saariaho. Directly inspired by the D minor partita, Saariaho’s Frises draws on Baroque forms (passacaglia, ground bass, chaconne) and stretches the sonic palette of the solo violin with live electronics.



Repertoire

  • Saariaho Frises (2011) U.S. premiere
  • Bach Partita in D minor, BWV 1004

Ensemble Signal

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 6pm

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    Bring a friend, grab a drink, and join some of today’s most interesting performers onstage at Miller Theatre on select Tuesday evenings.

    Continuing the theme from their September Pop-Up appearance, Ensemble Signal returns with another program of solo works. This concert features one of the Ensemble’s favorite composers, Hilda Paredes, with the U.S. premiere of her Intermezzo malinconico for bass clarinet, alongside two works by David Lang for solo percussion, both of which were originally commissioned by another Miller Theatre featured artist, Steven Schick. This unique pairing gives audiences a chance to experience a range of experiments in the solo form, and compare how these master composers and musicians have navigated the idiosyncrasies of their chosen instruments.

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



Repertoire

  • Tristan Perich Momentary Expanse (2008)
  • Luciano Berio  Les mots sont allés (1978)
  • David Lang Unchained Melody (2004)
  • Hilda Paredes Intermezzo malinconico (2012) U.S. premiere
  • David Lang Little Eye (1999)

Ivy Ballet Exchange

Saturday, February 15, 2014, 8pm

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    Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Harvard Ballet Company, and Princeton University Ballet present the first Ivy Ballet Exchange.

    Please join us for this unique opportunity to see all three of these student-run ballet groups in performance together. Our program will feature dynamic pieces from each group that represent our commitment to the advancement of ballet at our respective universities. Through our collaboration, we hope to strengthen and develop new ties among our university ballet communities as well as the greater Columbia and New York communities. Our vision is for these performances to become an annual series that will stimulate an ongoing dialogue about various approaches to sharing ballet via student-run groups within the university setting.


Additional Information


Please visit Columbia Ballet Collaborative's website for programming updates and more at: www.columbiaballetcollaborative.com

Ivy Ballet Exchange

Sunday, February 16, 2014, 3pm

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    Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Harvard Ballet Company, and Princeton University Ballet present the first Ivy Ballet Exchange.

    Please join us for this unique opportunity to see all three of these student-run ballet groups in performance together. Our program will feature dynamic pieces from each group that represent our commitment to the advancement of ballet at our respective universities. Through our collaboration, we hope to strengthen and develop new ties among our university ballet communities as well as the greater Columbia and New York communities. Our vision is for these performances to become an annual series that will stimulate an ongoing dialogue about various approaches to sharing ballet via student-run groups within the university setting.


Additional Information


Please visit Columbia Ballet Collaborative's website for programming updates and more at: www.columbiaballetcollaborative.com

Roger Reynolds
Malcolm Crowthers

A Preview of the Miller Theatre 2013-14 Composer Portraits Series

Roger Reynolds

Ensemble Signal

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 8pm

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      A Pulitzer Prize winner and professor at UC San Diego, Reynolds has devoted his life to sonic experimentation. Following studies in music and science, he spent time in Europe and Japan, layering diverse international influences upon his abiding fascination with American pioneers such as Ives and Cage. This program spotlights two commissions for Irvine Arditti—a solo work and a concerto—as well as a newer piece for chamber ensemble that engages live performers and computer-generated sounds in an improvisatory dialogue.



Repertoire

  • Kokoro (1993)
  • Positings (2012) New York Premiere
  • Aspiration (2004-05)

Shujaat Khan & Samir Chatterjee

South Asia Institute

Friday, February 28, 2014, 8pm

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              The South Asia Institute at Columbia University presents a concert featuring Shujaat Husain Khan (sitar) and Samir Chatterjee (tabla). Khan is one of the leading North Indian classical musiciands of his generation. He belongs to the Imdadkhani Gharana (tradition) of the sitar and his style of playing sitar, known as the gayaki ang, is imitative of the subtleties of the human voice. Samir Chatterjee is a virtuoso Tabla player from the Farrukhabad Gharana (school). He has traveled widely across the world to perform at festivals as a soloist or with other outstanding musiciands from Indian and western musical traditions.


Additional Information


For more information please visit the website sai.columbia.edu or contact Annaparna Porlieri at ap2494@columbia.edu.

Miguel Zenón Quartet

Caravana Cultural - A Tribute to Wayne Shorter

Miguel Zenón Quartet

A Preview of the Miller Theatre 2013-14 Jazz Series

Miguel Zenón Quartet

Saturday, March 1, 2014, 8pm

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          Multiple Grammy nominee and MacArthur “genius” Miguel Zenón is widely considered to be among the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation. Eclectic in his layering of textures and inventive in his composition of melodies, Zenón creates music that makes you want to keep listening. A Guggenheim Fellow and founding member of the SFJazz Collective, Zenón is known for his unique and nuanced blend of jazz and Latin influences, including those of his native Puerto Rico.



Ekmeles

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 6pm

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            Bring a friend, grab a drink, and join some of today’s most interesting performers onstage at Miller Theatre on select Tuesday evenings.

            Making their Miller Theatre debut, the New York-based vocal ensemble Ekmeles brings a program of contemporary a cappella works to the stage in a variety of settings, from solos and duets to full-ensemble sextets. Featuring an all-star cast of singers, Ekmeles, which takes its name from the Ancient Greek word describing complex musical tonalities “not appropriate for musical usage,” promises to push the boundaries of vocal performance and unleash a torrent of new and exciting sound in the process.

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


Performers


Repertoire

  • Peter Ablinger Studien nach der Natur (1995, 2002)
  • Kaija Saariaho From the Grammar of Dreams (1988)
  • Salvatore Sciarrino L'alibi della Parola (1994)
  • Evan Johnson a general interrupter to ongoing activity (2011)
  • Thanasis Deligiannis Ignored Manuals (2013)

The Phoenix Rising
Tom Allwood
Program Notes

The Phoenix Rising

This repertoire also profoundly influenced a whole new generation of English composers—Howells, Tippett,...

The Phoenix Rising

Stile Antico

Saturday, March 8, 2014, 8pm

Church of St. Mary the Virgin

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                The young British choir Stile Antico is back honoring the remarkable legacy of 16th century English sacred music with a program drawn entirely from the volumes of the hugely influential publication Tudor Church Music. First published in 1922, these pioneering editions unearthed a wealth of extraordinary music that had not been performed for centuries, and gave a stage to previously little-known composers who are now considered the heart of the English Renaissance. The program includes works by Taverner, Tallis, Gibbons, and Weelkes, and is crowned by William Byrd’s exquisite five-part Mass. The twelve voices of Stile Antico perform “with a sense of wondrous discovery” (The Arts Desk) befitting a program that celebrates the revival of a beloved repertoire.


Performers


Repertoire

  • William Byrd Ave verum corpus
  • Thomas Tallis Loquebantur variis linguis
  • William Byrd Mass for Five Voices
  • Thomas Morley Nolo mortem peccatoris
  • Orlando Gibbons O clap your hands together
  • Robert White Christe qui lux es IV
  • Orlando Gibbons Hosanna to the Sons of David
  • Thomas Tallis In ieiunio et fletu
  • Thomas Weelkes Gloria in excelsis Deo
  • John Taverner O splendor gloriae

Unsuk Chin
Eric Richmond

A Preview of the Miller Theatre 2013-14 Composer Portraits Series

Program Notes

Unsuk Chin

We may learn little about Chin as a person from her compositions. Yet we will learn a lot about music,...

Unsuk Chin

Ensemble Signal

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 8pm

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        Born and raised in 1960s South Korea, Unsuk Chin developed a one-of-a-kind musical voice from an early age. Largely self-taught, she received her first formal training at Seoul National University, where encounters with avant-garde Western forms, sounds, and techniques made a big impression. She moved to Europe and studied with Ligeti. Her music—colorfully orchestrated, rhythmically vital, and influenced by studies in electronics—has since won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award and been championed by orchestras, new-music bands, and conductors worldwide.



Repertoire

  • Gradus ad infinitum (1989) U.S. premiere
  • Etudes No. 5 & 6 from Six Piano Etudes (1999)
  • snagS&Snarls (2003-04) New York premiere
  • Double Concerto for piano, percussion, and ensemble (2002) New York premiere

A Salute to Rockette History II

The Ziegfeld Society

Saturday, March 15, 2014, 6pm

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A Salute to Rockette History II is a celebration of the history of the Rockettes from 1925 to the present. The show includes singing and dancing as well as a line of former Rockettes performing precision tap dance routines. There will be a guest appearance by Chita Rivera speaking about her experience of performing with the Rockettes in the musical CanCan. A Salute to Rockette History II is presented by The Ziegfeld Society and co-produced by Karyn Tomczak and Mary Six Rupert.


Additional Information


For more information please contact Mary Six Rupert at mary6rupert@yahoo.com

Dance and Music Festival

Rachna Sarang Academy of Performing Arts

Sunday, March 16, 2014, 6pm

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Rachna Sarang Academy of Performing Arts (RSAPA) presents an evening of classical, semi-classical music, and dance. Guests of Honor for the evening are famous celebrity playback singers Shri Roop Kumar Rathod, Sunali Rathod, and their daughter, Reewa Rathod.

RSAPA teaches Kathak dance as an artistic heritage deeply rooted in its cultural context, yet evolving in a contemporary society. Guru Rachna Sarang, the artistic director of RSAPA, is a respected teacher and choreographer of Kathak. She has made significant contributions and has presented at various prestigious venues such as Madison Square Garden and Lincoln Center. She has produced and choreographed dance dramas such as Kumarsambhavam, Ramayana, Chandanbala, and Dashavatar which were presented both in India and America. Recently, Guru Rachna Sarang brought her students from New York to India to perform at the National Centre of Performing Arts, Bombay for a charity event organized by both RSAPA and Palanpur Samaj Kendra.


Additional Information


For more information please contact Barkha Patel at Barkha51@gmail.com.

The 30th Annual Harmony Sweepstakes

Saturday, March 22, 2014, 7pm

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For 30 years the Harmony Sweepstakes has been delighting audiences and still the event continues to grow in popularity. The show was the inspiration for the hit NBC show The Sing-Off which aired nation-wide on NBC, and brought even more interest to the art of a cappella singing. A cappella enjoyed international exposure with the success of the recent hit movie Pitch Perfect, which showcased how fun a cappella competitions can be.


This annual national competition draws from hundreds of vocal groups from around the country with regional competitions in eight cities. The winning group from each festival is flown to perform in front of celebrity judges and a sold out house of enthusiastic a cappella fans at the National Finals. The competition embraces all styles of music performed a cappella, from the traditional forms of doo-wop & barbershop, gospel & jazz to the exciting and innovative new directions of contemporary vocal music. You will be amazed at the versatility of the human voice on display in this most exhilarating evening of vocal harmony singing.


Additional Information


For more information please contact Colette Thompson at newyork@harmony-sweepstakes.com.

Special Performance: Distant Mirrors

Jean-Baptiste Barrière

Saturday, March 29, 2014, 1pm

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A real-time international collaboration between flutist Camilla Hoitenga, at the Musée Gadagne in Lyons, France, and flutist Margaret Lancaster, who will play live on the Miller Theatre stage. Musicians and audience alike will be able to view a large video score, which uses color and images to guide the performers’ actions, changing and adapting as the performance proceeds. The two flutists play together via the Internet, creating a collective memory that transcends geographic barriers. Two performances take place at noon and 1 p.m.



Additional Information


This project is made possible, in part, through support from The French-American Fund for Contemporary Music, a program of FACE with major support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, SACEM, lnstitut Français, the Florence Gould Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Special Exhibit: The Garden of Dreams

Jean-Baptiste Barrière

Saturday, March 29, 2014, 8pm

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This special installation by Jean-Baptiste Barrière is an other-worldly amalgamation of sound and video, inspired by the dreams of visitors from around the world. Barrière’s multimedia environment incorporates recordings of dreams, submitted by users online at thegardenofdreams.org or recorded in special “Dream Station” booths placed at the exhibition sites, both at Columbia University’s Maison Française in New York and at the Musée Gadagne in Lyon, France.

On view March 24-29, presented in conjunction with Barrière Composer Portrait at Miller Theatre on March 29.

Hours: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 5pm and Saturday 12pm to 8pm.



Additional Information


This project is made possible, in part, through support from The French-American Fund for Contemporary Music, a program of FACE with major support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, SACEM, lnstitut Français, the Florence Gould Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Jean-Baptiste Barrière
Program Notes

Jean-Baptiste Barrière

Often collaborative, nearly always multiform, frequently depending on interactions between live participants...

Jean-Baptiste Barrière

Saturday, March 29, 2014, 8pm

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          Jean-Baptiste Barrière is a key figure in computer music. A native Parisian, Barrière led the city’s electronic-music mecca IRCAM for more than 15 years, and his piece Chréode is recognized as a seminal work in the history of electronic music. Many of his more recent works entail live manipulation of both audio and video. In this concert, Barrière premieres three pieces, one of which was previously given an early reading at Miller’s onstage Pop-Up series. A concurrent exhibition and related performance offer a fuller perspective on the composer’s multifaceted artistic pursuits.


Glories of the Japanese Music Heritage

Ancient Soundscapes Reborn

Sunday, March 30, 2014, 4pm

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The Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies: Japanese Cultural Heritage Initiatives is pleased to present the 9th season of its annual concert of Japanese sacred court music (Gagaku) and secular art music (Hōgaku). The program will include both classical and modern repertoires as well as newly commissioned works for Japanese heritage music instruments and computer. This concert features the three Gagaku musicians invited from Japan (Hitomi Nakamura, Takeshi Sasamoto, and Remi Miura), the two New York-based Hōgaku artists (Masayo Ishigure and James Nyoraku Schlefer), and Columbia Gagaku and Hōgaku Ensembles. For tickets please visit www.medievaljapanesestudies.org.


Additional Information


For details and tickets, please call 212.854.7403 or visit the Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies website at www.medievaljapanesestudies.org.

Tony Arnold and Jacob Greenberg

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 6pm

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Bring a friend, grab a drink, and join some of today’s most interesting performers onstage at Miller Theatre on select Tuesday evenings.

Harawi, a 12-part song cycle, is the first part of Olivier Messiaen’s “Tristan Trilogy,” a series in which he explores the themes of love and death, particularly in relation to the myth of Tristan and Isolde. The French composer is revered as one of the pioneers of modern music and serialism, and was a longtime professor at the Paris Conservatoire, where his pupils included Boulez and Stockhausen. Following the release of their 2013 recording of Hawari that has been heralded as “one of the best new interpretations of Messiaen in years” (WQXR), the acclaimed duo of Tony Arnold and Jacob Greenberg take to the stage to present their take on this notoriously complex modernist masterpiece.

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



Repertoire

  • Olivier Messiaen Harawi: Songs of Love and Death (1945)

More Clicks, Fewer Bricks

The Lecture Hall is Obsolete

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 6:45pm

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Note: This event begins at 6:45 PM.

Is the college of the future online? With the popularity of MOOCs (massive open online courses) and the availability of online degree programs at a fraction of their on-campus price, we are experiencing an exciting experiment in higher education. Does the traditional classroom stand a chance? Will online education be the great equalizer, or is a campus-based college experience still necessary?

Presented by the Richard Paul Richman Center of Columbia University and Intelligence Squared U.S.


Additional Information


For more information please visit www8.gsb.columbia.edu/richman or email Kathleen Rithisorn at kr2315@columbia.edu.