Miller Theatre is proud to announce a thrilling line-up for the 2015-16 season. Our Composer Portraits, Early Music, and Jazz series return, featuring a number of world-class artists, plus the season includes a wealth of groundbreaking new projects.
This new season sees developments on two fronts: concert-as-theater, and artist residencies. In several of the programs, visual elements are an active part of the creation, employing designers and theater directors. The way Simon Steen-Anderson's Run Time Error (the season opener, on September 17) looks is as important as the way it sounds. He is director, designer, composer and performance artist (along with the JACK Quartet) in this all-encompassing experience, using prepared bows, whammy pedals, joysticks, and live manipulated video. Every part of Miller Theatre's building itself becomes an instrument to be "played," from ladders, walls and pipes to found objects of all kinds.
The superb British early music group Orlando Consort will present a very special event on October 14 and October 16 centered on Carl Theodor Dreyer's silent film masterpiece La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc, featuring a live soundscape of music from the 15th-century, music Joan herself could have heard.
Michael Gordon's Composer Portrait in May 2016 will feature the world premiere of the experiential and theatrical work Material. Directed by downtown designer Jim Findlay, it literally puts audiences in places they've never been before. Space and movement are crucial to the piece, and seating will be limited and on the stage only.
Miller is also very excited to present its first family program, Saint-Saëns' The Carnival of the Animals, directed and designed by artist Lake Simons, and inspired by Victorian toy theater. Miller hopes this will be the start of a new annual tradition, much as the spectacular Morningside Lights parade has engaged the community every fall for the past three years.
This season, a number of artists will be at Miller Theatre as part of residencies, giving them a chance to connect with Miller and the Columbia campus on an even deeper level. Simon Steen-Anderson will have two solid weeks in which to set up the building to become his own personal musical instrument. A weeklong residency exploring Romanian Spectralism—a little-known but fascinating movement—will feature composer Iancu Dumitrescu and Either/Or, and will encompass three concerts: two Pop-Up Concerts on the Miller stage and a Composer Portrait of Dumitrescu. Finally, cellist Matt Haimovitz will be in residence for four days, performing the complete Bach cello Suites alongside new works he commissioned, in pop-up style all over the campus.
Current subscribers will receive renewal materials in mid-May. Season tickets go on sale online on Tuesday, July 7 and single tickets will be available when the Miller Theatre Box Office opens for the season, on Monday, August 24.