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Miller Theatre Launches New Reality Show, Desperate Measures

Miller Theatre today announced that it would launch a new reality television series in which composers battle it out for the chance to be the next big name in new music.

"Miller Theatre has a strong track record for discovering and promoting great compositional talent, but few people know about the drama that goes on behind closed doors," says Executive Director Melissa Smey. "For too long, we’ve kept the public in the dark about what it means to be a contemporary composer. With Desperate Measures, we finally have a chance to show audiences just how scintillating new music can be.”

Click here to watch the trailer for Season 1 of Desperate Measures!

Tune in on Tuesday evenings this fall to watch composers compete in challenges such as Speed Composing, Atonal Lip-Syncing, and The Obstacle Course of Landing a Commission. The first season includes composer contestants Zosha Di Castri, Ashley Fure, Michael Gordon, and David T. Little.

Cutthroat competition is juxtaposed with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, including searing criticisms from our panel of expert judges, and candid “composer confessionals,” taking viewers behind the scenes and giving them the first-ever glimpse into the surprisingly competitive world of contemporary composition.

The last composer standing takes home everything needed to launch a major career, with the Ultimate Composer Prize Pack, including: a world premiere performance of their piece by violinist Jennifer Koh, in concert at Miller Theatre at Columbia University; an international publishing deal from Schott Music; and a front-page review by respected music writer Steve Smith of The Boston Globe. (Miller Theatre makes no guarantees as to the content of said review.)

Have an idea for a challenge you’d like to see on Season Two of Desperate Measures?  Tweet it to us, @MillerTheatre, and you just might see your idea on screen next season.