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Miller Theatre Announces the 2019-20 Season

Miller Theatre at Columbia University
School of the Arts
announces

The 2019-20 Season
 

20th Anniversary of Composer Portraits
 Featuring new Miller commissions by Vijay Iyer | Annea Lockwood | Dai Fujikura
Portrait of Anthony Braxton (part of Braxton75) opens the season

 

World Premiere Chamber Opera
DESIRE by Hannah Lash; Commissioned by Miller Theatre
 

10th Season of Programming from Executive Director Melissa Smey
Read a new Q&A with Melissa about programming Composer Portraits
 



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THE ICONIC COMPOSER PORTRAITS SERIES TURNS 20
Miller's signature series since 1999
 

ANTHONY BRAXTON: JACK Quartet and Either/Or perform eight compositions written by the polymath between 1968 and 2006 (9/25)
 
VIJAY IYER: 3 premieres by the MacArthur "Genius" include a Miller commission; performers include The Knights and Jennifer Koh (10/24)
 
ANNEA LOCKWOOD: Yarn/Wire performs a range of the New Zealand-born composer/sound artist's works, including a world premiere commission (11/14)
 
BRIGHT SHENG: The Columbia alum & MacArthur Fellow performs as pianist and conductor leading Curtis 20/21 in a concert of his works (12/5)
 
CAROLINE SHAW: Attacca Quartet and Sō Percussion perform the Pulitzer-winning star composer's chamber music from the last decade (2/6)
 
OSCAR BETTISON: Alarm Will Sound returns to Miller to perform two of the British-American composer's recent chamber concertos (2/20)
 
DAI FUJIKURA: Champions of Fujikura's music, ICE performs a high-octane program, including a world premiere Miller commission (3/5)

 

DESIRE — A NEW CHAMBER OPERA BY HANNAH LASH

Commissioned by Miller Theatre, DESIRE showcases Lash's lush sonic landscape performed by JACK Quartet & three singers (10/16–17)

 

BACH FROM THE PIANO
 

Pianist-extraordinaire SIMONE DINNERSTEIN is featured in this 3-part series (1/30, 2/13, 3/12)

 

JAZZ FEATURES FOUR VISIONARY BANDLEADERS

BRANDEE YOUNGER QUINTET (11/16) | CYRUS CHESTNUT QUARTET (12/7)
 
JIMMY GREENE QUINTET (2/1) | ANAT COHEN QUARTET (3/7)

 

EARLY MUSIC FEATURES FIVE MASTERFUL GROUPS

VOX LUMINIS (10/19) | NEW YORK POLYPHONY (11/9)
 
TALLIS SCHOLARS (12/14)
 
NEW YORK BAROQUE INCORPORATED (Miller Debut) (1/25)
 
QUICKSILVER (Miller Debut) (2/16)

 

CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS RETURNS
Director/designer and puppet master Lake Simons's ingenious production celebrates Saint-Saëns and Ogden Nash's “feathers, fur, and fins” (12/21)


POP-UP CONCERTS BRING THE AUDIENCE ONSTAGE
"Close to the music" takes on new meaning with year nine of this spontaneous, free series of hour-long 6PM concerts


8th ANNUAL MORNINGSIDE LIGHTS: ISLAND
Concept and direction by Processional Arts Workshop
Miller throws open its doors, inviting all to join lantern-making workshops that will culminate in glowing islands through the darkness of Morningside Park
(9/14-9/21)

 


Read the full press release:

Part 1 - Full Season Details

Part 2 - Season at a Glance by Month