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Exclusive Event for CU Students

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 7pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University


Meet, mingle, and enjoy free food and drinks with fellow Columbians at this special, students-only reception in the Miller Theatre lobby. 

Join us at 8 pm for Kate Soper’s chamber music masterpiece Ipsa Dixit (“She, herself, said it”), which kicks off Miller’s flagship series Composer Portraits. The composer, herself, performs the virtuosic score alongside members of the ensemble Wet Ink in this evening-length tour de force.

CU student tickets for the performance are just $7. There’s no need to RSVP for the reception – just show your CUID.


Kate Soper

IPSA DIXIT: I. Poetics (excerpt)

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Composer Portraits

Miller's flagship series exposes audiences to the boundary-breaking music of today, with evening-length...

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Kate Soper: IPSA DIXIT

Ipse dixit /Ip-suh dik-sit/: noun (Latin). Literally “he, himself, said it.” An unproven yet dogmatic...

Composer Portraits

Kate Soper


Saturday, October 27, 2018, 8pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

Music by Kate Soper
Text by Aristotle, Guido d'Arrezo, Lydia Davis, Michael Drayton, Robert Duncan, Plato, Sigmund Freud, Jenny Holzer, Sophocles, Sarah Teasdale, and Ludwig Wittgenstein.  

Directed by Ashley Tata
Lighting Design by Anshuman Bhatia
Costume Design by Nina Vartanian
Projection Design by Bradley Peterson

Kate Soper is a multi-talented composer, singer, and writer whose theatrical chamber music masterpiece Ipsa Dixit (“She, herself, said it”) explores the integration of music, drama, and rhetoric. Called a “philosophy-opera” by The New Yorker, the work blends aspects of monodrama, Greek theater, and screwball comedy in a musical journey that examines the treachery of language and the questionable authenticity of artistic expression. The composer, herself, performs the virtuosic score alongside members of the ensemble Wet Ink in this evening-length tour de force.


  • Wet Ink Ensemble
  • Kate Soper composer & soprano
  • Josh Modney violin
  • Erin Lesser flute
  • Ian Antonio percussion


  • IPSA DIXIT (2010-2016)

Additional Information

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

Photo by Matt Zugale for Miller Theatre.