Tyshawn Sorey
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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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Composer Portraits: Tyshawn Sorey

Musicians and critics alike avow Tyshawn Sorey’s fierce musicianship, readily placing him among his...

Composer Portraits

Tyshawn Sorey

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 8pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

Tyshawn Sorey is a visionary artist who is erasing the lines of musical preconceptions. The 2017 MacArthur Fellow has a wide-ranging creative practice, embracing the roles of composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, scholar, and educator. This Portrait features two new works, written for ensembles with which Sorey has close ties.

Read the Q&A with Melissa Smey about this Portrait by writer Lara Pellegrinelli


  • Autoschediasms for Creative Chamber Orchestra (2019), world premiere, Miller Theatre commission
  • Everything Changes, Nothing Changes (2018), New York premiere
  • Violin and Glockenspiel in Memoriam Muhal Richard Abrams (2018)
  • Bertha’s Lair (2016)
  • Ornations (2014)
  • Ode to Gust Burns   (2012)

Additional Information

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

Photo by Matt Zugale for Miller Theatre