Bright Sheng
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Composer Portraits

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Composer Portraits: Bright Sheng

Bright Sheng, who will turn 64 on December 6, has been practicing what he preaches for the better part...

Composer Portraits

Bright Sheng

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 8pm

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Bright Sheng is one of the foremost composers of our time. His emotionally-driven music ranges from dramatic to lyrical, with strong influences of the folk and classical music of Eastern and Central Asia. The MacArthur Fellow returns to Columbia, where he received his DMA in composition, for this Portrait of recent works featuring the composer as pianist and conductor, as well as the marimba concerto, Deep Red, performed by the talented Curtis 20/21 Ensemble.


  • Clearwater Rhapsody (2018)
  • Deep Red (2014)
  • Dance Capriccio (2011)
  • String Quartet No. 4 “Silent Temple” (2000)

Additional Information

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

Photo by Angelo Merendino for Miller Theatre.