Caroline Shaw
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Composer Portraits

For over twenty years, Miller's flagship series has fostered the creation of new work, served as an incubator...

Program Notes

Composer Portraits: Caroline Shaw

As it would happen, Caroline Shaw, the phenom vocalist, has also been playing the violin since she was...

Composer Portraits

Caroline Shaw

Thursday, February 6, 2020, 8pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

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Composer, violinist, and singer Caroline Shaw became the youngest recipient ever of the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2013, and she’s since taken both the pop and classical music worlds by storm. A “breakout star of New York’s contemporary classical scene” (The Guardian), Shaw is a unique creative voice whose music paints luscious soundscapes with moments of discord and unexpected resolutions. The Attacca Quartet and Sō Percussion, both close collaborators of the composer, perform a program of her works from the last decade.

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



  • selected songs from Let the soil play its simple part (2019)
  • Narrow Sea (2017)
  • Blueprint (2016)
  • Entr’acte (2011)
  • Punctum (2009/2013)

Additional Information

This performance is currently sold out, but tickets may be available on standby. A standby line will form at 6 p.m. on the night of the performance and any available seats will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, for that evening's performance only. Discounts (including senior and student pricing) do not apply for standby sales; all standby tickets will be $40; $35; $20 each.

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

Photo by Kyle Dorosz for Miller Theatre.