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Composer Portraits

Jessie Montgomery

Thursday, April 3, 2025, 7:30PM
Miller Theatre at Columbia University

Single Tickets on Sale July 15 at 12PM

The music of composer Jessie Montgomery is “turbulent, wildly colorful, and exploding with life” (The Washington Post), and is performed regularly by leading orchestras and ensembles around the globe. Winner of the 2024 Grammy Award for Best Classical Composition and Musical America’s 2023 Composer of the Year, the Juilliard-trained violinist is immersed in a diverse range of projects, including The Everything Band—a collective of artists of varying styles creating music by experimentation, improvisation, and open-ended form. Montgomery performs alongside the ensemble for this Portrait, featuring a newly commissioned work and the joyful and ebullient Strum for string quartet.

Jessie Montgomery by Rob Davidson 960x1446
photo by Rob Davidson for Miller Theatre

The music of composer Jessie Montgomery is “turbulent, wildly colorful, and exploding with life” (The Washington Post), and is performed regularly by leading orchestras and ensembles around the globe. Winner of the 2024 Grammy Award for Best Classical Composition and Musical America’s 2023 Composer of the Year, the Juilliard-trained violinist is immersed in a diverse range of projects, including The Everything Band—a collective of artists of varying styles creating music by experimentation, improvisation, and open-ended form. Montgomery performs alongside the ensemble for this Portrait, featuring a newly commissioned work and the joyful and ebullient Strum for string quartet.

Repertoire

  • Jessie Montgomery

    new work

    (2024/25) world premiere Miller Theatre commission
  • Jessie Montgomery Lunar Songs (2019)
  • Jessie Montgomery Breakaway (2013)
  • Jessie Montgomery Strum (2006, rev. 2012)

Performers

  • The Everything Band
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