Miller Theatre - Composer Portraits

Miller Theatre at Columbia University, New York, USA

Miller Theatre at Columbia University is the leading presenter of contemporary music in New York City and one of the most vital forces nationwide for innovative programming. The EvS Music Foundation supports the new-music series of Miller Theatre, the Composer Portraits 2017/2018.
Each eveninglength concert is a showcase of a single composer’s work. This focused programming concept invites new music experts and novices alike to experience, explore, and develop informed opinions about new works and living composers. The series is curated by Executive Director Melissa Smey, known for her dedication to audience development and for programming diverse composers from Europe and the Americas.

The 2017-18 Portraits series features six composers and the premiere performances of a number of important works. The series opens with a tribute to the music of New York-based, Brazilian-born composer Marcos Balter, performed by his regular collaborators the International Contemporary Ensemble. In December, the music of Chinese composer Chen Yi will be performed by the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble.
In February, French composer Raphaël Cendo will be portrayed in a concert that will feature recently composed works performed by the piano and percussion quartet Yarn/Wire and the chamber ensemble Either/Or. Irish composer Ann Cleare is the subject of a much-deserved Portrait in March, an opportunity to introduce New York audiences to this exciting young composer. The program features two world premieres.
In April, the return of Chicago-based Third Coast Percussion will be welcomed for a Portrait of Christopher Cerrone, featuring the New York premiere of Goldbeater’s Skin, based on a poem by G.C. Waldrep.

The series closes in April with an 80th birthday tribute to iconic composer Frederic Rzewski. The Del Sol Quartet makes their Miller debut with a program featuring the New York premiere of Rzewski’s only string quartet, composed more than 60 years ago, and paired with the world premiere of a new work written for Del Sol.

November 16, 2017 ( Marcos Balter), Miller Theater, New York, USA
February 1, 2018 (Raphaël Cendo), Miller Theater, New York, USA
March 1, 2018 (Ann Cleare), Miller Theater, New York, USA
March 29, 2018 (Christopher Cerrone), Miller Theater, New York, USA
April 19, 2018 (Frederic Rzewski), Miller Theater, New York, USA

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