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Miller Theatre Announces Four New Pop-Up Concerts, 2/6-5/6

Signal Ensemble. Photo by Diana Wong.

Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts continues the 2013-14 season with four exciting POP-UP CONCERTS. Details below!

Thursday, February 6, 2014
Ensemble Signal

Tuesday, March 4
Ekmeles - Miller Theatre debut

Tuesday, April 1
Tony Arnold and Jacob Greenberg

Tuesday, May 6
Juilliard415 - Miller Theatre debut

Free admission. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., music at 6 p.m. at Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at 116th Street).

From Miller Theatre Executive Director Melissa Smey: "This February will mark the two-year anniversary of Pop-Up Concerts at Miller Theatre, and it's wonderful to see how beloved the series has become in such a short period of time. Pop-Up Concerts are a vital part of Miller's programming, allowing us to share music that our audience wouldn't normally experience, in a uniquely accessible setting. I'm especially excited to feature two more Miller debuts on the series this spring: the adventurous vocal group Ekemeles and the fantastic period-instrument ensemble Juilliard415."


Bring a friend, grab a drink, and join some of today's most interesting performers onstage at Miller Theatre on select Tuesday evenings. Launched in February 2012, Miller's popular Pop-Up Concerts resumes its third season this spring, continuing to provide free, informal performances in the early evening. The unique format allows the theater to test out new ideas and introduce new performers before they hit the Miller mainstage. Free libations contribute to the laid-back ambiance. All concerts start at 6 p.m. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, and doors open at 5:30 p.m. February 11, 2014

Ensemble Signal

Doug Perkins, percussion
Lauren Radnofsky, cello
Adrian Sandi, bass clarinet

Continuing the theme from their September Pop-Up appearance, Ensemble Signal returns with another program of solo works. This concert features two pieces by one of the Ensemble's favorite composers, Hilda Paredes, including the U.S. premiere of her Intermezzo malinconico for bass clarinet, alongside two works by David Lang for solo percussion, both of which were originally commissioned by another Miller Theatre featured artist, Steven Schick. This unique pairing gives audiences a chance to experience a range of experiments in the solo form, and compare how these master composers and musicians have navigated the idiosyncrasies of their chosen instruments.


Hilda Paredes: Zuhuy Kak for Cello (1997) U.S. premiere
David Lang: Unchained Melody for Percussion (2004)
Hilda Paredes: Intermezzo malinconico for Bass Clarinet (2012) U.S. premiere
David Lang: Scraping Song for Percussion (1997, rev. 2001)
March 4, 2014


Miller Theatre debut
Mary MacKenzie, soprano, Rachel Calloway, mezzo soprano
Patrick Fennig, countertenor, Eric Dudley, tenor
Jeffrey Gavett, baritone & director, Steven Hrycelak, bass

In their Miller Theatre debut, the New York-based vocal ensemble Ekmeles brings a program of contemporary a cappella works to the stage, with a variety of permutations from solos and duets to full-ensemble sextets. Featuring an all-star cast of singers, Ekmeles (which takes its name from the Ancient Greek word describing complex musical tonalities "not appropriate for musical usage") promises to push the boundaries of vocal performance and unleash a torrent of new and exciting sound in the process.


Peter Ablinger: Studien nach der Natur (1995, 2002)
Kaija Saariaho: From the Grammar of Dreams (1988)
Salvatore Sciarrino: L'alibi della Parola (1994)
EVan Johnson: a general interrupter to ongoing activity (2011)
Thanasis Deligiannis: Ignored Manuals (2013)
April 1, 2014

Tony Arnold and Jacob Greenberg

Tony Arnold, soprano
Jacob Greenberg, piano

Harawi, a cycle of a dozen songs, is the first part of Olivier Messiaen's "Tristan Triology," a series in which he explores the themes of love and death, particularly in relation to the myth of Tristan and Isolde. Following the release of their 2013 recording of Hawari that has been heralded as "one of the best new interpretations of Messiaen in years" (WQXR), the acclaimed duo of Tony Arnold and Jacob Greenberg take to the stage to present their take on this notoriously complex modernist masterpiece.


Olivier Messiaen: Harawi: Songs of Love and Death (1945)
May 6, 2014


Miller Theatre debut
Chloe Fedor, violin
Ignacio Prego, harpsichord
Jeremy Rhizor, violin
Arnie Tanimoto, viola da gamba

As the Juilliard School's top period-instrument ensemble, Juilliard415 is comprised of some of the world's most talented students of 17th and 18th century music, who perform both rare and canonical Baroque works. Touring has always been a part Juilliard415's performance model, and the ensemble now adds Miller Theatre to the long list of venues it has visited in recent years. They make their debut with an intimate and expressive chamber music piece, Deuxième Récréation de Musique, from Jean-Marie Leclair - who deeply influenced the development of the French school of violin - as well as trio sonatas by Handel and another work of Leclair.


Jean-Marie Leclair: Deuxième Récréation de Musique (1737)
Ouverture (Gravement - Legerement - Lentement)
Sarabande - Menuets I & II-Badinage
Chaconne-Tambourins I & II
Plus additional works by Handel and Leclair, to be announced. Columbia University's Miller Theatre is located north of the Main Campus Gate
at 116th St. & Broadway on the ground floor of Dodge Hall.

Directions and information is available online at or via the Miller Theatre Box Office, at 212.854.7799.


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