Miller Theatre opens luminous 25th season

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A parade of glowing lanterns in the likeness of deep-sea creatures capped off a weeklong series of free art workshops that Columbia’s Miller Theatre hosted in September to celebrate the start of the concert season, its twenty-fifth. Members of the public carried their lanterns from Morningside Park to the theater as other participants played music on handmade instruments under the direction of composer Nathan Davis. “The idea is to bring the community into the campus and the campus into the community,” says Miller’s executive director, Melissa Smey.

The Miller Theatre celebrated the start of its concert season with the “Morningside Lights” parade September 21. / Photograph by Anna Chana Demidova

Highlights of Miller’s 2013–14 season include an evening of 125 short compositions inspired by John Cage on October 17; a concert of early music by New York Polyphony on December 14; a series of free “Pop-Up Concerts” in which audience members are invited to sit onstage; and the theater’s signature Composer Portraits series, featuring the work of Georg Friedrich Haas, Rand Steiger, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Roger Reynolds, Unsuk Chin, Jean-Baptiste Barrière, and Liza Lim.

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