Miller Theater Focuses on New, Old and Young Next Season

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Lucy Dhegrae, left, Alice Teyssier, in a Composer Portraits concert in February.Credit Richard Termine for The New York Times

The Miller Theater at Columbia University will continue its focus on the very new, the very old and the very young next season, it announced on Wednesday. The Miller will feature work by composers from around the world in its signature Composer Portraits series, present leading early-music groups and expand its programming for families.

The season will open on Sept. 15 with the music of Steve Reich, who turns 80 this fall. Ensemble Signal will play two Reich works, his “You Are Variations” and “Daniel Variations,” a tribute to Daniel Pearl, the journalist who was killed in Pakistan in 2002.

The theater, led by Melissa Smey, its executive director, will offer seven concerts in its Composer Portraits series, featuring John Zorn, Lei Liang, Zosha Di Castri, Beat Furrer, Misato Mochizuki, Johannes Maria Staud and Klas Torstensson. Early-music programs will feature the Tallis Scholars, Stile Antico, Orlando Consort and New York Polyphony. Tim Munro, the former flutist of the group Eighth Blackbird, will make his New York recital debut in November on a program with Kate Soper, the vocalist and composer.

And the theater will bring back its staging of Saint-Saëns’s “Carnival of the Animals” for families in December, and will add a new family show in May: “The Bremen Town Band,” a retelling of the Grimm fairy tale with an original score by Courtney Bryan. The full schedule can be found at millertheatre.com.

Correction: May 11, 2016
An earlier version of this post referred incorrectly to a musician who will make his New York recital debut in November. The musician, Tim Munro, is the former flutist of Eighth Blackbird, not its current flutist. Nathalie Joachim stepped into the role for the 2015-16 season.

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