Miller Theatre's 2006-07 Season: Ligeti, Reich, Zorn and Zappa; the Tallis Scholars, OAE and Fretwork; the U.S. Premiere of Lost Highway

Classic Arts News   Miller Theatre's 2006-07 Season: Ligeti, Reich, Zorn and Zappa; the Tallis Scholars, OAE and Fretwork; the U.S. Premiere of Lost Highway
The 2006-07 season at Columbia University's Miller Theatre will include 11 house debuts, six Composer Portraits, four Pocket Concertos, Ligeti's organ music and a modernist opera based on a David Lynch movie.

On September 13, the Miller opens the new season with four new ballets commissioned from choreographers Tom Gold, Edwaard Liang and Brian Reeder.

Steve Reich, celebrating his 70th birthday this fall, will be the focus of one of the Miller's signature Composer Portraits, with an "all-star lineup" and a performance of Music for 18 Musicians by So Percussion. Other Composer Portraits focus on Edgard Var_se, Julius Hemphill, John Zorn, Kimmo Hakola and Frank Zappa.

The Pocket Concertos series continues its project to commission twelve concertos from twelve composers with world premieres of Charles Wuorinen's Violin Concerto, written for Jennifer Koh; Huang Ruo's Cello Concerto, composed for Jian Wang; Anthony Davis's Clarinet Concerto, for J. D. Parran; and Sebastian Currier's Piano Concerto, for Emma Tahmizian.

Jazz at the Miller features the Nicholas Payton Quintet, Marilyn Crispell and Friends, and "Jazz Goes to Church" with the Cyrus Chestnut Trio.

In February, the house will present the U.S. premiere of Lost Highway, a 2003 opera based on the cult film by David Lynch, with music by Austrian modernist Olga Neuwirth and a libretto by 2004 Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek.

That same month, "Miller pulls out all the stops" (that's not our pun, thank you — blame the publicists) for its organ festival, which includes two concerts of seldom-played modern organ repertoire by Xenakis, Babbitt, Wuorinen and Ferneyhough. English organist John Scott will play Ligeti's organ works alongside pieces by Jonathan Harvey.

The theater continues its multi-year "Bach in Context" series with four programs: the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment examines Mozart and his contemporaries as heirs of Bach; Apollo's Fire, the Baroque orchestra of Cleveland, pits Bach vs. Telemann (who turned down the job in Leipzig that ultimately went to Bach); John Holloway explores "Bach for the Lone Violin"; and acclaimed young harpsichordist Kristian Bezuidenhout, in his first major New York recital, looks at "Bach and Sturm und Drang."

Also featured in the Miller Theatre's active early music series will be England's viol ensemble Fretwork in a program called "Jewish Musicians at the Tudor Court." The Tallis Scholars make their two annual New York appearances in December and March, and the Vox Vocal Ensemble — conducted by Miller artistic director George Steel — in a January performance of Tudor-era Lamentations and, to close the season on April 28, a program looking at "Early Music and the 19th Century."

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