Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts Announces New Digital Initiatives for 2020-21 Season

Upcoming programs include MISSION: COMMISSION, a new six-episode podcast, MORNINGSIDE LIGHTS, a video celebration of community art-making and more.

Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts  Announces New Digital Initiatives for 2020-21 Season

Miller Theatre’s celebrated, fun and free Pop-Up Concerts resume, with a change of venue. Filmed live in the awe-inspiring Lantern (the top floor venue in the Lenfest Center for the Arts, with sweeping views of Manhattan), Miller invites the public to take a virtual front-row seat for exciting performances by world-class musicians. Miller brings Columbia to audiences around the world through these unique digital concert experiences showing the breadth of Miller’s programming, from Bach to jazz to living composers, while highlighting the iconic beauty of the campus of Columbia University.

In previous Pop-Up Concerts, audiences sat on on the Miller stage and enjoyed a free drink during hour-long weeknight concerts, mingling with the musicians and fellow concertgoers after the show. While this season’s iteration features a change in setting, it offers the same up-close opportunity to experience music-virtually.

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Video premiere
Tuesday, November 17, 7pm

Mariel Roberts, cello

“Listeners should come running,” declares WQXR regarding the work of gifted cellist Mariel Roberts. For this solo recital, she performs a diverse and thrilling program, including one of her own compositions and excerpts from the beloved sixth Cello Suite by J.S. Bach.

Video premiere
Tuesday, December 15 at 7pm
Simone Dinnerstein, piano

Simone Dinnerstein’s “majestic originality of vision” (The Independent) has made her one of today’s most sought-after pianists. The frequent Miller collaborator performs a solo recital highlighting her thoughtful interpretation and signature expressive elegance.

Video premiere
Tuesday, January 19 at 7pm
Brandee Younger, harp & Dezron Douglas, double bass

The duo of harp and bass may be an uncommon combination, but this particular duo makes one wish it was a regular occurrence. Genre-defying harpist Brandee Younger and the in-demand bassist Dezron Douglas join together for an incredible evening of inspired jazz works.

Video premiere
Tuesday, February 16 at 7pm
JACK Quartet

The very first public performance by the acclaimed JACK Quartet featured Helmut Lachenmann’s string quartet Grido, and it’s been a constant for them ever since. The mastering of this technically demanding piece shows their incredible talent, but their expressive interpretation reveals their brilliance as an ensemble. Hear them perform this work, alongside two other solo pieces by Lachenmann which explore nontraditional techniques and sounds.


Mariel Roberts

American cellist Mariel Roberts is widely recognized not just for her virtuosic performances, but as a “fearless explorer” in her field (Chicago Reader). Her appetite for collaboration and experimentation as an interpreter, improvisor, and composer have helped create a body of work that bridges avant-garde, contemporary, classical, improvised, and traditional music. Roberts is widely recognized for her “technical and interpretive mastery” (I care if you listen) and for performances which seethe with “excruciating intensity” (The Whole Note).

Roberts has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician across four continents, most notably as a member and co-director of the