Morningside Lights



morningside lights

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Miller Theatre at Columbia University is the leading presenter of new music in New York City and one of the most vital forces nationwide for innovative programming. In partnership with Columbia University School of the Arts, Miller is dedicated to producing and presenting unique events, with a focus on contemporary and early music, jazz, opera, dance, and multimedia performances. Over the past 25 years, Miller Theatre has helped launch the careers of myriad composers and ensembles, serving as an incubator for emerging artists and a champion of those not yet well known in the United States. A three-time recipient of the ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming, Miller has built a reputation for attracting new and diverse audiences to programs highlighting underrepresented corners of the classical music repertoire.


In June 2011, Miller Theatre produced its first free outdoor performance in Morningside Park, presenting John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit performed by 99 percussionists scattered throughout the park. September 2012 marked the first Morningside Lights procession, which Time Out New York described as “eerily beautiful.” Other community programs include an ongoing series of free early-evening Pop-Up Concerts, which The New York Times called “a wonderfully informal way to experience bracing contemporary music.”