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Music and Cocktails at The Miller Theater—Now That’s a Happy Hour!

ZEALnyc, May 12, 2017

Looking for a way to relax after a hard day at the office? Or maybe a way to hear a little music? Or maybe a place to have a drink? How about combining all these needs into ‘one-stop shopping’?  The Miller Theater at Columbia University is continuing their successful series Pop Up Concerts this spring with a series of cocktail-time concerts from now through mid-June. The audience is seated on the stage of the theater, so the close proximity to the performers provides an intimate and informal atmosphere to the experience.

Each of the concerts begin at 6:00pm (doors opening a half-hour earlier), and all concerts are free (first come-first seated policy) and feature free libations (first come-first served) as well. Bring a friend or have a really economical date—sounds like a win-win to us!

The remaining scheduled performances are listed below; for more information click here.

Monday, May 15 at 6:00pm
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway at 116th Street

Michael Riesman and Ensemble Signal Celebrate Philip Glass

For more than 40 years, Michael Riesman has been celebrated as one of the great interpreters and performers of Philip Glass’s music, performing his works in concert and on screen. Glass himself has acknowledged Riesman as “a genius.” Joined by Doug Perkins and Lauren Radnofsky of Ensemble Signal, Riesman takes to the Miller stage for a program surveying Glass’s legendary opera and film music, which has enthralled audiences for decades.

Friday, May 19 at 7:30pm
NOTE DIFFERENT VENUE: Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, 869 Lexington Avenue (at East 65th Street)

Illuminating Bach and Luther’s German Roots
New York Polyphony; Rahel Maria Rilling, violin; Silvius von Kessel, organ

The lives of Johann Sebastian Bach and Martin Luther are more intertwined than many realize. New York Polyphony illuminates the connections between the timeless composer and the legendary theologian, who both called the German region of Thuringia home. This special Pop-Up Concert takes place in the beautiful Church of St. Vincent Ferrer on the Upper East Side, providing an apt setting for this glorious music.

Co-presented with the Thuringia Bach Festival, Silvius von Kessel, Artistic Director

Tuesday, June 6 at 6:00pm
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway at 116th Street

ICE: Animal Behaviors
International Contemporary Ensemble; Jacob Greenberg, piano
Nuiko Wadden, harp; Ryan Muncy, saxophone; Dan Lippel, guitar

Musical instruments have always had distinct personalities, displaying ferocity, tenderness, and everything in between. This Pop-Up Concert features members of the ensemble investigating the animal behavior of instruments. Duos will explore how instruments camouflage each other’s sound, while the natural and unnatural tendencies of harp, saxophone, and Indian harmonium are studied in solo works. The intimate setting of this Miller Theatre concert is perfect for budding musical zoologists.

Tuesday, June 13 at 6:00pm
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway at 116th Street

Mivos Quartet
Olivia de Prato, violin; Lauren Cauley, violin
Victor Lowrie, viola; Mariel Roberts, cello

With this diverse program of complex works, the Mivos Quartet lives up to its reputation as “a fearless, precise, and forward-looking new music group” (Chicago Reader). Miller welcomes back the boundary-pushing ensemble to close the 2016-17 season, with a concert featuring music by three diverse compositional voices, highlighted by the U.S. premiere of a new quartet by George Lewis.

Editor’s Note: This article contains previously published content.

Cover: JACK Quartet at a Pop Up concert; photo: Karli Cadel.


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