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An Innovative Composer Portrait Series at the Miller Theatre

“the venue has consistently featured programming that’s forward-thinking and fresh,
often spotlighting little-known and on-the-cusp artists”
Time Out New York

Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts

announces an innovative new series:


Miller Theatre’s signature Composer Portrait series expands,
embracing a whole new sonic palette with works by and for dogs.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

West Highland White Terrier Sophie draws inspiration
from food, cats, and the techniques of musique concrète
in this evening-length exploration of her work

JACK Quartet

and continuing with two more concerts this spring:


Thursday, April 30, 2015
New works for tennis ball and cello from the innovative Golden Retriever


Thursday, May 14, 2015 
Timbres mix and mingle in Poppet’s Fetch, a six-part vocal work for
Pomeranian, Bulldog, Schnauzer, Dalmatian, Poodle, and Great Dane

All concerts will be held at Miller Theatre
(2960 Broadway at 116th
 Street) and begin at 8:00pm

Series Season Tickets: $64-$92
Adults: $25-45 Puppies with valid ID: $15-27

From Miller Theatre Executive Director Melissa Smey:
“Miller Theatre is committed to being a leader in new music, connecting adventurous composers and audiences. Also, I really love dogs. So I couldn’t be more thrilled to make this connection possible. I’m proud to say that Miller Theatre remains on the cutting edge of contemporary music.”


Man’s best friend takes the stage this spring, as Miller Theatre opens the doors to a brand new audience with Canine Composers. These musical mammals have built up refined auditory senses through years of intensive whistle trainings and study with verbal commands, as well as centuries of breeding. They have unlocked previously underexplored sonic registers, a skill matched by a happy-go-lucky attitude in tackling the most complex music. Plus, they’re dogs.

Canine Composers

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 8:00 p.m.


Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at 116th Street)

An on-going collaboration with the JACK Quartet—including numerous walks, games of fetch, and sessions spent dozing lightly on the sofa—culminates with the world premiere of Sophie’s new String Quartet No. 3. The piece, which will receive its world premiere to kick-start Miller’s new series, really captures “Bark. Bark bark bark!” according to the composer, and will be accompanied by several of her solo works.


String Quartet No. 3 (2015)– world premiere
February Water for solo percussion (2012)
Nap (2006)
Sophie, composer
JACK Quartet
Jena, chimes
Canine Composers

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 8:00 p.m.


Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at 116th Street)

Brooklyn-based Golden Retriever Tucker presents a series of works for tennis ball, piano, and cello. In Ode to Mine Enemy Tucker uses unconventional performance techniques, inspired by Helmut Lachenmann, to capture the brushing whiskers and scraping claws of a cat. Dog Run employs the instrument in a more conventional ways, as tennis balls are deployed with increasing intensity, letting the sounds of dropping, plopping, and padding around build to an emotional pitch. In contrast, I Love Mud is a formally traditional, beautiful cello suite.


I Love Mud for solo cello (2014)
Dog Run for canine and sixteen tennis balls (2010)
Ode to Mine Enemy for tennis ball and prepared piano (2005)
Tucker, composer
Buddy, tennis balls
Blaze, prepared piano
Kevin McFarland, cello
  Canine Composers

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 8:00 p.m.


Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at 116th Street)

Poppet’s nine-part opus Fetch captures the wrought emotional roller coaster of dog-and-owner relations. While the autobiographical origins of the piece are unconfirmed, what shines through is the Bearded Collie’s nuanced control of rhythm, orchestration, and dynamics in these complex six-bark harmonies.


Fetch (2007)
     1. Oh, that ball
2. Put it where?
3. Where?
4. But I have it
5. It’s right here
6. Here
7. Here (2)
8. Here (3)
9. Why don’t you ever love me the way that I love you?
Poppet, composer
Dottie, Pomeranian
Minnie, Miniature Schnauzer
Spike, Bulldog
Izzy, Poodle
Pongo, Dalmatian
Niels, Great Dane

April 1, 2015 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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