A cornerstone of Miller’s programming, these evening-length musical profiles explore the work of a single composer in depth, offering contemporary composers and performers a space to explore, experiment, and make significant contributions to the field.
Dedicated to the adventurous artists and audiences at the forefront of new music, Composer Portraits champion the work of today’s most inspiring composers, and this season is no exception.
For more than a decade, Miller’s flagship series has exposed audiences to the boundary-breaking music of today. This season, we offer an in-depth look at six composers—hailing from Brazil, China, France, Ireland, Massachusetts, and Brooklyn—in these evening-length immersions, including the chance to hear directly from the composers during onstage discussions.
Though American composer Frederic Rzewski is best known for his powerfully moving scores responding to social and political uprisings around the world, one of his earliest pieces was of a more familiar variety—a string quartet, composed when he was just 17 years old. Now approaching 80, Rzewski is still composing. For his second appearance on the Composer Portraits series, Miller highlights this very early work, followed by the world premiere of Rzewski’s latest string quartet, co-commissioned for the occasion.
- New Work for string quartet (2018) world premiere, Miller Theatre and Del Sol Performing Arts co-commission
- String Quartet (1955)