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Get Creative This Fall with the Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre

Dear Columbia Students and Colleagues,

Fall brings many new beginnings, not least for our city’s incredible cultural community, which greets the season with a parade of exciting premieres and openings. Whether you’re returning to campus or are new to the Columbia community, September is a great time to discover the resources available to help you explore music, art, dance, theater, and more—right here on campus and throughout New York.

Columbians are fortunate to have two incredible allies in this endeavor: the Arts Initiative, connecting you with arts throughout the city, and Miller Theatre, producing innovative performances here at Columbia. As the semester begins, I hope you’ll take a moment to familiarize yourself with our ongoing offers, as well as some special upcoming events.

Morningside Lights: Art-Making Workshops and Illuminated Parade
Free open workshops: Sept 22-28, Miller Theatre
Illuminated procession: Sept 29 at 8 p.m., Morningside Park

Join us as we light up the neighborhood with a parade of incredible lanterns and moving sculptures—designed and created by you! The artists of Processional Arts Workshop will be in residency to guide open workshops on campus, and at the end of the week we’ll mount an incredible illuminated parade through Morningside Park and the Columbia campus. Opportunities abound for creative Columbians to participate: design an object inspired by our theme, “The Imagined City”; play an instrument in a new world-premiere score by Nathan Davis; carry a lantern in the procession; or just sit back and enjoy the spectacle. A co-production of the Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre, this incredible undertaking brings together a number of campus and community partners, including the Friends of Morningside Park, WKCR, and the Office of Government & Community Affairs. Learn more and get involved!

Related event: Artist Conversation with Processional Arts Workshop
Fri, Sept 21, 2 p.m., Miller Theatre

Hear more from the artists behind Morningside Lights. See samples of Processional Arts Workshop’s past projects, including their annual contributions to the Village Halloween Parade, and ask questions about their newest project, Morningside Lights, in a discussion moderated by Marcia Sells, Associate Dean of Community Outreach for the School of the Arts and Associate Vice President, Office of Government and Community Affairs.

This Week: Take a Musical Journey to 17th-Century Venice
Wed, Sept 12 & Fri, Sept 14 at 8pm, Miller Theatre
Join us this week for Venezia, an immersive, theatrical concert presentation by French early-music specialists Le Poème Harmonique. Venezia combines historical instruments, expressive gestures and vocal ornaments, and candlelight to re-create the experience of attending a concert in 17th-century Venice. Availability is limited, so be sure to get your tickets soon if you plan to join us. Learn more.

Discounts For Columbians
Located just north of College Walk at Broadway and 116th Street, Miller Theatre presents jazz and contemporary music as well as historical works by Bach and Renaissance composers. Our CU discount is available at every concert; students get $7 tickets and faculty and staff receive 40% off. Upcoming concerts include a Composer Portrait of the revolutionary artist John Cage on September 20 and a performance by Grammy-winning bassist Christian McBride with his jazz quintet Inside Straight on October 6.

The Arts Initiative’s flagship ticket booth, the Ticket & Information Center (TIC), brokers special discounts to Broadway shows, ballet performances, film screenings, operas, jazz shows, and more for students, faculty, and staff. Right now, you can get incredible deals on tickets to see the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of L’Elisir D’Amore; City Center’s annual Fall for Dance festival; or the hit Broadway musical Bring It On.

Sign up to receive Miller Theatre’s monthly updates and the Arts Initiative’s weekly newsletter to stay informed about what we have coming up. We hope to see you often this semester.

Melissa Smey


Melissa Smey
Executive Director
Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre at Columbia University

Miller Theatre Box Office: 212.854.7799


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