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Augusta Read Thomas Subject of Miller Theatre's Composer Portrait Series Featuring JACK Quartet and Third Coast Percussion

By Jaime Prisco j.prisco@classicalite.com on Feb 04, 2015 12:51 PM EST

The Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts will continue its 2014-15 Composer Portrait series with prolific composer Augusta Read Thomas. The show will also feature the JACK Quartet and Third Coast Percussion.

This is not the first time Read Thomas will be the subject of a Miller portrait. She wowed audiences and critics at her first show a decade ago and returns to present a program, including Resounding Earth, a percussion tour-de-force that brings together bells from around the world. Another highlight is the world premiere of an octet composed especially for the occasion.

Miller Theatre’s Composer Portraits allows audiences to become immersed in one composer’s singular style as well as hear from them in person during an onstage discussion. The New York Times has called the series an “invaluable marquee series of deep dives, a single living composer at a time.”

The 2014-15 season includes world premieres and performances from cutting-edge artists such as the JACK Quartet, ICE, Third Coast Percussion, the Brentano String Quartet and countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo.

Read Thomas was born in Glen Cove, New York, and was the Mead Composer-in-Residence for Pierre Boulez and Daniel Barenboim at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1997 through 2006. In 2007, her Astral Canticle was one of the two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Music. The Colors of Love CD by Chanticleer, which features two of Thomas’s compositions, won a Grammy Award.

The performance will be at the Miller Theatre at Columbia University March 5 at 8 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.

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