The Miller Theatre in New York City has announced details of its 2009-10 season, which opens on September 8 with a weeklong collaboration between Miller and Ronen Givony’s Wordless Music series. The festival will present indie-rock and electronic-music performers along with classical- and contemporary musicians. On September 23 the theater will present the world premiere of The Blue Rider in Performance, a multimedia event produced in connection with the Guggenheim Museum’s Kandinsky retrospective. The work, with concept and direction by pianist Sarah Rothenberg, will explore Kandinsky’s 1912 Blue Rider Almanac, incorporating music of Alban Berg, Thomas de Hartmann, Arthur Lourié, Arnold Schoenberg, Alexander Scriabin, and Anton Webern. Performers in addition to Rothenberg on piano include the Brentano String Quartet; mezzo-soprano Susan Narucki; and dancers from Armitage Gone! Dance, with guest choreographer Karole Armitage. Elsewhere during the season, the theater’s ongoing “Composer Portraits” series will spotlight Iannis Xenakis, Galina Ustvolskaya, Ralph Shapey, Kaija Saariaho, Lou Reed, Benet Casablancas, Sebastian Currier, and Helmut Lachenmann. In March 2010, the theater will be the site for a marathon concert honoring composer Pauline Oliveros, who received Columbia University’s William Schuman Award in May 2009. Repertoire for the Oliveros concert will be announced at a later date. As in past seasons, Miller will also present a variety of Baroque and other early-music concerts.

Posted July 7, 2009