Of all the things possibly happening in the near future, this is the one I am most excited about. This is a new opera by relatively young composer Missy Mazzoli (born 1980). The libretto is based on a short story by Karen Russell, about American settlers trying to establish a homestead in the state of Nebraska. (Here is a blog review of the story itself.) Bad things happen - so much so that one reviewer suggested that this is a "horror opera."
Missy Mazzoli writes in a style that is influenced by the Minimalist movement (first introduced by composers such as Terry Riley, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich). It's a style that focuses on being very simple and easy to understand. Mazzoli's generation tends to be a little less extreme in their minimalism, relaxing a bit and adding a little more information back into the music. In class these days I use this piece as a representative of the "Post-Minimal" style.
It should be a pretty hot ticket when the Fall concert season begins! When I get info on the student ticket price I'll post it here.
Miller Theatre is a small concert hall at Columbia University, which specializes in "new music" (i.e. music composed by living composers.)
Full price for tickets tend to be $20-$40, but students (as well as anybody under 25) get 40% off, making it $12-$24. The place is small, so cheap seats in the balcony still feel pretty close to the stage.
You can buy tickets on their website and they have a full-time box office at the theater as well. Call 212-854-7799 for box office hours etc.
Concerts here have a casual neighborhood / campus vibe. No need to dress up or anything.
OK, so here's the deal: My wife Melissa Smey is the executive director for Miller Theater. As a result, this calendar has a definite bias towards Miller events and you could even argue that we benefit a tiny, tiny amount if you go to one of these shows. But I do think it's a nice, low-pressure place for young people to hear interesting things and I'm only going to plug shows that I think Baruch students might want to go to.