Past Event

Columbia University Orchestra at SYMPHONY SPACE

April 14, 2024
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

The Columbia University Orchestra
Columbia University Music Performance Program
Jeffrey Milarsky, Music Director and Senior Lecturer
Anthony Lee, Solo Flutist


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.



Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 7:30pm
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

The Columbia University Orchestra (CUO) is thrilled to welcome audiences back to Symphony Space for their upcoming public performance.

The program will begin with John Adams' Doctor Atomic Symphony. The program continues with Henri Dutilleux's Sonatine for Flute and Orchestra, arranged by Kenneth Hesketh and featuring solo flutist Anthony Lee. After a brief intermission, the orchestra will conclude the program with Béla Bartók's Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin.

This concert, the first in our set of two performances, is open to the public and free of charge. The second performance will take place at Alice Tully Hall on Friday, April 19th. The performances adhere to safety protocols in partnership with both venues.

Our performance at Alice Tully Hall is generously sponsored by a friend of the Columbia University Orchestra.

The Columbia University Orchestra (CUO) was founded by composer Edward MacDowell in 1896 and is the oldest continually operating university orchestra in the United States. The principal mission of the Orchestra is to expose talented student musicians to the highest level of orchestral repertoire. The orchestra is open to musicians from all undergraduate and graduate schools and affiliates of Columbia University in the City of New York and includes students from Barnard College, Columbia College, School of General Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of International and Public Affairs, and Columbia Engineering. CUO operates under the Music Performance Program at Columbia University.

Jeffrey Milarsky is a highly sought-after podium figure in the world of opera as well as orchestral and chamber music. He has been hailed as a pre-eminent interpreter of contemporary music. A creative and adventurous programmer, his passionate advocacy for living composers has made him a frequent musical collaborator with orchestras in America and abroad. A recipient of the Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award at Columbia University in 2022-2023, he has been recognized for excellence as an educator, scholar, and mentor in and outside of the classroom.

In recent seasons, he works regularly with ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, MET Chamber Ensemble, Bergen Philharmonic in Norway, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New World Symphony, and Tanglewood Festival Orchestra. In the U.S. and abroad, he has premiered and recorded works by many groundbreaking contemporary composers in Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and at IRCAM in Paris. Milarsky has a long history of premiering, recording, and performing American composers and throughout his career has collaborated with John Adams, Milton Babbitt, John Cage, Elliott Carter, John Corigliano, George Crumb, Mario Davidovsky, Jacob Druckman, Michael Gordon, David Lang, George Lewis, Steven Mackey, Steve Reich, Christopher Rouse, Ralph Shapey, Morton Subotnick, Charles Wuorinen, and an entire generation of young and developing composers. In 2013, he was awarded the Ditson Conductor’s Award for his commitment to the performance of American Music. In his role as an educator at Columbia University and at The Juilliard School, he has spent over twenty-five years supporting and cultivating young musicians and composers around the globe. He serves as the Music Director of AXIOM and is on the conducting faculty at The Juilliard School. Additionally, he is a Senior Lecturer in Music at Columbia University where he is the Music Director and conductor of the Columbia University Orchestra. A much-in-demand timpanist and percussionist, Milarsky has been the principal timpanist for the Santa Fe Opera since 2005. He has also performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Pittsburgh Symphony. He has recorded extensively for Angel, Bridge, Teldec, Telarc, New World, CRI, MusicMasters, EMI, Koch, and London records.

Anthony Lee, a fourth-year student at Columbia University, is pursuing a biology degree on the premedical track. He began his flute studies at the age of eleven under the tutelage of Sookhyun Shim and has continued his musical endeavors as a member of Columbia’s Music Performance Program, the Columbia University Orchestra, and the Columbia Pops Orchestra. Lee achieved top prizes in prestigious competitions such as the United States Open Music Competition
(USOMC), Chinese Music Teachers Association of Northern California/United States International Music Competition, Classics Alive Young Artists Competition, and the American Protégé International Music Talent Competition. He also showcased his talents as a recitalist with the Fremont Symphony Orchestra. He made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of thirteen as a winner of the American Fine Arts Festival Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition. In addition to his solo achievements, Lee served as principal flutist in the Peninsula Young Artists Orchestra, Peninsula Youth Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, touring internationally and making appearances at renowned venues such as the Berliner Philharmonie, Elbphilharmonie, Musikverein, and MuTH Hall. He participated in orchestra festivals at Dvořák Hall in Prague, Davies Symphony Hall, and Carnegie Hall. Lee also attended masterclasses and summer programs, working with artists including Alexa Still, Donna Shin, Molly Barth, Judith Mendenhall, and Catherine Payne.

Sunday, April 14, at 7:30pm | Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, Symphony Space
Friday, April 19, at 7:30pm | Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Columbia University Orchestra
Jeffrey Milarsky, Music Director and Senior Lecturer
Anthony Lee, Solo Flute

JOHN ADAMS Doctor Atomic Symphony
HENRI DUTILLEUX Sonatine for Flute and Orchestra (arr. Kenneth Hesketh)
BÉLA BARTÓK Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19

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