Music

Over the last 30 years, Miller Theatre has been a leading cultural venue in New York City. Executive director Melissa Smey says this milestone season is full of exciting, adventurous programming.

Carmel Raz in front of a beige and green organ with an ornate flowery design
Carmel Raz, a post-doctoral fellow in Columbia’s Society of Fellows in the Humanities, teaches a seminar to Columbia undergraduates on the relationship between music and certain disorders or conditions of the mind.
black and white yearbook photos of playwrights Rodgers and Hammerstein when at Columbia University
Rodgers and Hammerstein's historic partnership began at Columbia and ended with a run of classic shows, including "Carousel," "The King and I," and "The Sound of Music."
EEG experiment led by Andrew Goldman

Skilled improvisers were better than musicians with limited improvisational experience at distinguishing between chords that can be used interchangeably in a piece of music and those that cannot, says a new study led by Andrew Goldman, a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University (pictured). 

Skilled improvisers were better than musicians with limited improvisational experience at distinguishing between chords that can be used interchangeably in a piece of music and those that cannot, a new study by Columbia researchers finds. The results suggest that musical improvisation, like so many other skills, improves with practice as the brain learns to categorize musical structures in a new way.
Brad Garton by an electric keyboard and digital board

Photo by Barbara Alper

Founded in 1958, and originally known as the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, it is the oldest center for electro-acoustic music in the United States.
A scene from the movie The Wizard of Oz

Image Courtesy of Metro Goldwyn Mayer

The song "Over the Rainbow" almost didn't make into the final movie version of 'The Wizard of Oz.' Walter Frisch, a professor of music, traces the history of the classic song in his latest book "Arlen and Harburg’s Over the Rainbow."
Lydia Dahling
Lydia Dahling helps with the day-to-day management of the Office of the Provost, the chief academic officer of the University.
The four winners of the MacArthur Genius Grant 2017.
Urban Design Program Director Kate Orff and Architecture Adjunct Damon Rich won 2017 MacArthur Foundation "genius" grants. Musician Tyshawn Sorey and Computer Scientist Regina Barzilay, both Columbia alumni, were also named MacArthur Fellows.
Tyshawn Sorey

Tyshawn Sorey is a musician of many talents: improvisation, 20th-century avant-garde and classical music, rhythm and blues, metal, funk and hip hop, among other genres.

David Hajdu

Any discussion of pop music hits has to include Yesterday, the Paul McCartney song that rocketed to the top of the charts when the Beatles released it in 1965.

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