Melissa Smey: Portrait of a Curator in Evolution

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Melissa Smey, executive director of Columbia University's Miller Theatre since 2009, reflects on the 20-year history and evolution of the institution's popular, trend-setting Composer Portraits series.

Playlist (Peals of fragile thunder).

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This week's tally of memorable things National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears includes selections featuring Kate Carr, Claire Rousay, the Grateful Dead, and Mariss Jansons.