Charles Ives Concert Series

Paul Frucht, Artistic Director

Jonathan Cziner, Associate Artistic Director

The primary purpose of the Ives Series is to bring American music to a community that is home to one of America’s most famous composers. The Ives Series regularly features dynamic and unique emerging artists performing Charles Ives, the music of 20th and 21st-century American composers, and music that transcends the traditional boundaries of classical music to incorporate other styles of music.

 

   We thank Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury and 1 Kennedy Flats for their generous support of the Charles Ives Concert Series.

Read about our 2018 Artists here 

 Spring 2018 Calendar

 

March 4th at 4:00 pm: Composers and Their Worlds

Featuring Ariana Nelson, Mika Sasaki, Chelsea Starbuck Smith

Join us at Congregation Shir Shalom for our first 2018 concert, featuring an afternoon of chamber music performed by Ives Series staples, Ariana Nelson, Chelsea Starbuck Smith, and Mika Sasaki. The trio will perform works by Bernstein, Ives, Mendelssohn, and Jon Cziner, the series’ new associate artistic director. The program features works that define and shed light on the worlds the composers inhabited.

Location: Shir Shalom Congregation 46 Peaceable Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877

Free Admission thanks to the generous sponsorship of Connecticut Family Orthopedics

Donations gratefully accepted at the door


April 7th at 7:00: The Ives Legacy: Today’s American Composers

 

 

 

Featuring:
Emi Ferguson, flute
Molly Goldman, viola
Avi Nagin, violin
Mika Sasaki, piano
Caeli Smith, viola
Julian Schwarz, cello

Marian Anderson Recital Hall hosts its first Ives Series concert of 2018 with a celebration of Charles Ives’s legacy, works written by today’s American composers. Ives Series artists Isabel Hagen, Mika Sasaki, Julian Schwarz, Caeli Smith, and Chelsea Starbuck Smith return to Danbury and flutist Christina Hughes makes her Ives Series debut. They’ll perform works by Stefan Cwik, Carlos Simon, 2018 composer-in-residence Nina Young, 2017 composer-in-residence Justin Dello Joio, 2016 composer-in-residence Robert Beaser, and a new premiere by the Ives Series artistic director, Paul Frucht.

Location: Marian Anderson Recital Hall at the Danbury Music Centre, 256 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810

$25 tickets online and at the door, please inquire about DMC member discounts





April 28th at 7:00 pm: Art Song in America

 

Featuring Kara and Peter Dugan

 Mezzo-soprano Kara Dugan and pianist Peter Dugan come to Danbury for the first-ever concert of vocal music on the Ives Series. She’ll sing an array of works that are emblematic of American art song, including works by Ives, family member Leonardo Dugan, and Ives Series artistic director, Paul Frucht, among other works that cross genres into American jazz and musical theatre.

Location: Marian Anderson Recital Hall at the Danbury Music Centre

$25 tickets online and at the door, please inquire about DMC member discounts





June 3rd at 12:00 pm : Solo Spotlight

 Featuring Mika Sasaki, Piano

The Ives series returns to Congregation Shir Shalom for its final spring concert, featuring Ives Series Artist-Faculty, Mika Sasaki. Having toured through venues including the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, Steinway Hall, Alice Tully Hall, 92nd Street Y, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Palazzo Chigi Saracini (Italy), Minatomirai Hall (Japan), Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Japan), Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, Mika comes to Ridgefield for a noon solo recital to showcase her recent projects.

Location: Shir Shalom Congregation 46 Peaceable Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877

Free Admission thanks to the generous sponsorship  of Connecticut Family  

Donations gratefully accepted at the door

 

 

Please check back this Spring for August 2018 Ives Series concerts!

 

For tickets and other concert information, call the Danbury Music Centre at (203) 748-1716 or e-mail us at CMI@danburymusiccentre.org

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