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.

The Charles Ives Concert Series is a grant recipient of the Juilliard Project Grant and we also thank Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury, Maron Hotel and Suites and Connecticut Family Orthopedics and Orthoprompt for their generous support.

Read about our 2018-19 Artists here

For tickets or other information, e-mail us at CMI@danburymusiccentre.org or call us at (203) 748-1716.

“If you love good music, I suggest that you mark your calendar…” – K.T. McEneaney, The Millbrook Independent, on the Charles Ives Concert Series August 2018.

2018-19 Calendar

October 21st at 3:00 pm – An Ives Day Celebration: Beach, Beethoven, Brahms, and Ives

Featuring Violinist Chelsea Starbuck Smith, Cellist Mitch Lyon, and Pianist Mika Sasaki

Join us for the first-ever Ives Series celebration of Charles Ives Day, an annual local celebration of Ives’s birthday. This year – his 144th – is the first year the Ives Series has celebrated this day, which is of great importance to the Series, the DMC, our community, and to classical music. While most Ives Series concerts reflect Ives’s legacy, the American music that came as a result of his innovation, this concert flips the narrative and contextualizes Ives with those that influenced him. He cites Brahms and Beethoven, the latter of whom he quoted, as two of his greatest influences while Amy Beach was a pioneering American woman whose music is iconic the important, but often forgotten generation American of American composers the preceded Ives. The program features selections from Beethoven’s Bagetelles for solo piano, Beach’s Romance for violin and piano, the famous Brahms C Minor Piano Trio, Ives’s Largo, arranged for piano trio, and a selection from his groundbreaking piano trio.
Read more about Chelsea, Mitch, and Mika here.

Location: Marian Anderson Recital Hall at the Danbury Music Centre

$20 tickets general admission, $10 for students with ID online below and at the door:



General Admission




March 9th at 7:30 pm – American Violin Sonatas

Featuring violinist Rachel Lee Priday and pianist Conor Hanick

Acclaimed violinist Rachel Lee Priday and pianist Conor Hanick make their Ives Series debuts presenting an evening of sonatas and other works for violin and piano written by American composers in the 20th and 21st centuries. Ives’s 4th violin sonata, widely regarded as one of the greatest American violin sonatas begins the program followed by works by Aaron Copland, the series artistic director, Paul Frucht, and selections by Florence Price, who was the first female African American symphonic composers.

Read more about Rachel and Conor here.

Location: Marian Anderson Recital Hall at the Danbury Music Centre

($20 online, $25 at the door, $10 for seniors, students, and children)


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Free for participants in the 2019 CMI Weekend Workshop


March 31st at 4:00 pm – Music by Jewish Composers

Featuring violinist Avi Nagin, cellist Julian Schwarz, and pianist Marika Bournaki

The Ives Series welcomes back Avi, Julian, and Marika for an afternoon of music by Jewish composers, including Josef Engel, Joachim Stutchewsky, Alex Weiser, Leo Zeitlin, Alexander Krein, and the series artistic director, Paul Frucht. Julian and Marika return for their third season on the Ives Series while Avi returns for his second. All three are award-winning chamber and solo musicians. Read more about them here.

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

Admission to this concert is free! Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door.

This concert is generously sponsored by Connecticut Family Orthopedics and Orthoprompt.

May 13th at 7:30 pm – The Ives Series in NY: Charles Ives and his Living Legacy

Featuring Ives Series Artist-Faculty

Join us at the Peter Norton Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre for the New York debut of the Charles Ives Concert Series. The evening will feature Ives Series artist-faculty performing a program that celebrates Ives with one of the most important aspects of his legacy: the music of today’s American composers. The second movement of Ives’s famous piano trio sets the stage for works by the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Ives Series composers-in-residence: Justin Dello Joio, Nina C. Young, and Robert Paterson, respectively. Pieces by the series artistic directors, Paul Frucht and Jon Cziner round out the program. Artists performing include pianist Marika Bournaki, violist Molly Goldman, cellist Mitch Lyon, violinist George Meyer, pianist Mika Sasaki, cellist Julian Schwarz, violist Jacob Shack, and violinist Chelsea Starbuck Smith.

Read more about the artists on the program here.

Click here to buy tickets at the Peter Norton Symphony Space website.

($20 online, $25 at the door, $10 for seniors, students, and children)

Location: Peter Norton Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia at 2537 Broadway at 95th St., New York, NY.

We are grateful for the support of a Juilliard School Project Grant to present this concert.


June 2nd at 4:00 pm – Solo Spotlight: Harpist Emily Levin

The Ives Series welcomes back harpist Emily Levin for a solo recital. Ms. Levin is the principal harpist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, a founding member of the Dallas Harp Quartet, and is a touring soloist around the United States. Program TBD. Read more about Emily here.

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

Admission to this concert is free! Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door.

This concert is generously sponsored by Connecticut Family Orthopedics and Orthoprompt.

The Ives Series Artistic Advisory Committee includes:

  • Robert Beaser
  • Christopher Chang
  • Yuga Cohler
  • Justin Dello Joio
  • Larry Deming
  • Bärli Nugent
  • Robert Paterson
  • Cia Toscanini

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