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 Summer 2019 Artists here

For tickets or other information, e-mail us at 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.

August 2019 Calendar

Sunday, August 4th at 4:00 pm – Greatest Hits! 

Featuring Our Summer 2019 Artist-Faculty and the Winner of the CMI Piano Competition

We kick off our 5th August with a program of some of our artist-faculty’s favorite music – their greatest hits! The afternoon will feature music of composers both new and old, including Caroline Shaw, Thomas Ades, Tchaikovsky, two works by Ravel, and our very own violinist artist-faculty, George Meyer and associate artistic director, Jon Cziner. The concert will also feature the winner of the CMI Piano Competition.

Location: A Private Home in Ridgefield, CT, RSVP required. Click here to RSVP and to receive the details. Join us at 3 PM for refreshments!

The concert is free and no tickets are required.

Wednesday, August 7th at 7:00 pm – Electric Youth V

Featuring Our Summer 2019 Artist-Faculty, Guest Artists Charles Yang and Peter Dugan, and CMI 2019 Participants

Returning to the CityCenter Green in Danbury for the fourth consecutive year, the Ives Series welcomes back Charles Yang and Peter Dugan for the second half of this concert. The first half will feature a collaboration between CMI participants and artist-faculty as well as the winners of the CMI Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition.

Location: Please note: being held at rain location-Broadview Middle School, 79 Hospital Avenue, Danbury, CT

This concert is free. No tickets are required.

Thursday, August 8th at 7:30 PM – Celestial Mechanics

Featuring Our Summer 2019 Artist-Faculty and Guest Artists

Join us for a program inspired by George Crumb’s masterpiece, Celestial Mechanics, a four-hands work which closes the program performed by Mika Sasaki and George Fu. Preceding that work is music written about the heavens, the sky, an ascent, or a similar thematic idea. This includes music by our 2019 composer-in-residence Robert Paterson, 2019 call for scores winner Hannah Lipton, Jared Miller, Augusta Read Thomas, and the two artistic directors, Paul Frucht and Jon Cziner.

Read more about our composer-in-residence program here.

Location: Marian Anderson Recital Hall at the Danbury Music Centre

Tickets: $20 online, $25 at the door, $10 for seniors, students, and children. General Admission. Free for all CMI participants. Online Ticket sales for the event have ended. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Saturday, August 10th at 7:30 PM – Transfiguration


In Collaboration with the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, featuring RSO Music Director Yuga Cohler and Ives Series Artist-Faculty

Unsuk Chin transforms the idea of an etude, Carlos Simon translates a quote from Oprah, 2019 composer-in-residence Robert Paterson uses real-world sounds through electronics, Gabriella Smith reconstructs Bach, David T. Little renews the energy of Ives, Takashi Yoshimatsu invokes birds, and Ives Series artistic director Paul Frucht deals with memory and self-reference. Each work on our final August concert features works that transform sound or music in unique and fascinating ways. Join us and RSO Music Director at the Ridgefield Playhouse for our season finale!

Location: The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Ridgefield, CT 06877

Tickets:  $20 online, $25 at the door, $10 for seniors, students, and children. General Admission. Free for all CMI participants.

Online ticket sales for this event have ended. Tickets will be available at the door. We look forward to seeing you at the concert!

The Ives Series Artistic Advisory Committee includes:

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

Are you interested in helping the Danbury Music Centre bring these concerts to our community? Consider becoming a concert sponsor!   Sponsors receive a behind-the-scenes look at the concert production and rehearsal processes, invitations to special private events featuring the musicians, and sincere public thank you. 

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