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Ives Concert Series: An Ives Day Celebration

October 21, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

To celebrate Ives’s 144th birthday, the Charles Ives Concert Series will present a program of Ives’s music and his influences: Brahms, Beethoven, and a pioneering American woman, Amy Beach, whose music is iconic the important, but often forgotten generation American of American composers the preceded Ives. The program will feature selection from Beethoven’s Bagatelles for solo piano, Amy Beach’s Romance for violin and piano, Brahms’s C Minor Piano Trio alongside Ives’s Largo and a selection from his groundbreaking Piano Trio.

Featured artists include three familiar faces to the Ives Series and Danbury community:

Violinist Chelsea Starbuck Smith grew up Redding and has been acclaimed as a violinist of “compelling presence, fearless attack, and technical aplomb and bravado” by New London’s The Day. A graduate of Juilliard, she regularly performs on Broadway and has  made solo appearances with the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra in Charleston, SC, the Southern Finger Lakes Orchestra in Corning, NY, and with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.


Cellist Mitch Lyon is a Juilliard graduate a native of Philadelphia who has performed extensively as a soloist, chamber musician, and in orchestras throughout the United States, France and the United Kingdom. As a recipient of Juilliard’s Gluck Community Service Fellowship, he brought music to new and underserved audiences, including patients in New York area hospitals, nursing homes and alternative care facilities.  Mitch arranges, organizes and performs
house concerts at private residences throughout the boroughs of
New York City and in other locations by arrangement.
Pianist Mika Sasaki holds a doctorate from the Juilliard School

and has performed at Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Peter J. Sharp Theater, Palazzo Chigi Saracini (Italy), Minatomirai Hall (Japan), Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Japan), Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, and live on WQXR and WFMT radio. Her solo debut album, Obsidian: Mika Sasaki plays Clara Schumann, released on Yarlung Records in 2016, was highly acclaimed by the Online Merker as “illuminat[ing] the artistic inspiration and creative exchange between these three Romantic souls,” Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, and Johannes Brahms, and was recently featured on Radio Sweden.

All three musicians have been involved as artist-faculty in both the Danbury Music Centre’ Chamber Music Intensive and Charles Ives Concert Series since 2017.

The Danbury Music Centre is grateful to the following for their support of the Ives Series: the Anna-Maria and Stephen M. Kellen Foundation, James and Nancy Vodra, Peg Heetmann, Joan and Steve Howard – a Donor Advised Fund of The U.S. Charitable Gift Trust, Candace Ovesey and William Frucht, Dr. F Scott Gray, Deborah Katchko-Gray, Connecticut Family Orthopedics, the Maron Hotel, a Juilliard School Project Grant, the Associated Chamber Music Players, and Hotel Zero Degrees.

$20 tickets general admission online (link will be available soon) and at the door

$10 for students with ID online (link will be available soon) and at the door

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

Please join us for a reception and birthday cake following the concert


October 21, 2018
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Marian Anderson Recital Hall at the Danbury Music Centre
256 Main St
Danbury, CT 06810 United States
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