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Charles Ives Concert Series Summer 2018

Paul Frucht, Artistic Director

Jonathan Cziner, Associate Artistic Director

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 for their generous support.

Read about our 2018 Artists here 

Summer 2018 Calendar


August 5th at 4:00 pm – Duo Spotlight: Harpist Emily Levin and Violist Jacob Shack



Featuring Harpist Emily Levin, Violist Jacob Shack, and Ives Series Artist-Faculty

Join us for the first of four August Ives Series concerts for an afternoon of music centered around Emily Levin, the principal harpist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Jacob Shack, the 4th chair viola in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Having formed a duo upon meeting at Juilliard, they’ve performed at the Juilliard School and the Kosciuszko Foundation. On this concert, which marks Emily’s Ives Series debut and Jacobs’s second season, they’ll feature works by Renie, Caplet, Schubert and duo works by Ives Series associate artistic director, Jon Cziner, and Artistic Director, Paul Frucht. Also on the program will be a Debussy performance featuring the winner of the CMI Piano Competition, Emily Zagorec alongside Ives Series Artist-Faculty, Mika Sasaki.

Location: A Private Home in Ridgefield, CT. Interested guests must RSVP here in order to receive information about the concert.

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


August 8th at 7:00 pm – Electric Youth

Please note location change due to threat of thunderstorms: Broadview Middle School, 72 Hospital Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810


Featuring Ives Series Guest Artists Peter Dugan and Charles Yang, Ives Series Artist-Faculty, and CMI Participants

The Ives Series returns to Danbury for its third year. The concert features our CMI Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition Winners, our DMC Summer Fellows, and CMI participants playing alongside Ives Series Artist-Faculty. Violinist Charles Yang and pianist Peter Dugan cap off the evening with original music and covers of everything from Ravel to the Beatles.

Location: Broadview Middle School, 72 Hospital Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810


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

August 9th at 7:00 pm – A 90th Birthday Celebration of Composer Samuel Adler

Featuring Ives Series Guest Artists Julian Schwarz and Marika Bournaki alongside Ives Series Artist-Faculty

 The Ives Series celebrates legendary American composer Samuel Adler with a 90th birthday celebration. Cellist Julian Schwarz and pianist Marika Bournaki return to Danbury as Ives Series Guest Artists to join the Artist-Faculty for an evening of music by Adler, two of his students: Christopher Theofanidis and Gity Razaz, our 2018 Call for Scores winner, and more.

Location: Marian Anderson Recital Hall at the Danbury Music Centre

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

August 11th at 7:30 pm – New Sincerity: From Darkness to Light

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

In the spirit of Ives, we close out the week with a partnership with another local music organization, the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, for a program that dives into an emerging trend in American music: a new kind of sincerity. Woven together, these works create a narrative that rises from darkness to light. Maestro Cohler and Ives Series Artists perform music by our 2018 Composer-in-Residence, Nina Young, Ravel, Ives, Charles Peck, Osvaldo Golijov, Ives Series associate artistic director, Jon Cziner, and Series artistic director, Paul Frucht.

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

$25 tickets online until midnight Friday, August 11th and Saturday at the door, general admission,  please inquire about DMC member discounts

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

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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