Six LIVE concerts presented as part of the Charles Ives Music Festival 2022 on August 1

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for six fantastic LIVE concerts presented as part of the 2022 Charles Ives Music Festival, which runs from August 1-14.

This annual event explores the history and legacy of Danbury-born and American composer Charles Ives (1874-1954) through a series of concerts and educational events. Led by Artistic Director Paul Frucht, the CIMF offers a concert series as well as educational programs, featuring some of the most talented early-career artists in the United States. CIMF artists have gone on to careers as soloists in major American orchestras, touring chamber musicians and successful independent musicians on Broadway.

CIMF 2022 explores multiple musical and non-musical themes that are central to the music of Charles Ives and his legacy: use of folk music, personal dedications to music, polystylism, struggle with spirituality, and pioneering leap into a future optimistic. As always, CIMF presents a tapestry of nearly every American work – primarily by living composers – to explore these ideas, bring them to life, and tell the story of American music through the many diverse voices who wrote music and write music in the US

Our concert series begins with “Pulse” on August 1, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. at the Keeler Tavern Garden House in Ridgefield, CT. “Pulse” explores the uses of folk music in concert music and folk-influenced rhythmic works throughout the last century of American concert music and will feature works by Alex Stephenson, Jennifer Higdon, William Grant Still , Joseph Summer and CIMF Artist- The George Meyer Faculty, performed by a CIMF Artist-Faculty String Quartet of Meyer, Chelsea Starbuck Smith, Jacob Shack and Mitch Lyon.

The concert series continues on August 3, 2022 at a private house in Ridgefield with “Dedication”. Held at a private home in Ridgefield, this concert will feature works with significant personal influence or dedication and performances by concert pianist Anna Petrova, cellist Francesca McNeeley, and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra violinists Julia Choi and Jeremias Sergiani-Velazquez.

Don’t miss “An Evening of Chamber Music” on August 5, 2022 at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, Ridgefield, CT. “An Evening of Chamber Music” features CIMF musicians participating in the CIMF Summer 2022 Intensive Chamber Music Program, performing side-by-side with the CIMF faculty of artists, culminating in a week of chamber music rehearsals. In addition to works from the standard repertoire of Bach, Dvorak, Ibert, and Mozart, among others, participating musicians and artist-teachers perform works by living composers Eric Ewazen and CIMF Composer-in-Residence Jared Miller.

“Simple Gifts” is CIMF Summer 2022’s gift to the community – a FREE outdoor concert and community expo! Held August 7, 2022, the expo will run from noon to 2 p.m. and the outdoor concert from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse tent in Ridgefield, CT. Presented by People’s United Bank, “Simple Gifts” evokes Ives’ legacy of polystylism passed down through generations of American composers who represent the rich diversity of styles within American concert music. Performances by CIMF faculty artist and guest musicians will feature musical works by John Williams, Hannah Lash, Wyton Marsalis, Paul Frucht, Chris Cerrone and more!

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