The Ives Project

Charles Ives: A Life in Music

Thursday, November 3, 2011 @ 8:00 pm
The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
Bethesda, MD
Tickets $15-25

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This one-of-a-kind theatrical presentation, with actors and lighting design, traces Ives’s life —including his passionate courtship, his fierce Transcendentalism, and his cranky politics— through music, letters, and essays. The repertoire —for voice, piano, and chamber orchestra— ranges from the mystic The Unanswered Question to the indescribably rambunctious Over the Pavements. William Sharp, for decades a prime exponent of Ives’s songs, contributes such Ives classics as “The Circus Band” and “General William Booth Enters into Heaven,” as well as a serene Ives set arranged for voice and orchestra by John Adams.

Jeremy Denk, piano
William Sharp, baritone
Floyd King, actor
Carolyn Goelzer, actor
Georgetown University Concert Choir (Frederick Binkholder, director)
PostClassical Ensemble
conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez
Joseph Horowitz, writer & producer

Program
Ives: The Unanswered Question (orchestra)
The Circus Band, Memories (baritone/piano)
In the Inn (orchestra)
Feldeinsamkeit, Ich grolle nicht (baritone/piano)
The Housatonic at Stockbridge (baritone/piano)
“Majority” (choir)
Largo Cantabile (orchestra)
Over the Pavements (orchestra)
General Booth Goes to Heaven (baritone/orchestra)
The Alcotts (solo piano)
Thoreau, Down East, Cradle Song, At the River, Serenity (baritone/orchestra, arr. by John Adams)

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Ives Masterclass with Jeremy Denk

Thursday, November 3, 2011 @ 4:00 pm
The Music Center at Strathmore
Bethesda, MD
Free Admission

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Ives Plays Ives

Thursday, November 3, 2011 @ 5:30 pm
The Music Center at Strathmore
Bethesda, MD
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Jeremy Denk and PostClassical Ensemble Artistic Director Joseph Horowitz audition rare recordings of Charles Ives playing and singing his own compositions.

Beethoven and Ives

Friday, November 4, 2011 @ 8:00 pm
The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
Bethesda, MD
Tickets $15-45

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Hailed as its 1939 premiere as “exceptionally great music—the greatest music composed by an American, and the most deeply and essentially American in impulse and implication,” Ives epic Concord Sonata is one man’s definition of “America,” with movements titled Emerson,” “Hawthorne,” “The Alcotts,” and “Thoreau.”

Jeremy Denk’s performance will incorporate readings from Emerson, Thoreau, and Ives. Denk also performs the most monumental of the piano sonatas by Beethoven —whose symphonies Ives called “perfect truths” and whose Fifth Symphony is quoted throughout the Concord Sonata.

Jeremy Denk, piano
William Sharp, reader

Program
Ives: Concord Sonata
Beethoven: Hammerklavier Sonata, Op. 106

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Interpreting Ives

Saturday, November 5, 2011 @ 3:30 – 6:40 pm
The Music Center at Strathmore
Bethesda, MD
Tickets $15

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An intimate Ives immersion experience – mingle with artists, scholars and music lovers, with Joseph Horowitz on Ives and the 21st Century; Jeremy Denk on Ives and Beethoven (lecture/performance), Tom Owens on Ives’ letters, and William Sharp on the parlor sources of Ives’ songs (lecture/performance).

Joseph Horowitz, Ives and the 21st Century
Jeremy Denk, Ives and Beethoven
Tom Owens, The Letters of Charles Ives
William Sharp, The Parlor Sources of Ives’ Songs

Ives and Other Innovators

Saturday, November 5, 2011 @ 7:30 pm
The Mansion at Strathmore
Bethesda, MD
Tickets $30

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The JACK Quartet, an ensemble dedicated to performing new music, is breaking ground with “viscerally exciting performances” (New York Times) of “explosive virtuosity” (Boston Globe). Hear this intrepid young ensemble perform Ives’ Second String Quartet juxtaposed with works by such contemporary composers as Philip Glass, Julia Wolfe, and Caleb Burhans.

JACK Quartet

Program
Ives: Strong Quartet No. 2
Works by Philip Glass, Julia Wolfe and Caleb Burhans

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The Ives Project Sponsors

The Getty Foundation
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The Washington Ballet
Washington National Cathedral
WWFM The Classical Network
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American University
Artmentor Foundation
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Washington Performing Arts
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Indonesian Embassy
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