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, [highlight3]piano[/highlight3]
William Sharp, [highlight3]reader[/highlight3]

Ives: [highlight3]Concord Sonata[/highlight3]
Beethoven: [highlight3]Hammerklavier Sonata, Op. 106[/highlight3]

Join Jeremy Denk and Joseph Horowitz for a post-concert discussion.