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, [highlight3]piano[/highlight3]
William Sharp, [highlight3]baritone[/highlight3]
Floyd King, [highlight3]actor[/highlight3]
Carolyn Goelzer, [highlight3]actor[/highlight3]
Georgetown University Concert Choir (Frederick Binkholder, director)
PostClassical Ensemble
conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez
Joseph Horowitz, [highlight3]writer & producer[/highlight3]

Ives: [highlight3]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)[/highlight3]

Join the artists for a post-concert discussion!

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