Strathmore and Post-Classical Ensemble Present the Ives Project – Nov 3 – 5, 2011

Strathmore Music Center

Strathmore Music Center

By Punch Pep Correspondent Elizabeth Fischer

The Strathmore is at the corner of infinite possibilities and coziness.  It is your favorite robe/slipper, your place to unwind and enjoy wine or that place to live, learn, enjoy, and experience that something new that has been tugging at the inner most part of your thoughts.   The people are wonderful and the talent – art – artists – functions – and shows awake your consciousness allowing you to appreciate, recognize, become acquainted with, and realize the beauty and splendor in the known and unknown/untried.

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Before blogging, I didn’t know the Strathmore existed.  Now, it is a favorite on my many lists.  The below event is just one of the many exciting affairs happening this fall.  (Look for my post on the Strathmore Tea Room and the new Artists in Residence).  You might just discover raw and new talent and be able to share your story of self discovery.  Similar to my discovery of Ted Garber (well, my personal discovery – his talent, dedication and hard work explain where he is today – although I like to think my fabulous write-up contributed just a little spark to his otherwise sound evolution).  Ted’s performance at the Mansion was my first introduction to the Strathmore.  He was part of last year’s Artists in Residence and now he is the headline for the post event reception on October 26, 2011 for the Inaugural Blue Hope Bash.  So as you sit there reading this, thinking this just isn’t for me – do something shocking – attend – try before you rebuff and maybe just maybe you will uncover that hidden treasure.

Drumroll please!

Strathmore and Post-Classical Ensemble will uncover one of America’s most transformational composers –iconic New Englander Charles Ives – through a series of concerts, performances, workshops, and discussions with experts during The Ives Project, November 3-5, 2011.  This immersive experience will convene actors, scholars and musicians, including two of the most eminent exponents of Ives’ music—the pianist Jeremy Denk and baritone William Sharp—to tell the story of Ives through live performances, rare recordings, readings from his private diary and letters and expert lectures.

Who is Charles Ives? An irrefutably transformative force in American music and innovative composer, Ives had little public exposure during his career and remains relatively obscure to the concert-going public.  Ives’ music came to underscore the American experience, imbued with distinctly American cultural influences and nuanced with the Yankee ideals of ingenuity, innovation and individualism.  Ives was born and spent his childhood in Danbury, Connecticut, which greatly informed his artistic endeavors.  He received formal music training at Yale and struggled to marry the classical training of his Ivy League education with his New England identity.  Ultimately, his answer was to forge an altogether new and iconoclastic style that elegantly blends American influences with elements of European-Romantic music.  Danbury church bells, hymnals, footprints on New York City pavement, the raucous enthusiasm of a Fourth of July parade, gospel and other symbolic American elements are woven into Ives’ innovative compositions.  The entrepreneurial Ives also pioneered avant garde musical structures such as tone clusters, polytonality and polychords. He quietly wrote these masterful works in his spare time, while building a successful career in the insurance industry.

For additional information, call (301) 581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

The Ives Project will include the following events:

Ives Masterclass with Jeremy Denk

Thursday, November 3, 2011; 4 p.m.; Mansion at Strathmore

Admission: Free (tickets required)

Piano virtuoso and, “One of the best pianists of his generation” (Denver Post), Jeremy Denk, will guide piano students in the intricacies of performing Ives’ music and mainstays of the American repertoire.

Ives Plays Ives

Thursday, November 3, 2011; 5:30 p.m.; Mansion at Strathmore

Admission: Free (tickets required)

Post-Classical Ensemble Artistic Director Joseph Horowitz and pianist Jeremy Denk present and discuss rare recordings of Ives performing his own music.

Charles Ives: A Life in Music

Jeremy Denk, piano; William Sharp, baritone; Carolyn Goelzer and Floyd King, actors;

Post-Classical Ensemble with Angel Gil-Ordóñez, conductor; written and directed by Joseph Horowitz

Thursday, November 3, 2011; 8 p.m.; Music Center at Strathmore

Tickets $15 – $25 (Stars Price $13.50–$22.50)

This theatrical concert weaves music and readings from the composer’s essays and letters in a guided tour through this American original’s life and work—his passionate courtship, his fierce Transcendentalism and his cranky politics. An original script written by Joseph Horowitz helps to define the composer’s life through his relationships with close confidantes, peers and family.  This event includes a post-concert discussion with artists and scholars. Performance features Jeremy Denk, piano; William Sharp, baritone; Floyd King and Carolyn Goelzer, actors; and Post-Classical Ensemble with conductor Angel Gil-Ordóñez.

Beethoven and Ives

Jeremy Denk, piano and William Sharp, baritone

Friday, November 4, 2011; 8 p.m.; Music Center at Strathmore

Tickets $15 – $45 (Stars Price $13.50-$40.50)

The four movements of Ives’ landmark Concord Sonata are dedicated to iconic New England literary figures Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau and the Alcotts.  This performance of the work incorporates readings by these great voices of American literature.  In tribute to Ives’ lifelong admiration for Beethoven, the concert concludes with Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” Sonata.  The performance features Jeremy Denk, piano and William Sharp, reader.  Audience members can join a post-concert discussion with the artists.

Interpreting Ives

Saturday, November 5, 2011; 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.; Music Center at Strathmore, Room 402

Tickets $15 (Stars Price $13.50)

3:30-4:30 p.m.: Lecture/performance with Joseph Horowitz on Ives and the 21st Century; Jeremy Denk on Ives and Beethoven

4:30-5:15 p.m.: Reception and mingling with the artists

5:15-6:30 p.m.: Tom Owens on Ives’ letters; William Sharp performs and discusses the parlor sources of Ives’ songs

Ives and Other Innovators

Saturday, November 5, 2011; 7:30 p.m.; Mansion at Strathmore

Tickets $30 (Stars Price $27)

Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 5

Julia Wolfe: Dig Deep 7

Charles Ives: String Quartet No. 2

Caleb Burhans: Contritus

Known for its “viscerally exciting performances” (The New York Times), the JACK Quartet is dedicated to presenting bold new music.  The intrepid ensemble performs the music of Ives juxtaposed with works by contemporary composers.  The performance also includes a post-concert discussion with the artists.

 

**Attorney Elizabeth Fischer is Punch Pep Correspondent. She is working as an Entrepreneur, Lawyer and Student (environmental studies), covering events for Pamela’s Punch as a generalist correspondent.  When she is not working, studying or playing soccer or tennis, she is walking her pups, traveling the globe, running marathons, and enjoying all DC has to offer. Contact her at elizabethfischer15@yahoo.com.***

About Elizabeth Fischer:
Attorney Elizabeth Fischer is Punch Pep Correspondent. She is working as an Entrepreneur, Lawyer and Student (environmental studies), covering events for Pamela’s Punch as a generalist correspondent. When she is not working, studying or playing soccer or tennis, she is walking her pups, traveling the globe, running marathons, and enjoying all DC has to offer. Contact her at elizabethfischer15@yahoo.com.
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