Singing Ives

Surveying The Intricacies Of Charles Ives’ Music
January 27, 2005
By MATTHEW ERIKSON, [Hartford] Courant Staff Writer
In 2004, festivals and concerts commemorated the 50th anniversary of the death of Charles Ives, an insurance executive from Danbury and arguably America’s greatest native-born composer. Tonight and Sunday at Wesleyan University’s Crowell Recital Hall, the tribute will continue with the first of several recitals surveying Ives’ 129 songs.
A pet project of composer and Wesleyan professor Neely Bruce, the concert series features several soloists, accompanied by Bruce at the piano. Different from past Ives recitals, the musicians will perform from a new scholarly edition containing a few songs never before published. The series has the potential of making Bruce the first pianist to perform the complete songs of Ives in concert.
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