Charles Ives’s America: Hymns, Songs, Sonatas

Charles Ives’s America: Hymns, Songs, Sonatas
Jeremy Denk, piano; Stefan Jackiw, violin and Houston Chamber Choir

Pre-concert conversation with Jeremy Denk and Da Camera Artistic Director Sarah Rothenberg at 7:00 PM in Zilkha Hall

Ives: Sonata No. 4 for Violin and Piano (“Children’s Day at Camp Meeting”)
Edgar P. Stites/John R. Sweney: Beulah Land
Robert Lowry/Annie Sherwood Hawks: I Need Thee Every Hour
Ives: Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano
François H. Barthélémon/Robert Robinson: Mighty God, While Angels Bless Thee (Autumn)
Ives: Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano
George F. Root/David Nelson: The Shining Shore
George F. Root: Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! The Boys Are Marching
George F. Kiallmark/Samuel Woodworth: The Old Oaken Bucket
Lowell Mason/Anna L. Coghill: Work, for the Night is Coming
Ives: Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano

Jeremy Denk, piano; Stefan Jakiw, violin; members of Houston Chamber Choir

Few composers have drawn as much literal inspiration from their childhood home as the American maverick Charles Ives. Award-winning pianist Jeremy Denk has made a special project of championing the music of Ives. In this imaginative project, Denk, violinist Stefan Jackiw and members of Houston Chamber Choir explore inspiration and Ives’s unparalleled invention, interweaving the original hymns, patriotic songs and marches, performed by a quartet of singers, with the wildly imaginative sonatas of Ives that those songs inspired.

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“[Ives’s] music is brilliant, inventive, tender, edgy, wild, original, witty, haunting.” – Jeremy Denk

“Mr. Denk’s playing exuded affinity for Ives and vivid imagination. Mr. Jackiw, deftly balancing fervor and elegance, beautiful tone and earthy colorings, proved a comparably inspired Ivesian on this exciting night.” — The New York Times