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SUMMER 2021
CIMF’s Summer 2021 Artist Concert Series, called “The Promise of Living,” is a homage to the movement of the same title from Aaron Copland’s opera, The Tender Land. “The opera takes place on a Great Depression-era farm in the midwest and is about a multi-generational family searching for hope and meaning amidst challenging circumstances. Today, this story feels as timeless and relevant as ever. Over the last year, one largely without live music as we have known it, many have searched for hope and meaning amidst their own challenging circumstances. Ideally, art challenges people to think more deeply about themselves and the world around them, to help them find meaning in life, and perhaps hope. The act of coming together to collectively experience the same art, but experience one’s own individual reaction, can be cathartic and meaningful. CIMF marks the return of live performance with a series of concerts about various aspects of life that make it worth living, or in other words, that fulfill the ‘promise’ alluded to in ‘The Tender Land.’”

JOY
Featuring an array of works that are reveling in their own ecstaticity. A new work by George Meyer, an arrangement by Chelsea Starbuck Smith, and Paul Wiancko’s American Haiku all draw influence from the jubilant tradition of Appalachian fiddling and in the case of Wiancko, he creates a fascinating fusion through the addition of Japanese folk music. Composer-in-Residence Kati Agocs’s Devotion, CIMF Artistic Director Paul Frucht’s Valor, and Florence Price’s Adoration all explore the gratification that comes with commitment, devotion, and audacity. Finally, Julia Wolfe’s Blue Dress and Matt Aucoin’s Dual bring levity and playfulness as the program closes with perhaps one of the most joyous works of concert music, Ravel’s famous Introduction and Allegro, which features CIMF Artist-Faculty and Dallas Symphony Orchestra Principal Harpist Emily Levin.

July 31, 2021 at 6:00 PM
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum – Outdoors
(258 Main St., Ridgefield, CT)

WILDEST DREAMS
Featuring CIMF Virtual Concerto Competition winner and youth participant, Emma Dawson, as well as works that explore aspiration and the nature of dreams. Artists will perform works by Kati Agocs, Timo Andres, Robert Beaser, Mel Bonis, Frances Poulenc, Shelley Washington, and will close with Christopher Rouse’s phenomenal Compline.

August 4, 2021 at 7:00 PM
Jesse Lee Church
(207 Main St., Ridgefield, CT)

THE PROMISE OF LIVING
Featuring the CIMF Piano Ensemble, led by Mika Sasaki, and CIMF Orchestra, led by Eric Mahl, which will perform works by Albert Lavignac, Jessie Montgomery, Sibelius, and Tchaikovsky, and will close with Aaron Copland’s, “The Promise of Living”. CIMF Artists will also perform works by youth participant composers.

August 6, 2021 at 7:00 PM

Ridgefield High School Auditorium
(700 N. Salem Rd., Ridgefield, CT

ADVENTURE
Featuring the acclaimed Ulysses Quartet in a concert titled “Adventure,” featuring the music by Paul Frucht, Rhiannon Giddens, Pavel Haas, David Ludwig, and Charlton Singleton that are inspired by high-stakes drama, energy, and journey. 

August 7, 2021 at 7:00 PM
Jesse Lee Church
(207 Main St., Ridgefield, CT)

FAITH
Featuring CIMF Artist-Faculty Marika Bournaki, George Meyer, and Julian Schwarz. The concert will feature works by Derek Bermel, Jon Cziner, Reena Esmail, Paul Frucht, and 2020 Call for Scores winner Harriet Steinke that address faith, religion, and spirituality. Additionally, CIMF Youth Participant Henry Idone will perform as a Virtual Competition Winner.

August 11, 2021 at 7:00 PM
First Congregational Church
(103 Main St., Ridgefield, CT)


2020-2021 SEASON

HORIZON

Featuring CIMF Artists Chelsea Starbuck Smith, violin; Julia Choi, violin: Molly Goldman, viola; and Mitchell Lyon, cello; performing works by Carlos Simon, Jessie Montgomery, Florence Price, Caroline Shaw, Antonin Dvořák, and Paul Frucht.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 – 6:30 PM
(Rain Date: Thursday, August 13th)
Outdoors at Lounsbury House
(316 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT)

2019-2020 SEASON

CIMF FUNDRAISER CONCERT
‘An Evening in Celebration of the Charles Ives Music Festival at the WCYO’ featuring a special performance by violinist Charles Yang and pianist Peter Dugan

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Keeler Tavern Museum Garden Room
(132 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT)

SONGS & DANCES: From Bach to the Beatles
Featuring pianist Peter Dugan

Sunday, December 8, 2019
4:00 PM
Congregation Shir Shalom
(46 Peaceable Street, Ridgefield, CT)

This concert was offered free of charge to the public thanks to the generosity of sponsors Orthopromt and Connecticut Family Orthopedics.

VARIATION
Featuring cellist Julian Schwarz and pianist Marika Bournaki

Saturday, November 2, 2019
7:30 PM
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
(6 Ivy Hill Rd, Ridgefield, CT)

MASTERCLASS WITH JULIAN SCHWARZ

Saturday, November 2, 2019
3:30 PM
Scotts Ridge Middle School Auditorium
(750 North Salem Rd., Ridgefield, CT)
Part of the 2019 Chamber Music Weekend Worksho