Summer 2021: The Promise of Living

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.’”

For more information on individual concerts, see below.

Purchase tickets for the the July 31st concert “JOY” at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum by clicking HERE. Physical tickets will not be issued. Your name will be placed on a check-in list for the concert.

Purchase tickets to August 4th, 6th, 7th & 11th concerts by clicking on the drop-down menu below, selecting the concert you would like to attend, and then clicking Add to Cart. You may add multiple concerts to your cart before completing the purchase. Tickets to each concert are $20 for adults, $10 for Seniors and Students, or you may purchase a four-concert pass for $60 for adults, $30 for Seniors and Students. Physical tickets will not be issued. Your name will be placed on a check-in list for each specific concert.

CIMF Concerts – Summer 2021

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

“Joy” features 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.

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

“Wildest Dreams” features 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 6th at 7:00 PM
Ridgefield High School Auditorium
(700 N. Salem Rd., Ridgefield, CT

“The Promise of Living” features 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 7th at 7:00 PM
Jesse Lee Church (207 Main St., Ridgefield, CT)

“Adventure” features 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 11th at 7:00 PM
First Congregational Church (103 Main St., Ridgefield, CT)

“Faith” features 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.

2021 CIMF Artists include:
Kati Agocs, 2021 Composer-in-Residence
Katie Althen, flute
Jonathan Borden, double bass
Marika Bournaki, piano
Julia Choi, violin
Jon Cziner, composition
Paul Frucht, composition/percussion
Emily Levin, harp
Mitch Lyon, cello
Eric Mahl, trumpet/conductor
George Meyer, violin/viola
Taylor Marino, clarinet
Ariana Nelson, cello
Priscilla Rinehart, horn
Mika Sasaki, piano
Jacob Shack, viola
Julian Schwarz, cello
Chelsea Starbuck Smith, violin
Ulysses Quartet: Christina Bouey and Rhiannon Banerdt, violins; Colin Brookes, viola; Grace Ho, cello

Read more about our artist-faculty here.