Charles Ives Concert Series features ‘Music by Jewish Composers’

March 28, 2019

The Danbury Music Centre has announced the Charles Ives Concert Series will present “Music by Jewish Composers” Sunday, March 31, at 4 p.m., at Congregation Shir Shalom, 46 Peaceable St., Ridgefield.

As part of partnership with Congregation Shir Shalom, sponsored by Connecticut Family Orthopedics and Orthoprompt, “Music by Jewish Composers” will feature violinist Avi Nagin, cellist Julian Schwarz and pianist Marika Bournaki, all of whom are both familiar faces on the Ives series and nationally recognized chamber musicians and soloists, according to a news release.

Schwarz, in particular, is well-known in the community having been a soloist with the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra last season, playing the Elgar cello concerto alongside Paul Frucht’s “Dawn.” Schwarz, Bournaki and Nagin have performed on the Ives series for several years. Schwarz and Bournaki have been particularly active promoting Jewish music, having collaborated with the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music on a program of the complete cello and piano works of Ernst Bloch.

The concert is free and open to the public, donations will be accepted at the door.

The series is led by artistic director Paul Frucht and associate artistic director Jon Cziner, both of whom are composers. Frucht a recent Juilliard graduate and Danbury native, is also the Centre’s new associate director, artistic planning and program development.

The series is dedicated to celebrating the legacy of Danbury’s own Charles Ives with performances of his music, today’s American music, and music that transcends the traditional boundaries of classical music to incorporate other styles.

Funding for the Charles Ives Concert Series is provided in part by Connecticut Family Orthopedics and Orthoprompt, the Anna Maria and Stephen M. Kellen Foundation, William Frucht and Candace Ovesey, Peg Heetmann, and Joan and Steve Howard — a donor advised fund of the U.S. Charitable Gift Trust.