The Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, 409 E. College Blvd., invites the public, on July 25 at 6 p.m., to its presentation with images of American composer Charles Ives (1874-1954). The free event is part of the program “Go inside the music,” and promises to be an educational and entertaining evening at AMoCA.
The audience joins conductor and educator Oliver Prezant for an engaging pre-concert talk on Ives’ rarely performed Piano Sonata No. 2, Concord, Mass. 1840–1860.
First published in 1920, this epic work for solo piano juxtaposes modernistic musical gestures with quotes from the music of Beethoven, folk, popular music and hymns. It’s an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink effort to create a musical impression of the transcendentalist philosophy of Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne and the Alcotts in mid-19th century Massachusetts.
Given the scope of the work, it’s no surprise that Ives continued to work on the piece for almost 40 years. Whether audience members are experienced listeners or new to the concert hall, the talk will take them inside the music and the mind of the composer, and help to deepen the understanding and enjoyment of this extraordinary American masterpiece.
Emanuele Arciuli’s performance on the piano follows the talk.
Arciuli has established himself as one of the most original and interesting performers on today’s classical music scene. His repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary music, with a strong affinity for composers from the United States. He is a professor at the Conservatory in Bari, Italy and a frequent guest professor at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and other American universities. His numerous recordings include the complete piano works of Berg and Webern, and the world premiere of Bruno Maderna’s “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.” His CD “Bridge”, dedicated to George Crumb, was nominated for a Grammy Award, and his CD “Stradivarius” with works by Adams and Rzewski received the Italian critics’ award for Best Record in 2006.
His newest comprehensive book on American piano music, “Musica per pianoforte negli Stati Uniti,” was recently published in Italy. In May 2011, Arciuli was awarded the most important Italian critic’s prize, the Premio Franco Abbiati.
For more information on Arciuli, visit emanuelearciuli.com. For more information about the event, call AMoCA at 575-623-5600.