The Music of Charles Ives

The Composer Behind The Naming Of Ives Hall
February 6, 2018
Charles Ives (1874-1954)

Charles Ives (1874-1954)

Members of the Sonoma State University faculty and selected students will perform music by American composer Charles Ives in Schroeder Hall on March 2 at 7:30 p.m. The program, curated by Sonoma Musica Viva, will include some of Ives’s best-known and most challenging works — The Unanswered Question, From the Steeples and the Mountains, and Variations on “America” for organ.

The famously idiosyncratic composer is the namesake of Ives Hall, former home of the Sonoma State music department. “I kept bumping into people who didn’t know who Ives Hall was named for,” said Department chair Brian S. Wilson, “so we’re doing an all-Ives concert.” A composer who worked outside of both academia and popular style, Charles Ives (1874-1954) wrote music that sounds as American as apple pie one minute, and radically avant-garde the next. Emeritus professor Will Johnson will serve as moderator.

Performers include members of Navarro Trio, Santa Rosa and Stockton symphonies, and organist Paul Blanchard.


Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, performed by the Navarro Trio
Selections from 114 Songs, SSU Select Choir, Jenny Bent, conductor
            At the River (1916) 
            The Children's Hour (1901) 
            Two Little Flowers (1921) 
            The Cage (1906)
            Songs My Mother Taught Me (1895 ) 
            Memories  (1897)
            Forward Into Light (1898) 
            Serenity (1919)
The Unanswered Question, performed by Daniel Gianola-Norris, trumpet, Kathleen Reynolds, flute, Laura Reynolds, oboe, Roy Zajac, clarinet and student String Quartet
Three Quarter Tone Pieces, Madison Kaminsky and Nicholas Maritz, pianos
From the Steeples and the Mountains, Daniel Gianola-Norris and Dave Len Scott, trumpet; Tony Collins, trombone; Thom Limbert and Anthony Gonzales, chimes 
Variations on “America,”Paul Blanchard, organ

Ticket prices are $8 and free to SSU students.