Jeremy Denk, Piano & Stefan Jackiw, Violin: 'Ives Violin Sonatas' with New York Polyphony, Voices
Rescheduling a snowed-out concert from January 2018, Duke Performances presents an all-star cast of artists interpreting the works and inspirations of Charles Ives. Jeremy Denk is perhaps the foremost interpreter of Ives today, and this performance is specially curated to expose the genesis of these compositions.
Denk and violinist Stefan Jackiw - a musician of "uncommon musical substance" (Boston Globe) - work backward through the sonatas, from the jarring number four to the impressionistic number one, highlighting Ives' unique modernism. Denk and Jackiw pair each sonata with a vocal performance of the hymn tunes and song foundations of Ives' sonatas, sung by the celebrated vocal quartet New York Polyphony, "singers of superb musicianship and vocal allure" (The New Yorker). Teasing out, reinterpreting, and re-presenting the strains that make up Ives' music, Denk, Jackiw, and New York Polyphony promise a provocative and engaging musical evening.