The Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra (WCYO) based in Ridgefield, announces the addition of the Charles Ives Music Festival (CIMF) to the organization’s educational and performance programming. The first CIMF concert of the 2019-20 season will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Ridgefield. The concert will feature award winning duo cellist Julian Schwarz and pianist Marika Bournaki in a program entitled “Variation.”
The mission of the WCYO is to educate and inspire young musicians through the study and performance of classical and contemporary musical works, participation in enrichment activities, and engagement with the community. CIMF furthers that mission and honors the legacy of Charles Ives by bringing American music to the Fairfield County area with both educational and performance programs. CIMF provides interactive educational events, centered around the exploration of chamber music, for both children and adults in our community. CIMF concerts feature dynamic and unique artists performing the music of Ives, other 20th and 21st century American composers, and works that transcends the traditional boundaries of classical music to incorporate other styles and genres.