Local pianist will perform Ives' greatest work on Saturday

On Saturday, July 26, local pianist and composer Brendan Fox will give a short introductory lecture and then perform Charles Ives’s Concord Sonata, an epic masterwork of American piano music, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.

Charles Ives was a native of Danbury, and wrote his Concord Sonata almost 100 years ago. With that in mind, his bold, imaginative vision is even more extraordinary.

In four movements he paints musical portraits of four figures of the Transcendentalist era: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott and Henry David Thoreau.

The music ranges from mind-bending dissonance to sweeping Romantic gestures, evocations of church hymns and patriotic tunes, and delicate faraway sounds.

This is a special recital, as Brendan is one of the youngest pianists to ever tackle this formidable piece, and this first public performance is the culmination of more than four years of study and obsession.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 26. St. Matthew’s Church is at 36 New Canaan Road.

There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

Call 203-644-5465 for reservations.