Ives and Copland: Competing Visions of America

Maryland Sinfonietta, Michael Jacko (conductor), National Gallery of Art

The opening concert of a music festival is a statement of intent. It sets the tone, defines parameters and suggests avenues for exploration. The National Gallery’s 65th American Music Festival opened Sunday night with a fascinating program dedicated to Charles Ives and Aaron Copland. In its ambition and scope, the concert offered nothing less than two competing musical visions of America itself…

Read the full review here (Washington Post, November 4, 2013).