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Danbury Music Centre Welcomes Young Stars

Robert Fleitz Photo Credit: contributed
Hannah Ji Photo Credit: contributed

DANBURY, Conn. -- The public is welcome to attend the Danbury Music Centre's "Charles Ives and His Living Legacy" recital on Saturday, April 2, featuring violinist Hannah Ji and pianist Robert Fleitz, "both of whom are among today's most exciting emerging young classical musicians," a news release notes.

The concert is a spring preview event for a new summer program and concert series launched last August by the Danbury Music Centre, called the Danbury Chamber Music Intensive. The event will also feature a CMI meet and greet for prospective applicants.

CMI brings recent graduates of Juilliard and other major music conservatories to Danbury for a week to serve as artist-faculty who teach and perform with local aspiring musicians. This summer, CMI will take place from August 8-14.

At 24, Ji's playing was recently praised by Polish Radio as "engaging, mature, well thought-out and honed down to the finest detail." A graduate of both the Curtis Institute and Juilliard, she has been broadcast throughout North America, including on PBS and NPR's "From the Top." She recently performed a benefit concert with world-renowned pianist Jeremy Denk.

Fleitz, 23, also a Juilliard graduate, was recently hailed by the New York Times as "mesmerizing." A dedicated advocate of new music, Fleitz has commissioned over 40 solo, chamber and music-theater works in the past four years and is the co-founder of the Resonant Grounds Initiative, a bassoon and piano duo. He was also recently a soloist with the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra and the Tampa Bay Symphony.

Ji and Fleitz will perform an all-American program curated around the works of Danbury-native Charles Ives and his living legacy: today's living American composers. They will also perform works by Matthew Aucoin, artist-in-residence at the L.A. Opera, Pulitzer-prize winning John Corigliano, Grammy-Award-winning Joan Tower, and two emerging young composers, Jon Cziner and Josh Getman.

Admission is $10 -- and free for all 2015 CMI participants and 2016 applicants. Tickets are available at the door and in advance here. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Learn more and apply to CMI by visiting here.

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