Like modernist poet Wallace Stevens, Connecticut native Charles Ives made his money selling life insurance policies in the insurance capital of the world. Proving that double indemnity and the avant-garde aren't mutually exclusive, the eccentric Ives got his New England rocks out composing 114 art songs inspired by pastoral Americana and its dissonant underbelly. His dense note clusters branded Ives a pariah among the establishment, but Aaron Copland and Arnold Schoenberg championed him as a visionary ahead of his time. Come to this performance of all 114 songs and get a rare glimpse into the paranoid mind of that eager-to-please State Farm guy.
Sat., Jan. 14, 4:30 p.m., 2012