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Adieu, Mavericks

MTT slicing ingredients

With the American Mavericks Festival and Tour now complete, Davies Symphony Hall is quiet without percussion polyrhythms coming up through the floors, Paul Jacobs on the Ruffatti organ making us wonder if we just had a minor earthquake, and running into an array of props, sets, and weirdo instruments backstage.  Not to say we’re not […]

American Mavericks Festival concerts “a triumph” and “a whirlwind of delight”

The SFS percussion performing in Lou Harrison's Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra in the opening concert of the American Mavericks Festival. (l-r James Lee Wyatt, Artie Storch, Tom Hemphill) Credit: Kristen Loken

Some great reviews are coming in of the first concerts in the American Mavericks Festival: “After weeks of build-up, the American Mavericks Festival opened Thursday night at Davies Symphony Hall. It delivered what Michael Tilson Thomas has been promising: to connect the dots through a century’s worth of music that somehow defines an American sound […]

Mavericks Family Tree

Mavericks Family Tree

The mavericks play Six Degrees of Charles Ives:

Opening Night

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It’s opening night of the American Mavericks Festival, Centennial Edition  !  On the program tonight:  Copland’s Orchestral Variations, Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Organ and Percussion Orchestra and Henry Brant’s arrangement of Charles Ives’ A Concord Symphony.     It’s an eclectic audience tonight in Davies Symphony Hall.  Fitting for the group of composers on tonight’s […]

Charles Ives: the man, the mystery

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Charles Ives is the original American Maverick. After graduating from Yale with a D+ grade point average and taking a job with an insurance firm in New York, Ives plotted to open his own firm—at which he proved adept. His firm, Ives & Myrick, was very successful, and Ives even devised life insurance strategies that […]