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Schuller and Alea III perform Ives works in all their glory

Gunther Schuller (pictured in New York in 2007) conducted Alea III at Boston University on Wednesday. Gunther Schuller (pictured in New York in 2007) conducted Alea III at Boston University on Wednesday. (hiroyuki ito for the new york times/file 2007)
By Jeffrey Gantz
Globe Correpondent / November 19, 2011

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Charles Ives is, with apologies to George Gershwin and Aaron Copland, arguably America’s greatest composer of classical music. But his music doesn’t get performed as often as it might. (A notable local exception was Alan Gilbert’s sublime reading of the Fourth Symphony with the BSO in March of 2009.) So Alea III’s presentation of “Charles Ives: The Astonishing Pioneer’’ at the Tsai Performance Center Wednesday evening was particularly welcome.

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ALEA III At: Tsai Performance Center, Boston University, Wednesday