WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williams College Department of Music presents pianist Doris Stevenson and violinist Joanna Kurkowicz on Saturday, April 13 at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.
Stevenson and Kurkowicz have been performing together for over 10 years, and frequently appear with the Williams Chamber Players. Saturday's performance will include Sonata A minor Op. 23 for Violin and Piano by Ludwig van Beethoven, Partita for Violin and Piano by Witold Lutoslawski, and Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano by Bela Bartok. The performance will also feature "Darkening Images: Dramatic Monologue for Solo Violin," a premiere work by Williams faculty member David Kechley.
Ms. Kurkowicz is an award-winning soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and concertmaster. She has appeared as a soloist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, Jefferson Symphony, San Luis Obispo Symphony, New England String Ensemble, Poznan Philharmonic and Polish National Radio Orchestra. She has collaborated with such eminent artists as Jaime Laredo, Charles Treger, Laurence Lesser and James Buswell. Ms.
Kurkowicz currently serves as concertmaster of the Boston Philharmonic and the Berkshire Symphony and previously held the same post for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Vermont Symphony.
Ms. Stevenson has won lavish praise from critics and public audiences alike in performances around the world. She has soloed with the Boston Pops, played at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. , Salle Pleyel in Paris, Sala de Musica Arango in Bogota, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Her work as a collaborative pianist is marked by her acute sensitivity and musicianship. Stevenson has performed with Gregor Piatigorsky, Ruggiero Ricci and Paul Tortelier. Early in her career, she was invited by Heifetz and Piatigorsky to perform with them in their chamber concerts. She was pianist for the cello master classes of Piatigorsky, who described her as "an artist of the highest order."
The Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall is located at 54 Chapin Hall Drive in Bernhard Music Center on the Williams College campus. For building locations on the Williams campus, please consult the map outside the driveway entrance to the Security Office located in Hopkins Hall on Main Street (Rte. 2), next to the Thompson Memorial Chapel, or visit: williams.edu/home/campusmap. For more info: music.williams.edu, 413-597-3146.