WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Chamber Players in concert on Friday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.
Williams performance faculty offer an exciting program in various chamber groupings, presenting classical, romantic, early modern and contemporary works that showcase the versatility and musical command of these master musicians.
Benjamin Britten's Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings op. 2
Performed by oboist Carl Jenkins,
violinist Joana Genova, violist Ah ling Neu and cellist Nathaniel Parke
Composed when Britten was just 19 years old, the name "Phantasy" refers to the form of the piece which is sonata-like, but in a single movement. This form played a prominent role in English music in the 1600s.
Ernst von Dohnányi Serenade
for String Trio in C Major op. 1
Performed by violinist Joanna Kurkowicz, violist Ah ling Neu
and cellist Ronald Feldman
Dohnányi was born 1877 in Hungary, and was a prolific composer from the end of the 19th century right into the middle of the 20th. His musical style reflects the century of his birth, which meant that his work was often neglected in the modern era.
Kenji Bunch's Concerto
for Piano Trio and Percussion
Performed by pianists Joana Genova, Nathaniel Parke and Elizabeth
Wright, and percussionists Matt Gold
and Conor Meehan
Born 1973 in Portland, Ore., Bunch is a violist and composer with an open musical mind. His composition is unabashedly modern, as he zealously transforms the music that a young American hears in the concert hall or on the car radio into something very energetic and very exciting.
Ludwig van Beethoven's Trio
in D Major op 70 No. 1
Performed by pianists Joanna Kurkowicz, Ronald Feldman
and Elizabeth Wright
Often known by its nickname, "Ghost," a reference to its association to a project that Beethoven might have been working on. An opera based on "Macbeth" unfortunately did not come to fruition, but Beethoven's musical inspiration did not go to waste.
The Williams Chamber Players is a resident performance faculty chamber music ensemble at Williams. The ensemble offers performers and audiences the opportunity to explore chamber music over a range of periods and styles.
Distinguished performance faculty share the joy of making music together to the delight of student and community audiences.
Chapin Hall is located at 54 Chapin Hall Dr. For more information: music.williams.edu.