Williams Chamber Players
The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Chamber Players in a concert on Friday, March 10 at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.
The Williams Chamber Players present a program with Romantic piano quartets by Turina and Faure, as well as a work for cello and piano by Beethoven. Starting the program is a piece by Tania Leon, about Yemanja, a sea goddess, mother figure, and patron spirit of women. “Oh Yemanja,” (Mother’s Prayer) is from the opera, Scourge of Hyacinths, and features soprano Kerry Ryer-Parke, joined by Nathaniel Parke, cello, and Doris Stevenson, piano. (Composer Tania Leon will also be at Williams as a Class of 1960’s lecturer, offering a free public lecture on Thursday, March 2 at 4:15 p.m in room 30 of the Bernhard Music Center.)
Nathaniel Parke and Doris Stevenson remain on stage to perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Seven Variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen” for Cello and Piano. Fans of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” will recognize the lovingly developed theme in this great work Beethoven.
Joaquin Turina’s Piano Quartet in A Minor op. 67 is evocative of the composer’s home, and the musical traditions of Seville and the south of Spain. Joanna Kurkowicz, violin, Ah Ling Neu, viola, Nathaniel Parke, cello, and Doris Stevenson, piano, bring Turina’s folkloric vision to life.
After an intermission the quartet return to perform another Romantic era work, Gabriel Faure’s Piano Quartet in C Minor, op. 15. This harmonically innovative work is full of warmth and optimism and is considered to be one of Faure’s best loved works.
The Williams Chamber Players is a faculty chamber ensemble that presents concerts for the college and community throughout the academic year. Repertoire for concerts is drawn from the standard chamber music with special attention to music of the 20th and 21st centuries, and to music by Williams composers. Musicians are normally drawn from the ranks of artists in residence, artist associates, and other faculty members and visiting artists at Williams.
The Williams Chamber Players was founded in 1999 and is coordinated by Doris Stevenson.