Faculty Recital: Ronald Feldman, cello

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10/02/2010 - 8:00pm


General Admission Tickets available when house opens at 7:30pm.

The Williams College Department of Music presents Ronald Feldman in a cello recital on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.

Feldman will be joined by his brother Jonathan Feldman, piano;  Ed Lawrence, harpsichord; and David Kealhofer '13, cello as well as jazz musicians Freddie Bryant, guitar; Andy Jaffe, piano; and Marty Jaffe, bass.

Music is a cosmic super glue that connects and binds everyone involved: composers, performers, listeners.  The exciting thing about music at Williams is that the intense interaction of people and music, free of constraints, allows special connections to be forged as they are nowhere else.

Ronald Feldman, cellist, conductor and musicians-musician is an artist who loves to connect the dots in original and congenial ways. His latest performance continues his exploration of the cello for which he draws upon the knowledge, energy and experience of family and colleagues, all creative musicians of rare insight and depth.  A former cellist with the Boston Symphony and conductor of the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra, he is an artist who understands connections.

In turn, these musicians bring yet more welcome contributors: composers who, for their own times, also thought outside the box.  Chopin, a musical phenomenon born 200 years ago, is as distinctive today as he was revolutionary then.  Nocturne in C# minor and the Etude in D minor, opus 25 by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) will be performed in the original piano version as well as the transcriptions for cello and piano by Glazunov and Piatagorsky. Brother Jonathan Feldman, head of the Collaborative piano faculty at Juilliard and pianist for the New York Philharmonic, will perform Etude No. 7 in D Minor. A surprise guest pianist will perform the C# minor Nocturne.  Were his skills as a soloist not enough, Mr. Feldman also has the opportunity to exercise his inner chamber musician, joining brother Ronald for the Debussy Sonata for Cello and Piano and Phantasiestück by Robert Schumann.

Harpsichord player Ed Lawrence and Williams student cellist David Kealhofer form the continuo pair collaborating with Ronny Feldman for the Sonata #2 by Francesco Saverio Geminiani, a chance to hear the magical mix of the cello with continuo.

As if this cake needed icing, Ron Feldman plays Lamentos by the Brazilian composer known as Pixinguinha, who is known for his work in a jazz idiom.  Concorde is a piece by John Lewis, legendary bop pianist and composer. Joining Mr. Feldman on the stage are his colleagues, Andy Jaffe and Freddie Bryant.  Mr. Jaffe work as bassist, arranger, composer and big band leader infuse this gathering with a source of energy that is sure to please. In this setting, his piano playing and arranging take the fore. A guitarist of unparalleled creativity and sensitivity, Mr. Bryant brings his vast experience and insight to the proceedings, informed by his extensive travel and experience with music of different cultures.  To drive home the point that music is a remarkable super glue, the ensemble is underscored by the talented bassist Marty Jaffe, son of Andy.

Tying together all of these elements seems daunting, at least on paper.  But, Mr. Feldman is a master at pulling off such balancing acts – with flair.

Ronald Feldman is artist in residence in orchestral/instrumental music, and coordinator of student string chamber music here at Williams College.  After a long career in the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s cello section starting in 1967 at the age of nineteen, Mr. Feldman has gone on to receive critical acclaim for a wide variety of musical achievements. Formerly music director and conductor of the Worcester Symphony Orchestra and of the Boston new music ensemble Extension Works, Ronald Feldman was also music director and conductor of the New England Philharmonic for five seasons. In 1991 he and the Berkshire Symphony were awarded the American Symphony Orchestra League’s ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music.  He continues to be an active cellist, conductor, and a member of the Williams Chamber Players.

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