Marathon of Music Day One

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12/12/2010 - 1:30pm - 8:30pm

Times are approximate.  Running List

Individual Programs Below

Students of the following instructors:
1:30 – 2:15      Floyd Hebert – flute
2:15 - 2:30       Scott Smedinghoff – piano
2:30 – 3:00      Stephen Walt – chamber winds
3:00 – 4:00      Joana Genova – violin
4:00 – 5:00      Doris Stevenson – piano
5:15 – 6:15      Joanna Kurkowicz – violin
6:15 – 7:00      Ronald Feldman – chamber
7:00 – 7:30      TBD
7:30 – 8:30      Scott Woolweaver – viola
8:30 – 10:00    Cosmas Maguya, mbira

The Williams College Department of Music introduces a new end of semester extravaganza entitled Marathon of Music on Sunday, Dec. 12 and Monday, Dec. 13 from 1:30 to 10:00 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. There will be food for sale in the lobby all day by That’s a Wrap. These free events are open to the public.

There is very little good one can say about the economic climate at the moment.  Especially for artists and the arts, everyone has to get by with less. However, sometimes a general reconsideration of how things are done forces people to sit down and figure out how to make things better with fewer resources. Though that is not always possible, there are times when less actually can be more.

Williams students and faculty in the music department have come up with a plan that offers a bumper crop of music.  In fact, there is as much music as there ever was: by compressing recitals and class concerts into just two days, the Marathon of Music offers listeners a chance to pick and choose over the course of those two days which performances to enjoy.

Day One of the Marathon of Music features the first half of over a dozen concerts, starting at 1:30 pm.  Every hour brings a new concert, the last of which starts at 8:30 p.m. Starting the day, flautist Floyd Hebert’s students take the stage, followed by bassoonist Stephen Walt’s chamber winds, violinists from the studio of violinist Joana Genova, pianists taught by Doris Stevenson, violinists of Joanna Kurkowicz, chamber music groups coached by Ronald Feldman, and violists of Scott Woolweaver.  

The final concert of the day features Cosmas Magaya, leader of the mbira ensemble Mhuri yekwaMagaya.  Magaya has been an avid student and player of mbira dzaVadzimu from the time he was eight. Mr. Magaya is a master of the instrument, having studied with many great players. He has performed with the renowned Mhuri yekwa Rwizi mbira group for over 25 years, participating with them in concert tours of Europe and the US. He was instrumental in the writing of Paul Berliner's The Soul of Mbira in the 1970s, and continues to work closely with Dr. Berliner as a consultant on Zimbabwean music..

The second half of the Marathon of Music convenes the next day, Monday December 13 at 1:30 pm.  Launching from the starting line are the students of Ileana Perez, presenting their compositions from the course Music Tech Pop Composition.  This is followed by vocal performances by the students of Kerry Ryer-Parke.  Jazz students under the tutelage of Avery Sharpe then take the stage followed by vocal students of Erin Nafziger and guitar students of Rob Phelps. From the studio of Liz Wright a recital of piano music is then scheduled as well as the cello students of Ronald Feldman and Nathaniel Parke.

The students and their instructors hope that the new structure encourages listeners to come and enjoy more than one concert. There is no doubt that the Marathon will make musicians break a sweat, but for the audience this is a chance to sit back, relax and enjoy a wonderful selection of music at Williams.

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