Senior Recital: Noah Fields, viola and Leo Brown, violin

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Facility: 
Chapin Hall
Time: 
05/17/2011 - 7:00pm

           

Program - Hot off the presses

They refuse to tell me what they plan to play but I'm sure it's some really cool classical and possible not so classical composers. Maybe even some Phish. Or Janice Joplin. I do know that Scott Woolweaver will join them. No idea if anyone else is. They won't tell me that either. They like to surprise and shock. They surprise sometimes. They are still working on the shock part as I'm pretty hard to shock. They have recently decided to join the ranks of naked string players practicing in the Bernhard practice rooms. Distracting? Yes. But still not shocking.

They may possibly play music by J.S. Bach, Niccolo Paganini, Frank Bridge, Sato Matsui ’14, Marcos Balter, and Jacob Walls ‘11. I believe they will be joined by violist Scott Woolweaver.

5/8: The plot thickens. According to Jacob Walls: Not that it's your job to track down what Leo and Noah are playing, but I've figured some of it out. The Bach is what we played last night with Student Symphony but probably all three movements. I think they're finding string players to have a mini-orchestra of a few people. I'm writing a solo piece for Noah that I haven't started and doesn't have a title, you could ask Sato about hers, and Marcos Balter is the thing Noah played on Puente Sonoro and Iota.

5/12: More information! From their Facebook invitation:

mud wrestling in chapin

we invite you to A SENIOR {noah fields/leo brown} RECITAL

on the docket:
-unbridled passion
-reckless abandon
-deep, probing sensitivity
-verve
-panache

-refreshments to follow (details forthcoming)

5/14: Chaz Lee's recital has just ended. (If you missed it, you missed something wonderful but I digress.) Chatting with Scott Smedinghoff afterwards, we were commiserating about how much is coming up and that we will both celebrate the end of a long weekend on Tuesday evening. I then realized he said Tuesday evening. "Are you playing Tuesday evening?" "Yes - I'm playing for Leo and Noah's concert." AHA! Another piece to the puzzle! Some of the music will feature Scott Smedinghoff as a collaborative pianist!

5/15: In fact, Scott was speaking about midweek. So it seems that there will be no piano on the concert unless there actually is.

5/17: 4:12pm - There seems to be a strong likelihood that they will both play the pieces they played on the Marathon of Music. As Leo said - it wouldn't make sense not to, right? Leo played on Joana Genova's studio. Noah, of course, played on Scott Woolweaver's.

5:15pm - Sato has finished her piece and is still trying to name it. Jacob is currently taking his music out of the refrigerator. Then - they PROMISE to give the program. Stay tuned. Pun intended.

6:00pm - the program is posted!

6:15pm - Just passed David Kealhofer in the halls. I asked if he was playing tonight. "Maybe" "Maybe? The concert is in 45 minutes!" "Probably." I guess we'll have to wait and see...

915pm - So worth the wait. They did a beautiful job. Jenny's BLOG - over and out.

Leo Brown hails from Schenectady, New York and has played the violin since he was five years old. On campus, he has performed with the Student Symphony, Berkshire Symphony, and Williams Symphonic Winds. Brown is a student of Joana Genova and has studied with Joanna Kurkowicz, Betty Jean Hagen, Michael Emery, Christopher Neubert, and Barbara Lapidus. He is majoring in American Studies and Russian. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to spend a year abroad in Russia. His current life plan is to pursue knowledge, achieve balance, appreciate family and friends, and keep things in perspective.

Noah Fields, a 2011 Berkshire Symphony soloist surprised to find himself graduating, is from Rochester, New York where he was home-schooled and played with the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. While he originally played the violin, he thought his only way to get to really play anywhere was to switch to the viola. Apparently it worked. He played in 28 1/2 ensembles at Williams College. He will graduate with a degree in English Literature. He studies with Scott Woolweaver and his favorite place to hang out is Jenny's office. If anyone would like to contribute to his retirement fund, please email him.

Jenny Dewar is going to miss these two stupendously smart and talented jokers and more than she can possibly express.

The real press release:

The Williams College Department of Music will present a senior recital featuring violinist Leo Brown and violist Noah Fields on Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus. Seating will be on the stage. This free event is open to the public.

They will be play music by J.S. Bach, Niccolo Paganini, Frank Bridge, Sato Matsui ’14, Marcos Balter, and Jacob Walls ‘11. They will be joined by violist Scott Woolweaver.

Leo Brown hails from Schenectady, New York and has played the violin since he was five years old. On campus, he has performed with the Student Symphony, Berkshire Symphony, and Williams Symphonic Winds. Brown is a student of Joana Genova and has studied with Joanna Kurkowicz, Betty Jean Hagen, Michael Emery, Christopher Neubert, and Barbara Lapidus. He is majoring in American Studies and Russian. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to spend a year abroad in Russia. His current life plan is to pursue knowledge, achieve balance, appreciate family and friends, and keep things in perspective.

Noah Fields, a 2011 Berkshire Symphony soloist surprised to find himself graduating, is from Rochester, New York where he was home-schooled and played with the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. While he originally played the violin, he thought his only way to get to really play anywhere was to switch to the viola. Apparently it worked. He played in 28 1/2 ensembles at Williams College. He will graduate with a degree in English Literature. He studies with Scott Woolweaver. If anyone would like to contribute to his retirement fund, please email him.

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