The Williams College Department of Music presents Duo Sureño on Friday, April 5 at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.
Duo Sureño is a collaboration first started in 1999 between guitarist Robert Nathanson and soprano Nancy King. Canadian soprano Nancy King is an active performer, teacher, guest lecturer, and Coordinator for Vocal Performance at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Robert Nathanson teaches classical guitar and music history at the University of North Carolina and is an active recitalist, orchestral soloist, and ensemble performer giving concerts throughout the United States, as well as Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, Austria, Slovenia, and Canada.
Duo Sureño presents a program of classical guitar and voice that spans over three hundred years. Works by Gaspar Sanz, Georg Frideric Handel, and Santiago de Murcia share the program with more modern composers such as Heitor Villa-Lobos and William Bolcom. Mr. Nathanson performs the first set of songs on a Baroque guitar that is a replica of an instrument built for the daughter of King Louis XIV in 1687. The duo also presents a new work by David Kechley titled Waking the Sparrows: Five Haiku Songs. Mr. Kechley, a prolific and celebrated composer, is professor of music at Williams and has collaborated before with Duo Sureño. Also on the program are selections from Dominick Argento’s song cycle, Letters from Composers including “WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART to a friend”; “FRANZ SCHUBERT to a friend” and, “JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH to the Town Council.” Dominick Argento is a renowned American composer who finds inspiration and lyrical text in unusual places. The concert concludes with selections from “Cabaret Songs” by William Bolcom, a congenial composer and Grammy winner who was named 2007 Composer of the Year by Musical America.