Chamber Orchestra of Williams

The Chamber Orchestra of Williams is a student-led, flexible-instrumentation ensemble dedicated to innovative programing and engaging performance experiences. Having long operated as a biennial winter study course, the orchestra emerged in 2017 as a fixture on the Williams campus, with regular programming throughout the academic year.

This concert features Richard Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll.

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Master Classes – Sezi Seskir, fortepiano & Lucy Russell, violin

The Williams College Department of Music presents a master class featuring talented Williams violin students performing for Lucy Russell, and keyboard students for Sezi Seskir. These performance/coaching sessions are in a group setting and are open to the public.

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Visiting Artist Series
Sezi Seskir, fortepiano & Lucy Russell, violin

The Williams College Department of Music is pleased to present Sezi Seski & Lucy Russell as part of its ongoing Visiting Artists Series. Classical music fans are offered a unique chance to hear a fortepiano and period violin, playing repertoire of the period.

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Club Zambezi Dance Party!

Everyone is invited to dance it up and feel the heat blazing from that fire we call Club Zambezi Dance Party!

If you’ve never been to the CZDP, you are in for a real treat. Bring yourself, bring a friend, bring a family to listen and dance to the amazing music of Zambezi Marimba Band. Zambezi has been inspired by traditional Zimbabwean music as well as contemporary African styles. Zambezi’s chromatic marimbas are hybrids, combining tempered tuning with a rich and buzzy African tone, making this group something truly unique.

Young and old can join the fun. Sweat optional. Smiles and laughter unavoidable.

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Jazz Faculty Concert

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Jazz Faculty Concert on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.

Included in the performance are a small group of Williams Jazz Faculty with special guests.

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Berkshire Symphony Soloist Competition

The annual Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Competition presents a program that includes music from various periods and genres. The competition is hosted by conductor of the Berkshire Symphony, Ronald Feldman.

The competition is open to Williams College students who have completed required instrumental or vocal studies, are enrolled in qualifying courses, and have been recommended by their instrumental or vocal teachers. Each may choose a movement from a concerto, a single-movement work, a concert or operatic aria, or song cycle for soloist and orchestra.

A distinguished panel of judges of professional musicians from outside the Williams community chooses the winners.

The competition winners will appear with the Berkshire Symphony in the final regular season concert on Friday April 20 in Chapin Hall.

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Recital for Berkshire Symphony Soloist Competition

This is the second of two recitals which give student musicians participating in the Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Competition an opportunity to play their pieces for an audience before their auditions.

The competition winners will appear with the Berkshire Symphony in the final regular season concert on Friday April 20 in Chapin Hall, a concert which showcases the remarkable talents of our Williams students.

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Visiting Artist Series
Sullivan Fortner Trio

Sullivan Joseph Fortner Jr. is a native New Orleanian who has already made a significant foray into the jazz world that belies his young age. He has studied and performed with many great musicians, including The Marsalis Family, Donald Harrison, Nicholas Payton, Billy Hart, Gary Bartz, Marcus Belgrave, The Jordan Family, Irvin Mayfield, Peter Martin, Dave Liebman, and a host of others.

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Recital for Berkshire Symphony Soloist Competition

This is the first of two recitals which give student musicians participating in the Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Competition an opportunity to play their pieces for an audience before their auditions.

The competition winners will appear with the Berkshire Symphony in the final regular season concert on Friday April 20 in Chapin Hall, a concert which showcases the remarkable talents of our Williams students.

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Williams Chamber Players

Williams College Department of Music presents Williams Chamber Players in a concert on Friday, Feb. 2, 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 the Mozart Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat Major, K. 493 (1786) Also on the program is the Arensky Piano Trio in D Minor, op. 32 (1894).

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Williams Opera Workshop

The Williams College Department of Music presents a performance by Williams Opera Workshop (WOW) on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.

Williams Opera Workshop is a project involving talented Williams student singers working together to prepare operatic scenes. This offers singers the opportunity to further develop skills in stage acting and character development while working as part of an ensemble. The workshop culminates in this final concert performance. Co-directed by Erin Nafziger and Keith Kibler.

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Marathon of Voices

The All-Night Marathon of Voices is a sunset to sunrise event in Thompson Memorial Chapel. Including vocalists and vocal groups from across the Williams community, this unique gathering is worth staying up for.

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I/O Fest – The Form of Space

Held each January in the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, the annual I/O Festival of New Music immerses audiences in the full spectrum of today’s most vital compositional trends. Over three days of new and adventurous music, the festival presents guest artists, the I/O Ensemble, and the student-run IOTA Ensemble in concert programs and additional events in unconventional public settings. I/O invites audiences to open their ears and minds and experience the music of now.

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I/Out Loud – All Ears
Presented by I/O Fest and Ephs Out Loud

A special one hour family event in which kids explore sound and create new music for live instruments. Presented by I/O Fest and Ephs Out Loud.

Held each January in the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, the annual I/O Festival of New Music immerses audiences in the full spectrum of today’s most vital compositional trends. Over three days of new and adventurous music, the festival presents guest artists, the I/O Ensemble, and the student-run IOTA Ensemble in concert programs and additional events in unconventional public settings. I/O invites audiences to open their ears and minds and experience the music of now.

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I/O Fest – Night Jams 2

Night Jams 2 is an informal session of new music, and some old.   About I/O Fest The I/O Fest is the Williams College Department of Music’s annual immersion in the music of now. Over the course of four days and nights performers and audiences take a deep dive into new and adventurous music from

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I/O Fest – IOTA Ensemble
“in the dead of night”

Held each January in the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, the annual I/O Festival of New Music immerses audiences in the full spectrum of today’s most vital compositional trends. Over three days of new and adventurous music, the festival presents guest artists, the I/O Ensemble, and the student-run IOTA Ensemble in concert programs and additional events in unconventional public settings. I/O invites audiences to open their ears and minds and experience the music of now.

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I/O Fest – Kate Soper’s “Here Be Sirens”

Held each January in the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, the annual I/O Festival of New Music immerses audiences in the full spectrum of today’s most vital compositional trends. Over three days of new and adventurous music, the festival presents guest artists, the I/O Ensemble, and the student-run IOTA Ensemble in concert programs and additional events in unconventional public settings. I/O invites audiences to open their ears and minds and experience the music of now.

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I/O Fest – Night Jams 1
"Inaudible Time"

Held each January in the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, the annual I/O Festival of New Music immerses audiences in the full spectrum of today’s most vital compositional trends. Over three days of new and adventurous music, the festival presents guest artists, the I/O Ensemble, and the student-run IOTA Ensemble in concert programs and additional events in unconventional public settings. I/O invites audiences to open their ears and minds and experience the music of now.

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I/O Fest – I/O Ensemble
"Anthem"

Held each January in the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, the annual I/O Festival of New Music immerses audiences in the full spectrum of today’s most vital compositional trends. Over three days of new and adventurous music, the festival presents guest artists, the I/O Ensemble, and the student-run IOTA Ensemble in concert programs and additional events in unconventional public settings. I/O invites audiences to open their ears and minds and experience the music of now.

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New Year - New Music
I/O Fest Overview

I/O FEST 2018 NEW YEAR…NEW MUSIC presented by the Williams College Department of Music January 11-13 ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance January 14  The Clark Institute of Art Matthew Gold, artistic director; Leonard Bopp ‘19, student director; Kate Soper, composer in residence; Fresh Squeezed Opera, guest ensemble   All events are FREE and open to

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