Calendar

November 2017

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Master Class - Amernet String Quartet
4:15 PM|Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall

The Williams College Department of Music presents a master class featuring talented Williams music students performing for the visiting artists of the Amernet String Quartet. These performance/coaching sessions are in a group setting and are open to the public.

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Amernet String Quartet
8:00 PM|Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall

The Williams College Department of Music welcomes the Amernet String Quartet as a part of its ongoing Visiting Artists series. Praised for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by The New York Times, the Amernet has garnered recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets and are Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami. The Amernet String Quartet has always been committed to the music of our time and has commissioned works from many of today’s leading composers; it also actively advocates for neglected works of the past and aims to enliven the concert experience through its innovative programming.

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Prof. Michael Veal
4:15 PM|Bernhard Music Center Room 30

Williams College Department of Music hosts Prof. Michael Veal of Yale University. He gives a lecture titled "Chaos or Curvelinearity: Digital Architecture and Deformations of the Africanist Grid in the The Late Music of John Coltrane." on Fri. Nov. 3 at 4:15 p.m. in room ...

Concert Choir & Chamber Choir
8:00 PM|Chapin Hall

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Concert Choir and the Williams Chamber Choir conducted by Brad Wells in Chapin Hall on the Williams campus on Friday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m.  This free event is open to the public.

The choral program has much to offer students interested in singing, with a number of performances throughout the year, a wide range of repertoire, recordings and tours.

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Vocalist Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan
8:00 PM|Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall

The Williams College Department of Music presents vocalist Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan on Monday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. Vocalist and master of Indian classical music, Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan is also known for his rich repertoire ...

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MIDWEEKMUSIC in the Chapel
12:15 PM|Thompson Memorial Chapel

Bring a friend, bring your lunch, and enjoy our popular midday and midweek concert series. A musical sampler, every week offers up a mixture of traditional fare, with exciting accents of the unexpected. Williams student musicians value the informal atmosphere of MIDWEEKMUSIC and they use it to workshop their pieces, try out something new, show off something that doesn’t fit in other concert formats, or just to have some fun. Instructors are encouraged to have their students present themes together, and the impromptu mini-lecture can also be part of the enjoyment.

Relaxed and informal, MIDWEEKMUSIC is a chance for everyone to share the music in beautiful Thompson Memorial Chapel. Works for organ are often featured in this concert.

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Master Class - Patricia Shands, clarinet; Sally Pinkas, piano
4:15 PM|Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall

The Williams College Department of Music presents a master class featuring talented Williams music students performing for visiting artists Patricia Shands, clarinet and Sally Pinkas, piano. These performance/coaching sessions are in a group setting and are open to the public.

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Patricia Shands, clarinet; Sally Pinkas, piano
8:00 PM|Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall

The Williams College Department of Music presents clarinetist Patricia Shands and pianist Sally Pinkas, Friday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.

This eclectic presentation gives an enticing glimpse at the history of the modern clarinet. Chronologically speaking, the program is bookended with Sonata No. 1 in F Minor (1894) by Johannes Brahms, and a premiere written by Williams faculty member Ileana Perez Velazquez in 2017. Other works offer an fascinating musical survey of the 20th century: Little Suite by Ernst Krenek, Sonatine by Günter Raphael, and Alban Berg's Vier Stücke. It is not entirely by coincidence that two newest works, Daichavo za Maiko by David Evan Jones, and the premiere by Ileana Perez Velazquez, occupy the same program. At Dartmouth Shands, Pinkas, Jones, and Perez-Velazquez have worked together. This rich collaboration expresses itself through the deep inspiration of the performers and of the composers.

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Gospel Choir
4:00 PM|Chapin Hall

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Gospel Choir on November 11 at 4 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams campus. This free event is open to the public.

The Williams Gospel Choir continues to be a force that uplifts and empowers students and community members alike with their powerful and soulful voices. Its members also continue to consider the historic significance of gospel and the special role it continues to play in the lives of people from all over the world.

Chamber Orchestra of Williams
8:00 PM|Chapin Hall

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.

Conducted by Abigail Soloway '18 the Chamber Orchestra of Williams performs Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins by J.S. Bach featuring Jeffrey Pearson '20 and Ben Mygatt '20, violins. Biber's Battalia and Pärt's Collage sur B-A-C-H round out the program.

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Blue Heron
8:00 PM|Chapin Hall

The vocal ensemble Blue Heron has been acclaimed by The Boston Globe as “one of the Boston music community’s indispensables” and hailed by Alex Ross in The New Yorker for the “expressive intensity” of its interpretations. Combining a commitment to vivid live performance with the study of original source materials and historical performance practices, Blue Heron ranges over a wide repertoire, including 15th-century English and Franco-Flemish polyphony, Spanish music between 1500 and 1600, and neglected early 16th-century English music.

Blue Heron is presented by the Williams College Department of Music with the generous support of the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Performing Arts Endowment.

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Prof. Jessie Ann Owens
4:15 PM|Bernhard Music Center Room 30

  The Williams College Department of Music presents Professor Jessie Ann Owens of UC Davis and her lecture on Tuesday, November 14, at 4:15 p.m. in Room 30 of the Bernhard Music Center, on the Williams College campus. This lecture is sponsored by the Class of 1960 ...

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Master Class - Yevgeny Kutik, violin
4:15 PM|Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall

The Williams College Department of Music presents a master class featuring talented Williams violin students performing for Yevgeny Kutik. These performance/coaching sessions are in a group setting and are open to the public.

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Kusika/Zambezi
8:00 PM|MainStage

Co-sponsored by the Dance and Music Departments, Kusika is an ensemble dedicated to performing dance, drumming, and storytelling from Africa and the African diaspora. Founded in 1992, 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 a truly unique ensemble.

Berkshire Symphony
8:00 PM|Chapin Hall

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Berkshire Symphony in concert on Friday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus. There is a pre-concert talk with conductor Ronald Feldman at 7:15 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, adjacent to the main venue.

In this concert the Berkshire Symphony presents Pastorale d’ete by Arthur Honneger, Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto with guest artist Yevgeny Kutik. Walter Piston's Serenata, as well as George Gershwin's American in Paris round out the program

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Kusika/Zambezi
8:00 PM|MainStage

Co-sponsored by the Dance and Music Departments, Kusika is an ensemble dedicated to performing dance, drumming, and storytelling from Africa and the African diaspora. Founded in 1992, 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 a truly unique ensemble.

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Piano Master Class - Bernard Rose
4:15 PM|Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall

Talented Williams pianists present a master class, guided by pianist Bernard Rose. Bernard Rose, a graduate of Columbia College and the Juilliard School, has performed as soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician across the country. He has toured the United States with the Young Concert Artists, served as ...

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Jazz Voice Studio Recital
7:30 PM|Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall

Students from the studio of Samirah Evans present an evening of great standard tunes.

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MIDWEEKMUSIC
12:15 PM|Chapin Hall

Bring a friend, bring your lunch, and enjoy our popular midday and midweek concert series. Relaxed and informal, MIDWEEKMUSIC is a chance for everyone to share the music while seated on the Chapin Hall stage.

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Violin and Viola Studio Recital
5:00 PM|Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall

Enjoy a late afternoon performance of classical solo works for violin and for viola by talented Williams string students.