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The Musical Migrations of MFA Kera and Mike Russell

MFA Kera and Mike Russell, two musicians from the Berlin-based group Black Heritage, bring their music and life experiences of performing blackness. There is a series of events on October 16 and October 17, 2020 in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall and other venues on campus starting. Among the events are open classes, a master voice class,

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New Album – “When There is Peace” by Zachary Wadsworth

Prof. Zachary Wadsworth just released a  new album. Click here for more information. The album is currently streaming on Spotify and Apple Music, and can be purchased through iTunes, and other services. Commissioned and premiered by Chor Leoni, When There Is Peace marks the first work for the choir by Zachary Wadsworth. Premiered on the 100th anniversary of

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Professor W. Anthony Sheppard publishes “Extreme Exoticism” with Oxford University Press

Professor W. Anthony Sheppard’s new book Extreme Exoticism: Japan in the American Musical Imagination has been published by Oxford University Press.  Click here for a full description of the book including reviews. t

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Erin Nafziger and Paul La Rosa perform “The Weeping Woman”

Soprano Erin Nafziger, and baritone Paul La Rosa, Artist Associates in Voice, appeared recently in the opera The Weeping Woman by Michael Dilthey. Click here to enjoy.

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Veena Chandra awarded NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship

An Artist Fellowship in the category of Music/Sound has been awarded to Veena Chandra by the New York Foundation for the Arts/New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA/NYFA). The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship empowers her to “continue to create, promote, and preserve” musical tradition. “I feel blessed to have been playing Indian sitar music for

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Avery Sharpe – 400: An African American Musical Portrait

Bassist Avery Sharpe is releasing a recording 400: AN AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSICAL PORTRAIT which evokes the pain, hope, and triumph of the African American experience across four centuries. Among the music guests appearing on the album is fellow Williams faculty member Tendai Muparutsa, playing djembe. There are also two Williams students contributing their talents: violinists Kevin

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Professor Ileana Perez Velazquez – World Premiere with Seraphic Fire

Professor Ileana Perez Velazquez celebrated the world premiere of Tu, Paz Mia, a work commissioned by GRAMMY®-nominated vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire, a professional chorus based in Florida. William Jaume, Class of 1977, and member of the Seraphic Fire Board of Directors was first introduced to Prof. Perez Velazquez in 2017. Inspired by her work, a

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Brad Wells awarded Korn Founders Award by Chorus America

Brad Wells is the 2019 recipient of the Korn Founders Award. Named after one of the founders of Chorus America, this award was established in 1978 to honor an individual with a lifetime of significant contributions to the professional choral art. Brad Wells is the founder and director of Roomful of Teeth, a Grammy-winning eight-voice

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W. Anthony Sheppard named 2019 ACLS Susan McClary and Robert Walser Fellow in Music Studies

W. Anthony Sheppard, Marylin & Arthur Levitt Professor of Music, has been named the 2019 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Susan McClary and Robert Walser Fellow in Music Studies for his project entitled The Performer’s Voice: Timbre and Expression in Twentieth-Century Vocal Music. The American Council of Learned Societies is proud to announce the

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Joanna Kurkowicz, Radio Guest in Bennington Vermont

Artist in Residence in Violin Joanna Kurkowicz was a guest on the Bennington, Vermont radio station WBTN. Some of her latest recordings were presented on the program Listening Shires. Joanna also talked about her recordings, projects, teaching, students, and violin methods. To Listen: 1) go to http://wbtnam.us/imlogger/index.php 2) download: 8am and 9am  

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Williams Music Students at Intercollegiate Chamber Music Festival

Three chamber groups, a trio comprising Lucca Delcompare ’20, Megalan Tso ‘22, and Jake Eisner ’21, a trio consisting of Anna Strong Garcia ‘22, Helene Ryu ‘22, and Dalton Yu ’22, and duo pianists Qiana Yang ’19 and Dalton Yu ’22, were selected to take part in the third annual Intercollegiate Chamber Music Festival in New York

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2019 Berkshire Symphony Student Soloists Announced

The Williams College Department of Music is delighted to announce the results of the Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Competition for 2019! Sebastian Black ‘19, piano Bob Logan, collaborating pianist performing Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886) Totentanz   Angela Chan ‘19, pipa Dalton Yu ’22, collaborating pianist performing 草原小姐妹 (Little Sisters of the Grassland) 吴祖强 (Wu Zuqiang) (b. 1927) 王燕樵

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Roomful of Teeth Is Revolutionizing Choral Music

Brad Wells and Roomful of Teeth are making headlines again, along with Judd Greenstein ’01, this time in The New Yorker… Onward and Upward with the Arts February 11, 2019 Roomful of Teeth Is Revolutionizing Choral Music From death metal to throat singing to alpine yodelling, the experimental group is changing what it means to

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‘Try something new’ at annual I/O Fest

I/O Fest 2019 – Thursday January 10 – Sunday January 13   Read what the Berkshire Eagle has to say about I/O

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Joanna Kurkowicz records new Violin Concerto by Robert Groslot

A new CD on the Naxos label includes a violin concerto written and dedicated to Joanna Kurkowicz by Belgian composer Robert Groslot, recorded with the Brussels Philharmonic. An interview with Ms. Kurkowicz appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Fanfare Magazine. Ms. Kurkowicz is Lyell B. Clay Artist in Residence, Violin and Concertmaster, Berkshire Symphony at Williams. She

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Matthew Gold on WAMC: Michael Pisaro’s “A Wave And Waves”

Listen to Matthew Gold’s interview on WAMC about his upcoming performance at The Clark. Michael Pisaro’s A Wave and Waves performance on Sunday at 1p.m. at The Clark Art Museum in Williamstown, is a rare, deep listening experience in which listeners are immersed in an ocean of sound. Colossal percussive waves are created by layers

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Avery Sharpe and Kris Allen release new video

Avery Sharpe,  Artist Associate in Jazz Bass, and Co-Director of Small Jazz Ensembles and Kris Allen, the Lyell B. Clay Artist in Residence in Jazz Activities/Lecturer in Music, Director of the Jazz Ensemble have release their new video performed live in Studio 275 in the Sawyer Library. The saxophone/bass duo perform The Planet Whisperer, by Avery Sharpe.

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2018 Berkshire Symphony Student Soloists Announced!

The Williams College Department of Music is delighted to announce the results of the Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Competition for 2018! The panel has selected: Benjamin Mygatt ‘20, violin Robert Logan, collaborating pianist playing Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 – 1975) – Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, op. 99 – Burlesque: Allegro con brio   Calvin Ludwig ‘18, flute

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Vega, Leonard, Perform in Prof. Sheppard’s Course

Professor of music W. Anthony Sheppard recently invited two guest musicians, Suzanne Vega, an American singer-songwriter, and Gerry Leonard, an Irish lead guitarist who has worked extensively with David Bowie, to his “History of Rock” class. more

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Spring 2017 Student Recitals announced!

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