Berkshire Symphony

The Berkshire Symphony is a 75-member symphonic orchestra comprising, in roughly equal proportions, Williams College music students, Williams music faculty members, and area professionals. The Symphony performs music by a range of composers, including Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and Wagner. Students are paired with their teachers and mentors throughout the rehearsal period and throughout the performance season. Seated this way, the students are exposed to a level of professionalism and discipline that is rare in an educational setting. At the same time, the students’ infectious enthusiasm contributes to the Berkshire Symphony’s remarkable energy and rich sound. Four concerts are presented each season. The goal is to expose students to a broad range of symphonic repertory, while maintaining a commitment to perform music by living and American composers.

Each of the five rehearsals before a concert allows students to perfect their ensemble and listening skills. Intonation, accurate rhythm, balance, and period style are all developed as students become familiar with important stylistic elements and performance practices associated with each composer.

Students compete in the Berkshire Symphony Soloist Competition for a chance to perform a solo in the Berkshire Symphony’s final concert of the season. This final concert also features new compositions by student composers.

The Berkshire Symphony was founded in 1946 and is directed by Ronald Feldman.

Membership in the Berkshire Symphony is by audition only.
Audition information for fall 2022 can be found on the OPEN HOUSE page.
The Berkshire Symphony generally has five rehearsals in the two weeks preceding each concert
Tuesday, 7:30-10:00pm
Thursday, 7:30-10:00pm

Performances

  • 10:08

    Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Gala - Alexandra Medeiros '20, Gabrielle Wolfe '20, pianos

    Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Gala - Alexandra Medeiros '20, Gabrielle Wolfe '20, pianos

    Berkshire Symphony Ronald Feldman, director Alexandra Medeiros '20, Gabrielle Wolfe '20, pianos Francis Poulenc (1899 – 1963) Concerto pour deux pianos in D Minor, FP 61 (1932) I. Allegro ma non troppo Chapin Hall Williams College Williamstown, MA USA April 29, 2022
    Berkshire Symphony Ronald Feldman, director Alexandra Medeiros '20, Gabrielle Wolfe '20, pianos Francis Poulenc (1899 – 1963) Concerto pour deux pianos in D Minor, FP 61 (1932) I. Allegro ma non troppo Chapin Hall Williams College Williamstown, MA USA April 29, 2022
  • 5:54

    Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Gala - Leah Rosenman '24, mezzo-soprano

    Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Gala - Leah Rosenman '24, mezzo-soprano

    Berkshire Symphony Ronald Feldman, director Leah Rosenman '24, mezzo-soprano Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695) Thy hand Belinda/When I am laid in earth Chapin Hall Williams College Williamstown, MA USA April 29, 2022
    Berkshire Symphony Ronald Feldman, director Leah Rosenman '24, mezzo-soprano Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695) Thy hand Belinda/When I am laid in earth Chapin Hall Williams College Williamstown, MA USA April 29, 2022
  • 9:35

    Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Gala - Hanbin Koo '22, flute

    Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Gala - Hanbin Koo '22, flute

    Berkshire Symphony Ronald Feldman, director Hanbin Koo '22, flute W.A. Mozart (1756 – 1791) Flute Concerto No. 2 in D Major, K.314 Allegro aperto Chapin Hall Williams College Williamstown, MA USA April 29, 2022
    Berkshire Symphony Ronald Feldman, director Hanbin Koo '22, flute W.A. Mozart (1756 – 1791) Flute Concerto No. 2 in D Major, K.314 Allegro aperto Chapin Hall Williams College Williamstown, MA USA April 29, 2022
  • 5:21

    Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Gala - Izaki Metropoulos '22, tenor

    Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Gala - Izaki Metropoulos '22, tenor

    Berkshire Symphony Ronald Feldman, director Izaki Metropoulos '22, tenor Gaetano Donizetti (1797 – 1848) Una Furtiva Lagrima Chapin Hall Williams College Williamstown, MA USA April 29, 2022
    Berkshire Symphony Ronald Feldman, director Izaki Metropoulos '22, tenor Gaetano Donizetti (1797 – 1848) Una Furtiva Lagrima Chapin Hall Williams College Williamstown, MA USA April 29, 2022
  • 9:27

    Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Gala - Sara Stebbins '24, soprano

    Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Gala - Sara Stebbins '24, soprano

    Berkshire Symphony Ronald Feldman, director Sara Stebbins '24, soprano Igor Stravinsky (1882 – 1971) “No Word from Tom,” from The Rake’s Progress Chapin Hall Williams College Williamstown, MA USA April 29, 2022
    Berkshire Symphony Ronald Feldman, director Sara Stebbins '24, soprano Igor Stravinsky (1882 – 1971) “No Word from Tom,” from The Rake’s Progress Chapin Hall Williams College Williamstown, MA USA April 29, 2022
  • 23:59

    Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Gala - Rebecca Christainsen '21, viola

    Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Gala - Rebecca Christainsen '21, viola

    Berkshire Symphony Ronald Feldman, director Rebecca Christainsen '21, viola Béla Bartók (1881 – 1945) Concerto for Viola and Orchestra I. Moderato II. Lento; Adagio religioso; Allegretto III. Allegro vivace Chapin Hall Williams College Williamstown, MA USA April 29, 2022
    Berkshire Symphony Ronald Feldman, director Rebecca Christainsen '21, viola Béla Bartók (1881 – 1945) Concerto for Viola and Orchestra I. Moderato II. Lento; Adagio religioso; Allegretto III. Allegro vivace Chapin Hall Williams College Williamstown, MA USA April 29, 2022
  • 23:39

    Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Gala - Christopher Chung '22, violin

    Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Gala - Christopher Chung '22, violin

    Berkshire Symphony Ronald Feldman, director Christopher Chung '22, violin Henri Vieuxtemps (1820 – 1881) Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Minor, op. 37 I. Allegro non troppo II. Adagio III. Allegro con fuoco Chapin Hall Williams College Williamstown, MA USA April 29, 2022
    Berkshire Symphony Ronald Feldman, director Christopher Chung '22, violin Henri Vieuxtemps (1820 – 1881) Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Minor, op. 37 I. Allegro non troppo II. Adagio III. Allegro con fuoco Chapin Hall Williams College Williamstown, MA USA April 29, 2022
  • 8:35

    Berkshire Symphony - Kaska & Stewart - "Sondheim Celebration"

    Berkshire Symphony - Kaska & Stewart - "Sondheim Celebration"

    Berkshire Symphony Ronald Feldman, director Kevin Kaska (b. 1972) and Louis Stewart (b. 1944) Sondheim Celebration (2020) **World Premiere** March 11, 2022 Chapin Hall Williams College Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA Dan Czernecki, recording Keith Forman, videography
    Berkshire Symphony Ronald Feldman, director Kevin Kaska (b. 1972) and Louis Stewart (b. 1944) Sondheim Celebration (2020) **World Premiere** March 11, 2022 Chapin Hall Williams College Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA Dan Czernecki, recording Keith Forman, videography
  • 36:05

    Berkshire Symphony - Mozart - Piano Concerto in C Major - Sara Davis Buechner, piano

    Berkshire Symphony - Mozart - Piano Concerto in C Major - Sara Davis Buechner, piano

    Berkshire Symphony Ronald Feldman, director Sara Davis Buechner, piano solo cadenza by Sara Davis Buechner W.A. Mozart (1756 – 1791) Piano Concerto in C Major K. 503 I. Allegro maestoso II. Andante III. Allegretto March 11, 2022 Chapin Hall Williams College Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA Dan Czernecki, recording Keith Forman, videography
    Berkshire Symphony Ronald Feldman, director Sara Davis Buechner, piano solo cadenza by Sara Davis Buechner W.A. Mozart (1756 – 1791) Piano Concerto in C Major K. 503 I. Allegro maestoso II. Andante III. Allegretto March 11, 2022 Chapin Hall Williams College Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA Dan Czernecki, recording Keith Forman, videography
  • 3:42

    Berkshire Symphony - Leonard Bernstein - "Danzon" from Three Dance Variations, from Fancy Free

    Berkshire Symphony - Leonard Bernstein - "Danzon" from Three Dance Variations, from Fancy Free

    Berkshire Symphony Ronald Feldman, director Leonard Bernstein (1918 – 1990) Three Dance Variations, from Fancy Free III. Danzon March 11, 2022 Chapin Hall Williams College Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA Dan Czernecki, recording Keith Forman, videography
    Berkshire Symphony Ronald Feldman, director Leonard Bernstein (1918 – 1990) Three Dance Variations, from Fancy Free III. Danzon March 11, 2022 Chapin Hall Williams College Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA Dan Czernecki, recording Keith Forman, videography
  • 24:59

    Berkshire Symphony - Leonard Bernstein - Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story”

    Berkshire Symphony - Leonard Bernstein - Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story”

    Berkshire Symphony Ronald Feldman, director Leonard Bernstein Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story” March 11, 2022 Chapin Hall Williams College Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA Dan Czernecki, recording Keith Forman, videography
    Berkshire Symphony Ronald Feldman, director Leonard Bernstein Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story” March 11, 2022 Chapin Hall Williams College Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA Dan Czernecki, recording Keith Forman, videography
  • 3:44

    Berkshire Symphony - Ukrainian National Anthem

    Berkshire Symphony - Ukrainian National Anthem

    Berkshire Symphony performance of Ukrainian National Anthem Ronald Feldman, director Chapin Hall, Williams College Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA Dan Czernecki, recording Keith Forman, videography
    Berkshire Symphony performance of Ukrainian National Anthem Ronald Feldman, director Chapin Hall, Williams College Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA Dan Czernecki, recording Keith Forman, videography
  • 4:26

    Berkshire Symphony - Giovanni Gabrieli Canzon septimi toni no. 2

    Berkshire Symphony - Giovanni Gabrieli Canzon septimi toni no. 2

    Berkshire Symphony Ronald Feldman, director Giovanni Gabrieli (c. 1556 – 1612) Canzon septimi toni no. 2 October 1, 2021 Williams College Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA
    Berkshire Symphony Ronald Feldman, director Giovanni Gabrieli (c. 1556 – 1612) Canzon septimi toni no. 2 October 1, 2021 Williams College Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA
  • 40:46

    Berkshire Symphony - Beethoven - Piano Concerto no 3 in C Minor, op. 37, Victor Rosenbaum, piano

    Berkshire Symphony - Beethoven - Piano Concerto no 3 in C Minor, op. 37, Victor Rosenbaum, piano

    Berkshire Symphony Ronald Feldman, director Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) Piano Concerto no. 3 in C Minor, op. 37 Victor Rosenbaum, piano I. Allegro con brio II. Largo III. Rondo – Allegro Victor Rosenbaum, piano October 1, 2021 Williams College Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA
    Berkshire Symphony Ronald Feldman, director Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) Piano Concerto no. 3 in C Minor, op. 37 Victor Rosenbaum, piano I. Allegro con brio II. Largo III. Rondo – Allegro Victor Rosenbaum, piano October 1, 2021 Williams College Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA