Berkshire Symphony

Berkshire Symphony
Student Soloists Gala

S042116 Student Soloists CAL

Michael Chen ’18 and Stephen Ai ’18, piano
Poulenc – Concerto for Two Pianos – Allegro ma non troppo

Claire Leyden ’16, soprano
J. Strauss – Frühlingsstimmen, op. 410

Scott Daniel ’17, violin
Sibelius – Violin Concerto in D Minor – Adagio

Nathaniel Vilas ’17, piano
Grieg – Piano Concerto in A minor – Allegro molto moderato


The Williams College Department of Music presents the Berkshire Symphony in concert on Thursday, April 21, at 8 p.m. There is a pre-concert talk with conductor Ronald Feldman and student soloists before the concert at 7:15 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, adjacent to the main venue. Both of these events are free and open to the public.

This gala concert in magnificent Chapin Hall is the final performance of season for the Berkshire Symphony and features some of Williams’ finest music students. The orchestra features winners of the Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Competition. The piano duo of Michael Chen ’18 and Stephen Ai ’18 present a movement from Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos. Soprano Claire Leyden ’16, sings Frühlingsstimmen by Johannes Strauss. Violinist Scott Daniel ’17 performs the adagio from Sibelius’s Violin Concerto in D Minor. Nathaniel Vilas ’17, piano plays a movement from the Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor.

The Berkshire Symphony rounds out the program with Claude Debussy’s La Mer, a work written at the turn of the last century that evokes the moods and feelings of a force of nature that fascinated the composer: the sea.

About Ronald Feldman

Conductor Ronald Feldman is twice the winner of the American Symphony League’s ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music. He has achieved critical acclaim for his work as conductor and cellist.

About the Berkshire Symphony

A very special orchestra, the Berkshire Symphony offers an extraordinary opportunity for both student and professional musicians, as well as the audience. By pairing students with their teachers and mentors throughout the rehearsal period and the season, Williams 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.

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