Berkshire Symphony

Berkshire Symphony

Ronald Feldman, conductor

The Berkshire Symphony Orchestra will give a concert on Friday, April 11, at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus. There will also be a pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall in Bernhard Music Center. This free event is open to the public.

This final concert of the season follows the annual tradition of featuring the winners of the Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Competition that was held in early February 2008. This event is a great showcase for the extraordinary talent at Williams College and is always a highlight of the season.

This year we have four soloists. They are Christine Bowman ’11, piano; Katie Palmer ’10, cello; Meng-Lun Hsieh ’08, piano; and Noah Lindquist ’08, piano. Their respective pieces are Macdowell’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor; Lalo’s Cello Concerto in D Minor; Saint-Saens’s Concerto No. 2 in G Minor; and Brahms’s Concerto No. 1 in D Minor.

The orchestra will also present the Brahms Hungarian Dances No. 5 and  Maurice Ravel’s Second Suite from Daphnis and Chloe.

The Berkshire Symphony is conducted by Ronald Feldman and includes nearly 70 members, half of whom are students and half of whom are professional musicians. The ensemble presents four major concerts each season. In addition to performing the great standards of  orchestral repertoire a recurring theme each year is the performance of contemporary works. Championing the works of living American composers has been an integral part of the mission of the Berkshire Symphony.

Musicians

Christine Bowman ’11, piano
Christine is a student of Ms. Doris Stevenson at Williams College, where she is considering a major in mathematics. While in high school, she performed as a soloist with the South Bend and LaPorte County symphony orchestras. In addition to playing the piano, Christine enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, downhill skiing, and sailing on Lake Michigan.

Meng-Lun Hsieh ’08, piano
Meng began playing piano at the age of six. She studied with Mrs. Tanya Gelman for eleven years and is currently studying with Ms. Doris Stevenson. She would like to thank her mom, dad, sister, friends, and Ms. Stevenson for all the help and support.

Noah Lindquist ’08, piano
Noah Lindquist is a senior, majoring in chemistry and music. He began playing piano at age of 9, and at age 13, enrolled in the Third Street Music School Settlement. After studying there with Mary Jo Pagano and later privately with Zitta Zohar (whom he continues to see), he came to Williams, where he has taken lessons with Doris Stevenson. A former winner of this competition, he performed the first movement of Schumann’s concerto in 2006.

I would like to thank Doris Stevenson, as well as my friends, family, and all who have helped and supported me throughout this process.

Katie Palmer ’09, cello
Katie has played cello for 11 years, studying with Lois Errante and Nathaniel Parke. In 2005, Katie served as principal cellist of Connecticut’s Western Regional and All-State Orchestras, and has received honors from the Stamford, Bridgeport, and Greenwich Symphonies. She would like to thank her parents, brother and sister for putting up with all the practicing, and her teachers past and present for their unending support.

The Berkshire Symphony is conducted by Ronald Feldman and includes nearly 70 members, half of whom are students and half of whom are professional musicians. The ensemble presents four major concerts each season. In addition to performing the great standards of  orchestral repertoire a recurring theme each year is the performance of contemporary works. Championing the works of living American composers has been an integral part of the mission of the Berkshire Symphony.