Concert and Chamber Choirs

Concert and Chamber Choirs

The Williams College Department of Music presents a concert of the Williams Concert Choir and the Williams Chamber Choir in Thompson Memorial Chapel on the Williams campus on Saturday, November 5 at 8 p.m.  This free event is open to the public. Seats in the Chapel are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, no tickets are necessary.

In a concert that includes vocal music of Bruckner, Kreek, and Whitacre, the Concert Choir also performs the Requiem by Herbert Howells. The English composer Howells, a friend and contemporary of Ralph Vaughan Williams, was born in 1892. His life spanned trying times, both historically and personally. His best known works could be described as elegiac, monuments to friends killed  in war and for his nine year old son, a victim of polio.  His Requiem for unaccompanied voices was begun in 1932, three years before the death of his son, and was published in 1981 in his memory.

The Chamber Choir performs Kyrie by Josef Rheinberger; Gloria (from Missa da beata virginel) by Josquin des Prez; Videntes Stellam, and O Magnum Mysterium, by Francis Poulenc; From an Unknown Past (excerpts) by Ned Rorem; and Love by Rodney Sharman.

Williams College has long had a fine tradition of music performance in its choral ensembles. Brad Wells, director of vocal activities, has helped that tradition flourish. 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.

Concert Choir

Requiem Herbert Howells
Christus factus est  Anton Bruckner
Psalms  Cyrillus Kreek
Sleep  Eric Whitacre

Chamber Choir

Kyrie  Josef Rheinberger
Gloria  (from Missa da beata virginel)  Josquin des Prez
From an Unknown Past (excerpts)  Ned Rorem
Love  Rodney Sharman