Concert Choir & Chamber Choir
The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Concert Choir and the Williams Chamber Choir. The program is titled, “Swiss modern: Frank Martin’s monumental a cappella Mass for Double Choir.” The concert is held in Chapin Hall on the Williams campus on Friday, May 9 at 8 p.m. This free event is open to the public.
Led by director Brad Wells, the combined choirs present one the modern masterpieces of a cappella choral music, Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir. Surprisingly, Swiss composer Martin, who wrote the work in 1922, was uncertain of its worth, keeping it secret until a first performance in 1962. It has since become one of the pillars of the choral repertoire and a beloved mass setting for choirs and audiences worldwide.
About Williams Concert and Chamber Choirs
Williams College has long had a fine tradition of music performance in its choral ensembles. Director Bradley Wells has helped that tradition flourish. The choral program has much to offer students interested in singing with performances throughout the year and a wide range of repertoire, as well as recordings and tours.
About Bradley Wells
Conductor, singer, and composer Bradley Wells directs the choral program, oversees and teaches studio voice, and leads courses in conducting, arranging and voice science and style. Mr. Wells is also founder and director of Roomful of Teeth, a professional vocal ensemble dedicated to creating new music and 2014 winner of a Grammy for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.