Concert and Chamber Choirs

Concert Choir & Chamber Choir
La musica de España

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 10 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.

This latest vocal concert by the combined Williams choirs is titled La musica de España: music about Spain or by Spanish composers. The program is the inspiration of visiting director Katie Gardiner who is using her residency to work with a large group of talented singers, “I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Concert and Chamber Choirs at Williams College for the fall 2012 semester.”  Ms. Gardiner holds bachelors and masters degrees in music education from the Hartt School of Music and a master of music in choral conducting from the Eastman School of Music.

Joining the Williams Chamber Choir on Romancero Gitano by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968) is guitarist Robert Phelps, who is Artist Associate in Guitar at Williams. Later in the program Mr. Phelps is featured with the Williams Concert Choir on Desvelado Dueno Mio by Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco (1644-1728) and is joined by Berkshire Symphony Solo Competition winner David Kealhofer ‘13, cello. The Williams Concert Choir also performs pieces by Busto, Encina, Guerrero, Victoria, Stroope, Hatfield, and Harris.

The program presented the performers with new challenges, and Ms. Gardiner reached out to the wider college community to prepare of such a demanding program. While familiarity with the Spanish language is widespread, the specialized knowledge of singing Spanish is not. For extra help, Ms. Gardiner consulted with Chair and Associate Professor of Romance Languages Prof. Soledad Fox. Coaching in Spanish pronunciation and translations were also provided by Maria Alverez. Ms. Gardiner’s fellow vocal director, Richard Gard also contributed his translations of the poetry of Lorca.

Presented in the warm surroundings of Thompson Memorial Chapel, which is a place renowned for its wonderful acoustics, La musica de España is a concert for every lover of vocal music.