I/O New Music

I/O Fest – Kate Soper’s “Here Be Sirens”

At 7 p.m. there will be a pre-concert talk/discussion with Kate Soper, Iva Dee Hiatt Assistant Professor of Music, Smith College, and Alison Case, Professor of English, Chair of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Williams College.

Here Be Sirens is an opera in one act, book and music by Kate Soper, performed by Fresh Squeezed Opera. Here Be Sirens blends beautiful music, terrifying noise, screwball comedy, and Aristotelian tragedy to present the mythological sirens as real beings, invested in their own origins and obsessed with the possibility of escape from the tedium of endless irresistible desire.

Like all of the events at the I/O Fest, the pre-concert talk is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and offered on a first come first served basis.

“Erudite, hilarious, furiously inventive”
– Alex Ross, The New Yorker

“Brainy, baffling, consistently astounding… Irresistable allure… Remarkable”
– Steve Smith, New York Times

Kate Soper: Here Be Sirens

Victoria Benson, soprano, “Polyxo”
Claire Myers McCormick, soprano, “Peitho”
Devony Smith, soprano, “Phaino”

Amber Treadway, Director
Matthew Wasser, Projection Design
Liene Dobraja, Costume Design


About I/O Fest
The I/O Fest is the Williams College Department of Music’s annual immersion in the music of now. Over the course of four days and nights performers and audiences take a deep dive into new and adventurous music from around the world and down the street. Performances, talks, and workshops are held in the ’62 Center for Theatre & Dance and The Clark Art Institute, with a special interest in unconventional spaces and modes of performance. I/O Fest 2018 features composer/performer Kate Soper, in residence for a performance of her landmark chamber opera Here Be Sirens by guest ensemble Fresh Squeezed Opera, and performances by the I/O Ensemble, IOTA, and an array of Williams faculty, students, alumni, and guests.

Kate Soper’s residency and Here Be Sirens is presented with generous support from the Williams College Classics Department, English Department, Comparative Literature Program, the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures & Cultures, The Lecture Committee, and The Oakley Center for Humanities and Social Sciences.