Percussion Ensemble

Williams Percussion Ensemble
"Pattern Recognition"

Matthew Gold, director

The Williams Percussion Ensemble, directed by Matthew Gold, will give a concert on Friday, April 18 at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.

The ensemble presents a concert of new and classic works for percussion exploring the interaction of rhythm, structure, and movement in diverse media, featuring Steve Reich’s masterwork Sextet. The ensemble will be joined by Dance Company performing a new dance to John Cage’s First Construction (in Metal). Inspired by President Theodore Roosevelt’s famous catch-phrase, David T. Little’s Speak Softly is a highly rhythmic  and visually compelling work for “percussionists playing sticks of varying bigness.” The program also features the premiere performance of ensemble member Brian Simalchik’s ‘10 The Light is Electric.

Employing a nearly limitless battery of percussion instruments, the Williams Percussion Ensemble explores cutting edge new music, masterworks of the second half of the twentieth century, experimental music, and music from around the globe.  Performances feature the use of all manner of percussion instruments as well as homemade objects, found sounds, and electronics.  In addition to music for percussion alone, the group presents works for mixed ensembles and new and experimental music for other instruments, and has often worked directly with composers.  The ensemble also collaborates with artists in other media, especially visual, in order to explore the connections between different types of sound, form, image, and movement.

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