Faculty RecitalRonald Feldman, cello; Doris Stevenson, piano
The Williams College Department of Music presents cellist Ronald Feldman together with pianist Doris Stevenson on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. This free event is open to the public.
This faculty recital features Ronald Feldman, joined by friends and colleagues, playing music for cello, and demonstrating his unbridled love for the instrument. Mr. Feldman and fellow cellist Julie Reimann start the program with Chaconne, from Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004 for violin, specially arranged for cello duo. Calling pianist Doris Stevenson to the stage, Mr. Feldman performs Beethoven’s Sonata for Cello, op. 102, No. 2. In keeping with Mr. Feldman’s adventurous programming spirit, he presents a piece from 1954 by the American composer Lou Harrison, whose work is enjoying great attention this year, 100 years after his birth. For this he is joined by harpist Elizabeth Morse in a performance of Harrison’s Suite for Cello and Harp. Another composer of our own day, John Williams, is know for his popular film music, also has an extensive catalogue of works for solo instruments. “Eó Rossa” from The Five Sacred Trees is a wonderful contribution to the modern repertoire. Mr. Feldman and Ms. Stevenson close their program with the Chopin Sonata for Cello and Piano op. 65.
About Ronald Feldman
After a long career in the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s cello section starting in 1967 at the age of 19, Mr. Feldman has gone on to receive critical acclaim for a wide variety of musical achievements. Formerly music director and conductor of the Worcester Symphony Orchestra and of the Boston new music ensemble Extension Works, Mr. Feldman was also music director and conductor of the New England Philharmonic for five seasons. In 1991 he and the Berkshire Symphony were awarded the American Symphony Orchestra League’s ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music. He is currently the musical director of the Longwood Symphony and continues to be an active cellist, conductor, and member of the Williams Chamber Players.
About Doris Stevenson
Doris Stevenson is artist in residence in piano at Williams and has collaborated with Mr. Feldman for many years. Doris Stevenson has won lavish praise from critics and the public alike in performances around the world. She has soloed with the Boston Pops, played at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Salle Pleyel in Paris, Sala de Musica Arango in Bogota, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Her acute sensitivity and musicianship have made her a sought-after partner with some of the leading lights in string playing. She has performed with Gregor Piatigorsky, Ruggiero Ricci and Paul Tortelier, great players of the past. She was the first woman to perform Frederick Rzewski’s masterpiece, De Profundis for speaking pianist, which she brought to New York City to perform as a Williams in New York concert. Her many recordings include six major works by David Kechley, two by Ileana Velazquez Perez, the Saint Saens violin sonatas with Andres Cardenes, the complete Mendelssohn cello works with Jeffrey Solow, and the Brahms Sonatas with cellist Nathaniel Rosen. Her CD of Stravinsky rarities with violinist Mark Peskanov received a Grammy nomination. Ms. Stevenson taught for ten years at the University of Southern California and has been Lyell B. Clay Artist in Residence at Williams College since 1987.