Concert and Chamber Choirs

Williams Chamber Choir
in Williams College Museum of Art

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Chamber Choir under the direction of Brad Wells on Friday, April 19 at 4 p.m. and Saturday, April 20 at 4:00 p.m. in the Williams College Museum of Art. These free events are open to the public.

The Williams Chamber Choir is a mixed, sixteen-voice group. Williams College has a long tradition of choral music performance and the Chamber Choir’s performances in this venue are especially memorable. These concerts bring together two composers who don’t always make it on the same program: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) and Arvo Pärt (b. 1935). Separated by centuries, the composers share common ground in the western tradition of sacred choral music. However, the composers use the human voice with contrasting results. Bach, whose music is considered to have been at the pinnacle of Baroque music, is a composer of intricacy, movement, and resolution. Pärt, an Estonian of this century, ascribes to a minimalist style which is more in line with traditions of sacred music that preceded Bach. The Williams Chamber Choir presents these differences in the museum’s historic Rotunda — a serene setting with impeccable acoustics.