Williams Chamber Players
The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Chamber Players in their first concert of the season, Friday, Sept. 5, at 8:00 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.
Williams Chamber Players offers selections of chamber music old and new, vocal and instrumental. Soprano Erin Nafziger will open the concert with a beautiful aria from Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni in the character of Donna Elvira, one of Giovanni’s conquests. Bass-baritone Keith Kibler presents a group of songs featuring legendary villains like Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Schumann’s Lorelei, Schubert’s Erlkönig, and Gounod’s Faust.
Annie Gosfield’s work Uphill Slides and Knockdown Dives (2005) will be presented by Matthew Gold, percussion, and Nathaniel Parke, cello. Ms. Gosfields’s work is inspired by diverse sources such as machines, destroyed pianos, warped 78 records, and detuned radios.
A composer of many talents, she often writes on the compositional process for The New York Times.
The second half of the concert features violinists Joanna Kurkowicz and Joana Genova, violist Ah Ling Neu, cellist Ronald Feldman, and Doris Stevenson, piano, performing Cesar Franck’s Piano Quintet in F Minor.
The Williams Chamber Players is a resident performance faculty chamber music ensemble at Williams. The ensemble offers performers and audiences the opportunity to explore chamber music over a range of periods and styles. Distinguished performance faculty share the joy of making music together to the delight of student and community audiences.