Williams Chamber Players
The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Chamber Players in a concert on Friday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.
In this concert the Williams Chamber Players offer three trios and three songs: Weber’s Trio op. 63 for flute, cello and piano; Penderecki’s String Trio featuring Joanna Kurkowicz, violin; Ah Ling Neu, viola; and Nathaniel Parke, cello; also, Beethoven’s Piano Trio op. 70 No. 2. Soprano Kerry Ryer-Parke collaborates with pianist/composer Allen Shawn to present a world premiere titled, Three Poems of Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
About Allen Shawn
Allen Shawn is a composer of a large catalogue of orchestral and chamber music, and has also composed three chamber operas, songs, piano music, and music for ballet, theater, and film. He was the recipient of a 1995 Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and an Academy Award in Music from the Academy in 2001. His music is recorded on Opus One, Bay Cities, Northeastern, and Albany records, and is published by Boosey and Hawkes, Oxford University Press, Galaxy Music, GunMar Music, and Morningstar Music. He is active as a pianist, and is the author of four books, Arnold Schoenberg’s Journey (2002), which won the 2003 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, Wish I Could Be There (2007), Twin (2011) and Leonard Bernstein-An American Musician (2014), as well as articles for the Atlantic Monthly, The Musical Times, The New York Times Magazine, Film Forum, and The Times Literary Supplement. BA, Harvard; study with Nadia Boulanger; MA, Columbia. Shawn has taught at Bennington College since 1985.
The Williams Chamber Players was founded in 1999 and is coordinated by Doris Stevenson.