Williams Chamber Players
Williams College Department of Music presents Williams Chamber Players in a concert on Friday, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.
The Williams Chamber Players start the evening with a piece by the contemporary composer Thea Musgrave, Five Love Songs, performed by soprano Erin Nafziger and guitarist Robert Phelps. Together they reveal the subtleties of this quietly thrilling work. Next, the ensemble presents Sonata in F Major, op. 99 for Cello and Piano by Johannes Brahms featuring Nathaniel Parke, cello, and Elizabeth Wright, piano. After a brief intermission, the Williams Chamber Players offer a world premiere for violin and piano. In Angustiis (In Troubled Times) is a dark and focused single-movement work performed by violinist Joana Genova. She is joined by composer, pianist, and Williams faculty member Zachary Wadsworth for this short but politically-charged and topical work. Finishing off with a Romantic flourish, violinist Joana Genova, cellist Nathaniel Parke, and pianist Elizabeth Wright present Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio in G Minor, op. 17, a work that demonstrates the balanced brilliance and evokes the wistful romance of one of the very few 19th century women whose compositions were performed to great acclaim.
The Williams Chamber Players was founded in 1999 and is coordinated by Doris Stevenson. The Williams Chamber Players is a resident 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.