Williams Chamber Players
The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Chamber Players in concert on Friday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.
Nathaniel Parke and pianist Elizabeth Wright begin the evening with Janacek’sPohádka (‘Fairy Tale’), a piece partly inspired by the composer’s Czech nationalism and search for Slavic roots. After this introduction, the Williams Chamber Players present a world premiere by Allen Shawn. Mr. Shawn has been a member of the music faculty of Bennington College since 1985 and is also the author of a number of books. Five Poems of Georg Trakl will be performed by bass-baritone Keith Kibler, for whom the piece was composed. Austrian poet Georg Trakl (1887-1914) composed extraordinarily dark, compressed and dream-like poems. Subject to depression and to a deeply unstable, chaotic inner life, Trakl only lived to be twenty-seven. Setting the poems in German, and employing a musical language that evokes the time and place in which Trakl lived, the composer tries to preserve the extraordinary feeling of loneliness and silence the writing conveys. Along with pianist Elizabeth Wright, Mr. Kibler performs the music set to the poems, Nachts (At Night), Rondel, “Melancholie” (Melancholy), Im Roten Laubwerk Voll Guitarren... (In Red Foliage Full of Guitars), and Sommer (Summer).
Keith Kibler also sings with his colleague Erin Nafziger, soprano, performing the duet “Mio Padre” from Verdi’s Rigoletto. Erin Nafziger and pianist Doris Stevenson offer a second excerpt from Rigoletto, with the aria “Caro nome”.
After a brief intermission the Williams Chamber Players return to the stage to present Terzetto No 4 in D Major for Guitar, Violin and Cello (1833) by Paganini. Guitarist Robert Phelps is joined by violinist Joana Genova and Nathaniel Parke, cello
To round off the evening Joana Genova, Nathaniel Parke, and Doris Stevenson are joined by violist Ah ling Neu to present Robert Schumann’s Piano Quartet.
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.