Williams Chamber Players
The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Chamber Players in concert on Friday, March 7, 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 present a program rich in the Romantics, to which a touch of color from the contemporary has been added. Erin Nafzinger, soprano, along with Susan Martula, clarinet, and Doris Stevenson, piano, perform Franz Schubert’s “Shepherd on the Rock” (Der Hirt auf dem Felsen). Joanna Kurkowicz, violin, and Doris Stevenson, piano, present Robert Schumann Sonata for violin and piano in D Minor op. 121. Pianists Elizabeth Wright and Doris Stevenson are featured in a performance of a work by Williams music faculty member Ileana Perez Velazquez. Aurora for Two Pianos, a contemporary work inspired by “sound colors” of the bright dancing lights of the aurora borealis, a northern phenomenon that inspired the composer to draw a parallel to the bright colors found in the Caribbean. Aurora presents elements of Caribbean culture, in some cases only present as “shadows”, or musical gestures.
After the intermission the ensemble performs Anton Arensky’s delightful Romantic Trio in D Minor op. 32. Joanna Kurkowicz and Doris Stevenson are joined by cellist Nathaniel Parke.
The Williams Chamber Players is a group made up of musicians seasoned by careers rich in musical diversity. In this concert the group presents contrasting styles with composers from the 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Distinguished performance faculty share the joy of making music together to the delight of student and community audiences.