Chamber Players

Williams Chamber Players
Messiaen Centennial

The Williams Chamber Players will perform a concert on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.

The Williams Department of Music celebrates Oliver Messiaen on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Messiaen wrote Quartet for the End of Time as a captive in Stalag 8-A in what is now Poland. The work was first performed in 1941 by Messiaen, with fellow prisoners of war, Jean Boulaire, Henri Akoka, and Etienne Pasquier. Violinist Joanna Kurkowicz performs this piece along with Susan Martula, clarinet; Nathaniel Parke, cello, and Doris Stevenson, piano.

Also feature on this program is the C Minor Piano Trio, op. 101 by Johannes Brahms with Elizabeth Wright, piano.

The Williams Chamber Players is a resident chamber ensemble, founded at Williams College in 1999. It’s purpose is to present concerts for the college and community throughout the academic year. Antecedents of the Williams Chamber Players are The Williams Trio, founded in 1970, and the Group for 20th Century Music, founded in 1989. Repertoire for concerts is drawn from the standard chamber music repertoire with special attention to music of the 20th and 21st centuries, and to music by Williams composers. Musicians are normally drawn from the ranks of Artists-in-Residence, Studio Instructors, and other faculty, as well as occasional visiting artists.

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