Williams Chamber PlayersThe French Connection
The Williams Chamber Players will give a concert on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. in Thompson Memorial Chapel on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.
Messiaen’s birth year celebration continues with a little help from his fellow Parisians in a dynamic evening including his L’Ascension for Organ featuring Ed Lawrence, Françaix’s String Trio, Chihara’s The Beauty of the Rose Is in Its Passing, and Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande: Act I, Scene I.
Performers are Ronald Feldman, cello; Joana Genova, violin; Matthew Gold, percussion; Elizabeth Morse, harp; Orlando Pandolfi, French horn; Stephen Walt, bassoon; Scott Woolweaver, viola, Keith Kibler, bass-baritone, and Erin Casey, soprano. Guest artists are Noah Lindquist ’08, piano and Colleen Shaffer, French horn.
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.