Williams College Wind Ensemble
The Williams College Department of Music presents a concert with the Williams College Wind Ensemble in Chapin Hall on Friday, May 10 at 8 p.m. This free event is open to the public.
The Williams College Wind Ensemble carries on a long American tradition of wind music while exploring new musical paths. This concert features classics, as well as new works. Leonard Bernstein’s delightful Overture to Candide is one such classic, as is the antiphonal work of Giovanni Gabrieli, the 16th century Venetian composer whose work still influences modern composers. Folk Dances by Dmitri Shostakovich is a fascinating piece by a masterful and unabashedly modern composer.
The ensemble is also committed to expanding horizons. Williams is part of a consortium of schools that commissioned Sinfonietta by James Syler. The ensemble is proud to premiere this piece, and holds exclusive performance rights through the end of the year with the other groups in the consortium. Also on the program is a piece by Aaron Jay Kernis, titled Morningsongs. Mr. Kernis is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning composer, and a composer whose music, according to critic Mary Lou Humphrey, “embodies the aesthetic of Romanticism, but speaks in the musical language, and with the intellectual concerns of late 20th century America.” Visiting guest soloist, baritone Timothy Bruett joins a chamber ensemble to sing the movements of the piece titled Walking Barefoot, The Blue Animals, and Paris, based on the poetry of Jon Anderson (b. 1940).
An advocate for new music, Ms. Miller has guided world premiere performances of works by Stephen Hartke, Keir Neuringer, Carl Schroeder, James Patrick Miller, and Dawn Lenore Sonntag; in addition, her ensembles’ performances have been noted by composers Karel Husa, Steven Stucky, and Dana Wilson. In 2008, her dissertation research on the music of Steven Stucky was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the University of Minnesota where she also served as conductor of the North Star Band during the 2008-2009 season and a graduate teaching assistant in the wind band program from 2006 to 2009.