Wind Ensemble

Williams Symphonic Winds and Chamber Orchestra of Williams

Heidi Johanna Miller, director of Symphonic Winds

Ronald Feldman, director of C.O.W.

The Williams College Department of Music presents a concert with both the Chamber Orchestra at Williams and the Williams Symphonic Winds in the Thompson Memorial Chapel on Friday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. This free event is open to the public.

The Chamber Orchestra at Williams, whimsically known as COW, is a new student ensemble under the guidance of Ronald Feldman, director of the Berkshire Symphony and former cellist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Typically performing with the concert master leading the music, rather than with a conductor, the group is devoted to the performance of works that require more voices than most small chamber groups can cover. They present the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 by J.S. Bach.

Conductor Heidi Johanna Miller leads the Williams Symphonic Winds in the second half of the program in a concert of wind music that spans one hundred years of repertoire. Familiar works by Kabalevsky, Aaron Copland, and Percy Grainger share the program with works by living composers. Magneticfireflies by Augusta Read Thomas, Threnos by Steven Stucky, and a work by the popular modern composer Eric Whitacre all share the program.

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.