The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams College Percussion Ensemble (WiPE) on Friday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall in a program titled, VEXATIONS. Featuring all manner of percussion instruments, the players of the ensemble will surround the audience in a wide-ranging and immersive world of sound. This free event is open to the public.
In their latest production titled VEXATIONS, WiPE utilizes its typically vast array of percussion instruments, from marimbas, vibraphones, and drums to wooden planks and flowerpots. The ensemble will lead the audience in a deep acoustical exploration of the newly renovated Chapin Hall. Listeners will be surrounded by both sounds and bodies in motion, and from all directions, in this truly immersive program. VEXATIONS features John Luther Adams’s elemental and powerful Two Drum Quartets from Earth and the Great Weather. Called, “one of the most original musical thinkers of the new century,” by Alex Ross in The New Yorker, Adams was the recipient of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music. This performance will feature a new dance created specifically for the work by choreographers Erica Dankmeyer and Janine Parker performed by the dancers of the Contemporary Dance Ensemble at Williams (CoDa). Equally expansive and concerned with space, Sam Pluta’s Four Sixes places the listener at the center of a whirling storm of rhythmic counterpoint. The youngest ever recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music, Caroline Shaw explores the detailed sound world of flowerpots ringing against marimba and vibraphone. Frederic Rzewski’s classic Chains invites the listener to consider both the news and history in a new light.