CANCELED Berkshire Symphony
Fri, March 13th, 2020
- This event has passed.
The concert has been canceled. Due to present public health uncertainties, we regret that we cannot present the Berkshire Symphony at this time.
Visiting Artist Sara Davis Buechner plays Mozart – Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in C Major, KV 503. Continuing in the key of C, Berkshire Symphony performs Stravinsky – Symphony in C, and Bizet – Symphony in C. The other theme infusing the concert is inspired by the life and work of Stephen Sondheim, Class of 1950. A celebration of the great composer, Sondheim@90@Williams, takes place in March at Williams and includes classes, concerts, and a symposium. Berkshire Symphony provides the capstone performance of the series with a new work by Kevin Kaska and Louis Stewart – Sondheim Celebration.
About Sara Davis Buechner
Noted for her musical command, cosmopolitan artistry, and visionary independence, Sara Davis Buechner is one of the most original concert pianists of our time. Lauded for her “intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess” (New York Times), “thoughtful artistry in the full service of music” (Washington Post), and “astounding virtuosity” (Philippine Star), Japan’s InTune magazine sums up: “Buechner has no superior.”
The Berkshire Symphony is a 75-member symphonic orchestra comprising, in roughly equal proportions, Williams College music students, Williams music faculty members, and area professionals. The Symphony performs music by a range of composers, including Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and Wagner. Students are paired with their teachers and mentors throughout the rehearsal period and throughout the performance season. Seated this way, the students are exposed to a level of professionalism and discipline that is rare in an educational setting. At the same time, the students’ infectious enthusiasm contributes to the Berkshire Symphony’s remarkable energy and rich sound. Four concerts are presented each season. The goal is to expose students to a broad range of symphonic repertory, while maintaining a commitment to perform music by living and American composers. The Berkshire Symphony was founded in 1946 and is directed by Ronald Feldman.
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