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Berkshire Symphony

Fri, October 18th, 2019
7:30 pm

The first concert of the season features Samuel Barber — Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with faculty soloist Erin Nafziger, soprano, and Aaron Copland — Old American Songs with Philip Lima, baritone. This American program also includes Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 (“Romantic”) to John Harbison Remembering Gatsby; Foxtrot for Orchestra.

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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