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Berkshire Symphony

Fri, October 18th, 2019
7:30 pm

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Berkshire Symphony

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Berkshire Symphony in concert on Friday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus. There is a pre-concert talk with conductor Ronald Feldman at 6:45 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, adjacent to the main venue. These events are free and open to the public.

Berkshire Symphony presents the first concert of the season featuring three American composers: Barber, Hanson, and Copland. The performance is a live recitation of three very intimate musical memoirs that are also loving portrayals of the life and times surrounding each composer.

Samuel Barber — Knoxville: Summer of 1915 is performed by faculty soloist Erin Nafziger, soprano. Barber’s reminiscence of childhood is a tender elegy acknowledging the frailty of everyday things. A different take on life in America is offered by Howard Hanson — Symphony No. 2 (“Romantic”). Premiered in 1930, the texture of “Romantic” makes it seem familiar even at the first listen. Indeed, the work has been directly quoted in film and television music ever since. The program also includes Aaron Copland — Old American Songs with Philip Lima, baritone. Mr. Lima, a seasoned and captivating performer, offers his interpretation of Copland’s timeless songs.

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