Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Gala
Fri, April 29th, 2022
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The Williams College Department of Music presents Student Symphony Soloists from two competitions: 2020 and 2022
After a two year hiatus the Berkshire Symphony, directed by Ronald Feldman, offers a gala concert featuring music students from two solo competitions. In February 2020 judges chose the year’s soloists. Less than a month later, our stages went dark. Still mostly in lockdown, there was no competition in 2021. At last our soloists can perform in magnificent Chapin Hall, before an orchestra, and in front of an audience. The 2020 soloists are joined by our 2022 performers for what promises to be an exceptional celebration of the power of music, and the talent of our student musicians.
This concert of the Berkshire Symphony is on Friday April 29, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus. There is a pre-concert talk at 6:45pm in Chapin Hall. The performance is free. There are no tickets or reservations. All audience are asked to present proof of full vaccination at the door and to please wear a mask.
Performers and their programs, in the order of appearance:
Francis Poulenc –
Concerto pour deux pianos in D Minor, FP 61
Henry Purcell – Thy hand Belinda/When I am laid in earth
W.A. Mozart – Flute Concerto No. 2 in D Major, K.314, Allegro aperto
Gaetano Donizetti – Una Furtiva Lagrima
Igor Stravinsky – “No Word from Tom,” from The Rake’s Progress
Henri Vieuxtemps – Violin Concerto No. 5
Emily Ham ’22, mezzo-soprano
2020 Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist
Camille Saint-Saëns – “Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix,” from Samson et Dalila
Béla Bartók – Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
Want to see a list of all of our past student soloists with the Berkshire Symphony?
Link to soloists
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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