Chamber Orchestra of Williams
Sat, November 3rd, 2018
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The Chamber Orchestra of Williams, conducted by Leonard Bopp ‘19 performs Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” as reworked by Gustav Mahler for string orchestra. Schubert’s original chamber work captivated Mahler, who went to work arranging it to bring it to a wider audience, as was common practice for conductors around the turn of the 20th century. A piece of great intensity, it grapples with the idea of death itself.
The orchestra presents a second well-known transcription work: Chamber Symphony op. 110a by Dmitri Shostakovich, arranged by Rudolf Barshai, another well know conductor who was interested in finding new audiences for chamber works. This complex and somewhat tragic work carries many themes and veiled references of great biographical significance to the composer’s life.
The Chamber Orchestra of Williams is a student-led, flexible-instrumentation ensemble dedicated to innovative programing and engaging performance experiences. Having long operated as a biennial winter study course, the orchestra emerged in 2017 as a fixture on the Williams campus, with regular programming throughout the academic year.