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I/O Festival 2019 - BEARTHOVEN: American Dream

Thu, January 10th, 2019
7:30 pm

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I/O Festival 2019 - BEARTHOVEN: American Dream

BEARTHOVEN: American Dream

New music for piano, bass, and percussion

Sarah Hennies: Spectral Malsconcities (U.S. Premiere)

Scott Wollschleger: American Dream

Bearthoven [ \’bâr-toh-vən\ ] is a piano trio creating a new repertoire for a familiar instrumentation by commissioning works from leading young composers. Karl Larson (piano), Pat Swoboda (bass), and Matt Evans (percussion) have combined their individual voices and diverse musical backgrounds, coming together to create a versatile trio focused on frequent and innovative commissioning of up-and-coming composers. Bearthoven is rapidly building a diverse repertoire by challenging composers to apply their own voice to an instrumentation that, while common amongst jazz and pop idioms, is currently foreign in the contemporary classical world.



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***Reception and live music between Bearthoven and After Hours***

THURSDAY, JAN 10, 10:00 PM, ’62 Center

AFTER HOURS: Featuring Bearthoven and the Chamber Orchestra of Williams

Music by Philip Glass, Scott Wollschleger, and Sarah Hennies

After Hours is a late night program of new sounds and jagged grooves presented in an intimate, informal setting.



FRIDAY, JAN 11, 8:00 PM, ’62 Center


Featuring Daniel Schreiner ‘14, Piano

Music by Natacha Diels, Sato Matsui ‘14, Dylan Schneider, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir

I/O Ensemble is joined by guest composer, Sato Matsui ‘14, and pianist Daniel Schreiner ‘14 for a program featuring important new voices from the U.S., Europe, and our own Williams community.



SATURDAY, JAN 12, 8:00 PM, ’62 Center

IOTA Ensemble: To The Hands

Featuring Caroline Shaw’s meditation on suffering and refuge, To The Hands, for voices and strings, and works by young Williams-based composers.


SUNDAY, JAN 13 @ The Clark, Conforti Pavilion

1:00 PM Family Concert

I/Out Loud: ALL EARS

A special one-hour family concert featuring performances by musicians from Williams College. Kids can explore new sounds, discover new rhythms, and make some noise of their own.

Presented by I/O Fest, Ephs Out Loud, and the Williams College Department of Music


SUNDAY, JAN 13 @ The Clark, Conforti Pavilion

3:00 PM @ OUT OF THE BOX: Sequential

Featuring the Axxea Quartet and the Williams Percussion Ensemble.

Music for string quartet, percussion, and electronics by Tristan Perich.




I/O FEST 2019


Presented by the Williams College Department of Music

January 10-12 @ the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance

January 13 @ The Clark

Matthew Gold, Director

Leonard Bopp ‘19, Student Director

Sato Matsui ‘14, Composer-in-Residence

Bearthoven, Guest Ensemble

All events are FREE and open to the public: no ticket required.

I/O Fest 2019: The Music of Now

Kick off the new year with I/O Fest, the Williams College Department of Music’s annual expedition into the music of today. Over the course of four days and nights, performers and audiences take an immersive tour through a world of new sounds and adventurous music. With a focus on cutting edge composition and unconventional modes of performance I/O Fest invites listeners to experience music in new ways. Performances, talks, and workshops are held in the ’62 Center for Theatre & Dance and The Clark Art Institute. I/O Fest 2019 features guest ensemble Bearthoven presenting their program American Dream, music by composer-in-residence Sato Matsui, and performances by the I/O Ensemble, IOTA, the Axxea Quartet, and an array of Williams faculty, students, alumni, and guests. I/O invites listeners to experience the music of now.


I/O Fest was founded in 2010 by Steven Dennis Bodner, Matthew Gold, and David Kechley.


’62 Center for Theatre & Dance

1000 Main Street

Williamstown, MA 01267


The Clark Art Institute

225 South Street

Williamstown, MA 01267


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