Williams Chamber Players
Fri, March 8th, 2019
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Williams Chamber Players offer their final concert of the season. The music faculty group performs works by Rebecca Clarke and Ernest Chausson. Rebecca Clarke (1886–1979) was one of Britain’s outstanding composers during the inter-war period. Clarke’s Piano Trio (1921) is one of her outstanding works. In the same year, Rebecca Clarke’s Trio was a runner-up in a competition at the Berkshire Festival of Chamber Music, an interesting local connection. Williams faculty Joana Genova, violin; Nathaniel Parke, cello; and Elizabeth Wright, piano present the Trio is all its glory. The next piece is a “Concert” performed by Joanna Kurkowicz, solo violin; Muneko Otani and Joana Genova, violins; Ah Ling Neu, viola; Nathaniel Parke, cello; and Doris Stevenson, piano. Concert in D Major for Violin, Piano and String Quartet op. 21 by Ernest Chausson (1855–1899) was written in Paris in the late 19th century and is lushly romantic, showcasing Chausson’s genius for innovative scoring. Neither a concerto nor a sextet, the instrumentation of the Concert makes it a singular chamber work. It is perfectly suited to the unique and highly flexible musical collective that is the Williams Chamber Players.
The Williams Chamber Players is a faculty chamber ensemble that presents concerts for the college and community throughout the academic year. Repertoire for concerts is drawn from the standard chamber music with special attention to music of the 20th and 21st centuries, and to music by Williams composers. Musicians are normally drawn from the ranks of artists in residence, artist associates, and other faculty members and visiting artists at Williams. The Williams Chamber Players was founded in 1999 and is coordinated by Doris Stevenson.
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