With this concert in Chapin Hall the Williams Chamber Players take part in the celebration of Stephen Sondheim, titled Sondheim@90@Williams, highlighting the accomplishments of this great composer and member of the Class of 1950. Joining the group is faculty member Paul La Rosa ‘02, baritone. Mr. La Rosa has appeared with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, Los Angeles Opera after earning a Master of Music and Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School. He presents a selection of Sondheim songs.
Elizabeth Wright and Doris Stevensonperform Concertino for Two Pianos, a work which the precocious Sondheim wrote as an assignment for his professor, Robert Barrow. Joanna Kurkowicz and Nathaniel Parke play Duo for Violin and Cello by Peteris Vasks. The final work of the evening, though not directly a Sondheim piece, was of great influence to the young Stephen Sondheim: the Ravel Piano Trio, played by Doris Stevenson, piano, Joanna Kurkowicz, violin, and Nathaniel Parke, cello.
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.