The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Chamber Players in a concert on Friday, February 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public. Masks are required.
The performance opens with Prelude and Fugue for String Trio, op. 404a, featuring Joanna Kurkowicz, violin, Ah Ling Neu, viola, and Ronald Feldman, cello. The work, by J. S. Bach, as originally described in the surviving manuscript, bears the name of neither the arranger of Bach’s pieces nor the composer of the slow introductions. Despite that, it has long been supposed that it was the work of W. A. Mozart.
The next work features Joana Genova and Muneko Otani violins, Ah Ling Neu, viola, Julian Müller, cello, performing Caroline Shaw (b. 1982) Entr’acte for String Quartet (2017).
After a brief intermission the Williams Chamber Players offer Olivier Messiaen’s powerful work Quartet for the End of Time (1941) with Joanna Kurkowicz, violin, Micheal Dee, clarinet, Julian Müller, cello, and Doris Stevenson, piano.
The Williams Chamber Players is a faculty chamber music ensemble at Williams. The ensemble offers performers and audiences the opportunity to explore chamber music over a range of periods and styles. Distinguished performance faculty share the joy of making music together to the delight of student and community audiences.