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Williams Chamber Players

Fri, September 7th, 2018
8:00 pm

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Williams Chamber Players offer their first concert of the season. The music faculty group performs works by Debussy and Beethoven.

Opening the concert is cellist Nathaniel Parke joined by pianist Doris Stevenson for a performance of the Debussy Cello Sonata, followed by one of Leonard Bernstein’s most beloved works performed by soprano Kerry Ryer-Parke. “A Simple Song,” from Bernstein’s Mass, was commissioned by Jackie Kennedy to celebrate the opening of the JFK Center for the Performing Arts in 1972. Closing the first half of the program, Joana Genova performs the Debussy Violin Sonata.

The second half of the program is highlighted by Beethoven’s Septet in E flat Major, op. 20, featuring outstanding faculty performers Paul Green, clarinet; Victor Sungarian, horn; Stephen Walt, bassoon; Muneko Otani, violin; Ah Ling Neu, viola; Ronald Feldman, cello; and Robert Zimmerman, double bass.

The Williams Chamber Players was founded in 1999 and is coordinated by Doris Stevenson. The Williams Chamber Players is a resident performance 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.

In recognition of Williams excellence in music, the Steinway Concert Grand Piano used in this concert was given by the Schumacker Family–Scott ’76, Cynthia E’77, and Alec ’08. 

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