Monday, May 04
WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williams Symphonic Winds will give a concert on Saturday at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus.

This free event is open to the public.

The concert features works that reinterpret the lives of mythical and historical individuals (from a Renaissance dutchess to Shakespeare and the cast of "Othello") and that re-contextualize our existence in today's postmodern world.

Music by Michael Gordon, Daron Hagen, Reynoaldo Hahn, Arvo Pert, and featuring the premieres of a new work by Brian Simalchik '10 and a senior honors thesis by Sarah Riskind '09.

The ensemble also celebrates the life of the influential composer-conductor Lukas Foss (1922-2009) by performing his Elegy, a work commissioned and premiered by the Symphonic Winds in 2002.

The Williams Symphonic Winds is a 60-member ensemble dedicated to performing the most significant music written for the chamber and large wind ensemble mediums. Now in his ninth year as music drector, Steven Dennis Bodner has developed the ensemble's identity as a leading proponent of the performance of new music on campus. The ensemble has commisioned and premiered a number of works by contemporary composers, including Williams students, alumni, and faculty. Recognized as one of the premier wind ensembles in New England, the Symphonic Winds performed at the 2006 College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division Conference. In recent years, the Symphonic Winds has been noted both for its adventurous and creative programming and for the quality of its performance.