Friday September 7, 2012

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Chamber Players in concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.

Themed "The insidious popular vein in the early 20th century" and featuring works of Shostakovich, Poulenc, Cage, Strauss, and Leher, the ensemble takes a whirlwind tour of chamber repertoire of the last century. This music offers clues into what these composers, had they employed such gadgets, might have uploaded to their iPods.

Of special interest to the community audience, composer Stephen Dankner premieres a work in collaboration with Artist Associate in Trumpet, Nathan Botts. The piece is written for the late Irwin Shainman, who passed away on July 8. Shainman was a faculty member (1948-1991), conductor of the budding Berkshire Symphony, and private trumpet teacher and professor.

Dankner’s piece is titled "Remembering Irwin for solo trumpet."