The Williams College Department of Music will present I/O Fest ‘14, a three-day festival of new music from around the globe, Jan. 9 through Jan. 11.
The festival includes five concerts with several world premieres, music of many composers, performances by the I/O Ensemble and IOTA, and special guest ensemble-in-residence counter induction.
All events are free and open to the public. Neither tickets nor reservations are required.
Beginning Thursday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m., in the CenterStage of the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance, I/O Ensemble will present "Coming Together."
This event features Williams students and faculty performing Frederic Rzewski’s classic work for voice and amplified ensemble "Coming Together" and David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winner "the little match girl passion."
I/O Ensemble celebrates the 75th birthday of contemporary composer Louis Andriessen with a performance of his music.
Later that evening, at 9:30 in the Dance Studio at the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance, a new arrangement of Samuel Beckett’s seminal 1961 radio play, "Words and Music," will be performed. It will feature music by composer Morton Feldman.
The evening also will feature a premiere of collaborative work by poet and Williams professor Lawrence Raab and musicians Brian Simalchik ‘10 and Stephen Simalchik ‘13.
On Friday, Jan. 10, at 8 p.m. in the CenterStage at the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance, The New York composer/performer collaborative counter induction will present "rituals, dances and journeys."
This concert highlights works from cutting-edge composers, including Ryan Streber, Mario Davidovsky, Douglas Boyce, Bruno Mantovani, Kyle Bartlett, Salvatore Sciarrino, and the late Robert Suderburg, professor emeritus at Williams.
The concert also will feature the world premiere of a memorial piece for Suderburg by his student, Douglas Boyce ‘92, co-founder of counter induction.
I/O Fest will continue at noon Saturday, Jan. 11, in the Williams College Museum of Art. The I/O Ensemble will transform the college’s museum into a musical sounding space in this spatial exploration of time.
Works by J. Frey, Brian Simalchik ‘10, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Tom Johnson, and John Zorn are presented simultaneously throughout the galleries. The museum will open its doors at 11:30 a.m.
Later that evening, at 8, in the CenterStage at the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance, the IOTA Ensemble performs new works by young composers, ensemble members, counter induction’s resident composers, and Williams faculty members.
Works by David Kechley, Ileana Perez Velazquez, Sato Matsui ‘14, Casey McLellan ‘14, and Adam Strawbridge ‘14 are featured.