Friday October 19, 2012

The Williams College Department of Music will present the Williams Chamber Players in concert Saturday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m., in Chapin Hall on the college campus.

This free event is open to the public.

"The Trumpet Shall Sound" by Henry Purcell sets the tone for the evening as soprano Kerry Ryer-Parke joins with trumpeter Nathan Botts to present this baroque piece.

Both musicians are artist associates at Williams and regular contributors to the Williams Chamber Players. Botts also will perform the Biber Sonata for Baroque Trumpet, which includes a quartet of Williams Chamber Players strings featuring Joanna Kurkowicz and Joana Genova, violin; Ah ling Neu, viola; and Nathaniel Parke, cello. Edwin Lawrence plays harpsichord.

The second half features Igor Stravinsky’s l’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale), narrated by Keith Kibler, artist associate in voice at Williams.

The violin takes the lead role, played by Joanna Kurkowicz, who is also the concert master for the Berkshire Symphony and artist in residence at Williams. Susan Martula’s clarinet plays its part as a counterpoint to the violin. The will be joined by pianist and artist in residence Doris Stevenson.

The Williams Chamber Players is a resident chamber ensemble, founded at Williams College in 1999. Its purpose is to present concerts for the college and community throughout the academic year.


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Antecedents of the Williams Chamber Players are The Williams Trio, founded in 1970, and the Group for 20th Century Music, founded in 1989. Repertoire for concerts is drawn from the standard chamber music repertoire with special attention to music of the 20th and 21st centuries, and to music by Williams composers. Musicians are normally drawn from the ranks of Artists in Residence, Artist Associates, and other faculty, as well as occasional visiting artists.

Chapin Hall is located at 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown.