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The Town of Williamstown Massachusetts was founded in 1765 and is located in Berkshire County in the northwestern corner of the state.

Williamstown is home of the Sterling and Clark Art Institute which houses one of the worlds largest collections of Renoir as well as other impressionists. The Williams College Museum of Art has fine collections as well. Williamstown Theatre Festival which operates during the summer months brings marvelous Broadway and Hollywood performers to the town.

The town is acknowledged by Norman Crampton in his book The 100 Best Small Town in America which ranked Williamstown as the 18th best American Small Town, the only community in Massachusetts included in the top 100!!

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Xia Zhou and Andrew Campbell, Dartmouth College

The Computer Science Department presents 2 speakers from Dartmouth College, Xia Zhou and Andrew Campbell. They will each give a talk then hold an information session about graduate school in CS at Dartmouth.

12:00 pm Networking in the Light (Xia Zhou)
12:15 pm StudentLife App: A term in the life of a Dartmouth Class (Andrew Campbell)
12:35 pm Dartmouth CS Graduate School Information Session



When: Nov 5, 2014 12 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Wed, 05 Nov 2014 12 )
Dr. Michael J. Balick: Ancient Wisdom and Modern Medicine: Plants, Peoples, and Cultures in the Tropical Rainforest

Of the 350,000 species of higher plants known to exist on earth, about half are found in the tropical regions of the world. Tropical forests are a rich reservoir of biological diversity, home to a vast range of flora and fauna. This lecture discusses the study of plants used in traditional healing by indigenous cultures, the science of ethnomedicine. Dr. Balick will discuss his work with Dr. Rosita Arvigo, a naprapathic physician and resident of Belize, Central America. Starting in 1987, they have worked together on an ethnobotany project to inventory the ancient and modern uses of the plants found in Belize. Over two dozen traditional healers and other local experts in forest utilization have participated in this effort to collect, identify, and evaluate thousands of plant specimens gathered from the tropical ecosystem. In another area of the world, The Pacific Islands known as Micronesia, Dr. Balick is working with an interdisciplinary team to inventory the vegetation of Pohnpei, Kosrae and Palau Islands and their surrounding atolls and document the traditional uses of plants. This project involves the participation of local ethnobotanists and elders knowledgeable in traditional ways. The team has shown how traditional plant knowledge in this region has devolved, or disappeared when its practitioners pass on without teaching the next generation, and how local initiatives are helping to resolve this crisis, as well as conserve important habitats for future generations. In seeking to show the utility of traditional medical knowledge and practices in the modern world, as well as preserve the biodiversity upon which it depends, scientists find themselves in a race against time, with both ecosystems being destroyed and the ancient wisdom about the plants and their environment rapidly being lost. He will introduce his new book, Rodales 21st Century Herbal: A Practical Guide for Healthy Living Using Natures Most Powerful Plants, a work that has been inspired by ancient texts known as herbals, a genre of books on the therapeutic use of plants published widely during the 15th-18th centuries.

For more than three decades, Dr. Michael Balick has studied the relationship between plants and people, the field known as ethnobotany, and floristics, the study of botanical diversity within a specific region. Most of his research is in remote regions of the tropics, where he works with indigenous cultures to document plant diversity, knowledge of its traditional utilization and evaluation of the potential of botanical resources for broader application and usewhile ensuring through legal mechanisms that benefits from such work are shared with local communities. His career has focused on traditional uses of plantsas food, medicines, fiber, in personal care and for many other purposesin areas that have included the Amazon, Central America, Asia and the Middle East and, most recently the tropical island nations of Micronesia in the Western Pacific Ocean. He is recognized internationally as an expert in the use of plants and plant compounds for promoting health and wellness.



When: Nov 4, 2014 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 04 Nov 2014 19 )
Social Enterprise as a Vehicle for Meaningful Change in the Coffeelands

Dean Cycon 75 is the founder and CEO of Deans Beans Organic Coffee Company, a certified 100%organic, fair trade and kosher coffee roasting operation in Orange, MA. He has almost 40 years of experience doing development work in indigenous communities, including many of the coffee villages in Asia, Africa and the Americas. Dean is a co-founder of Coffee Kids,a non-profitdevelopment group, and of Cooperative Coffees, the worlds first fair trade roasters cooperative.He has been a Woods Hole Research Fellow, a Senior Fulbright Scholar, and a Yale Law SchoolVisiting Fellow.

Dean created Deans Beansin 1993 to prove that businesses can promote positive economic,social and environmental change at the source, and be profitable at the same time. Since its beginnings, Deans Beans has stayed true to its mission.Thecompany takes a people-centered approach to the development projects it funds, designing and implementing projects in partnership with the growers, and working only on projects that meet real needs in the community they are designed to serve and that can be sustained by that community.

Dean and his company have been the recipient of numerous awards, including most recently:

Oslo Business for Peace Honoree, May 2013 Dean was the only American chosen among 80 nominees from 50 countries.This award, informally referred to as the Nobel prize of business, honors socially responsible business owners who bring about positive change

United Nations Womens Empowerment Principles Leadership Award for Community Engagement, March 2013 As the first-ever recipient of this award, Dean was recognized for his companys innovative work toward achieving gender equality in indigenous coffee bean-growing countries.

Thecompany has received a Best Practices Recognition from the Food and AgricultureOrganization of the United Nations; the 2004 Sustainability Award from the Specialty CoffeeAssociation of America; and numerous other awards and recognitions for the quality of its products and thesuccess of its social mission. Deans book about social justice, culture and coffee,Javatrekker:Dispatches from the World of Fair Trade Coffee, was awarded the Gold Medal as Best TravelEssay book of 2008 by the Independent Publishers Association.

Says Dean, Activism, community organizing, people-centered development, working with and for indigenous peoples. I have been involved in all of the above as a lawyer and coffee roaster for almost 40 years. I am actively engaged in raising the bar for Fair Trade and social justice in the U.S and in the coffee lands. I created Deans Beans in 1993 to prove that business could (must!) be a vehicle for positive social change by engaging in the lives of grower communities through progressive activism, development and economic relations. It works.

Join us on November 20 and learn about the details of Deans work around the world, and what he has learned through his experience. Refreshments and Deans Beans coffee will be served.



When: Nov 20, 2014 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19 )
Organizing While Undocumented: Intersectionality and Engagement with the Law as a Social Movement Strategy

International Studies Colloquium with Kevin A. Escudero, Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow in Latina/o Studies. Escudero's research interests focus on the activism of undocumented immigrant youth and the role of extra-legal subjects use of legal strategies/tactics to bring about positive social change.



When: Nov 4, 2014 2:45:00 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 04 Nov 2014 14:45:00 )
Les Dlices: Myths & Allegories

Les Dlices (pronounced Lay day-lease) polished, expressive, and dynamic performances of masterpieces and little-known works from the French Baroque have been garnering critical acclaim. Founded in Cleveland in 2006, Les Dlices brings together artists with national reputations who share a passion for this exquisite yet seldom heard repertoire. Their performances on period instruments allow them to explore a rich tapestry of tone colors, and the groups name conveys their approach to the music of this era: a delight, a fine delicacy, sumptuous, and exciting.

The group leads master classes featuring Williams music students. On November 20 at 4:15pm there is a vocal master class in Chapin Hall and an instrumental master class in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.



When: Nov 19, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20 )
Williams Percussion Ensemble

Led by Matthew Gold the Williams Percussion Ensemble features cutting edge new music and master- pieces of the twentieth century. The ensemble surveys a vast terrain of sound and rhythm by employing all manner of percussion instruments, found sounds, and electronics to create music that resonates across boundaries of genre and discipline.



When: Nov 15, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: f (Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20 )
Men's Cross-Country

NCAA Div. III Regional



When: Nov 15, 2014 11 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sat, 15 Nov 2014 11 )
Williams Jazz Ensemble

The Williams Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Kris Allen is our premier jazz group, performing works from throughout the big band canon, with a special focus on modern compositions. This concert features Music of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, with a special guest soloist.



When: May 1, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Fri, 01 May 2015 20 )
Williams Gospel Choir

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Gospel Choir on Saturday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams campus. This free event is open to the public.

For new listeners, a spokesperson for the choir offers an apt description and mission statement of the Williams Gospel Choir: When it comes to Gospel Choir I believe that our audiences and members can expect to be touched by the songs we sing because each of the songs in their own exudes a thirst for and reverence for spiritual fulfillment. We sing to lift people up, to inspire them and touch them with our music in ways that genres apart from Gospel cant. We are open to all audiences and hope to encourage people to allow music to become a healing and divine part of their lives. We believe that our voices are meant to serve the purpose of spreading a ministry of love and by singing, we are allowed to minister vocally. Singing gives us hope and strength and we hope that our audiences can experience these same feats through listening.

The Gospel Choir is advised by Avery Sharpe, Artist Associate with the department of music.

Snacks and refreshments will be served at the end of the concert.



When: Apr 25, 2015 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19 )
Studio Jazz Guitar Recital

Students from the studio of Robert Phelps give a concert of jazz and blues including classic tunes and original improvisation.



When: May 19, 2015 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Tue, 19 May 2015 19 )
Talea Ensemble

On Friday, January 9 at 8 p.m. in the CenterStage at the 62 Center for Theatre and Dance, theI/O New Music Fest 2015 presents the Talea Ensemble performingGeorges Aperghiss Happy End.

In music, the term talea (literally, cutting in Latin) refers to collections of repeating, cycling rhythmic patterns. Most often, these patterns are associated with the ars nova period of Medieval music in which new techniques of musical composition were emerging. Talea has also been used in several other traditions including Indian classical music (tala in Sanskrit a wonderful linguistic coincidence), and throughout the ages in Western music, from the composer Guillaume de Machaut in the 14th Century to Olivier Messiaen and Grard Grisey in the 20th Century. This idea of a global, timeless, and cutting-edge musical practice, inventive in its construction and beautiful in its execution, is at the root of the Talea Ensembles artistic direction. The Talea Ensemble is committed to promoting new, groundbreaking music through innovative programming thereby communicating the distinctive voices of composers that deserve to be heard. By commissioning and programming these progressive works alongside the established literature of modern and contemporary repertoire, the ensemble creates a dialogue that challenges the boundaries of music and fosters a greater understanding of the works of today.



When: Jan 9, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Fri, 09 Jan 2015 20 )
Senior Class Day

The Williams College Department of Music presents graduating seniors from theClass of 2015in a concert performed on their last full undergraduate day. This free event is open to the public. Doors will open at 10:00 a.m. for this very popular event. This hour long morning of music represents all ranges of music including classical and jazz and is the final concert of the season.



When: Jun 6, 2015 11 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Sat, 06 Jun 2015 11 )
MIDWEEKMUSIC Tuesday

Bring a friend, bring your lunch, and enjoy our popular midday and midweek concert series. A musical sampler, every week offers up a mixture of traditional fare, with exciting accents of the unexpected. Williams student musicians value the informal atmosphere ofMIDWEEKMUSICand they use it to workshop their pieces, try out something new, show off something that doesnt fit in other concert formats, or just to have some fun. Instructors are encouraged to have their students present themes together, and the impromptu mini-lecture can also be part of the enjoyment.

Relaxed and informal,MIDWEEKMUSICis a chance for everyone to share the music while seated on the Chapin Hall stage. Enjoy the sound of our Bsendorfer Imperial grand piano in a setting that is at once both regal and intimate.



When: May 19, 2015 12:15:00 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Tue, 19 May 2015 12:15:00 )
Miriam Fried Violin Master Class

Violinist Miriam Fried, who is guest soloist with the Berkshire Symphony, presides over a master class with Williams College music students. During this class the audience is on hand for student performances, followed by the musical guidance from this great master of the violin.



When: Mar 5, 2015 4:15:00 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:15:00 )
MIDWEEKMUSIC Tuesday

Bring a friend, bring your lunch, and enjoy our popular midday and midweek concert series. A musical sampler, every week offers up a mixture of traditional fare, with exciting accents of the unexpected. Williams student musicians value the informal atmosphere ofMIDWEEKMUSICand they use it to workshop their pieces, try out something new, show off something that doesnt fit in other concert formats, or just to have some fun. Instructors are encouraged to have their students present themes together, and the impromptu mini-lecture can also be part of the enjoyment.

Relaxed and informal,MIDWEEKMUSICis a chance for everyone to share the music while seated on the Chapin Hall stage. Enjoy the sound of our Bsendorfer Imperial grand piano in a setting that is at once both regal and intimate.



When: Dec 9, 2014 12:15:00 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Tue, 09 Dec 2014 12:15:00 )
Larchmere String Quartet

Since its inception in 2011, the Larchmere String Quartet has garnered international attention for its musical dynamism and innovative programming. The Quartet currently holds the position of Artists-in-Residence at the University of Evansville and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra in Indiana, where they work with students at the University of Evansville, perform as the principal players of the Evansville Philharmonic, and serve as the Universitys ambassadors of chamber music performance abroad.

Dedicated to bringing the accessibility of chamber music to all audiences, the members of the LSQ have performed regularly on the international stage in venues such as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Royal Festival Hall in London and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, as well as the most intimate settings such as community centers, bars, coffee shops and schools. Recent festival appearances include a fully funded Banff Centre Residency in Canada and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy.



When: May 2, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Sat, 02 May 2015 20 )
Berkshire Symphony

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Berkshire Symphony in concert on Friday, April 24, at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall. There is a pre-concert talk with conductor Ronald Feldman and student soloists before the concert at 7:15 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, adjacent to the main venue. Both of these events are free and open to the public.

This gala concert in magnificent Chapin Hall is the final performance of season for the Berkshire Symphony and features some of Williams finest music students. These performers are selected in February by a panel of judges during an annual competition, which is open to Williams music students who have been recommended by their teachers to audition. The orchestra tops off this celebration of music and musicianship with a performance of Symphony No. 1 by Jean Sibelius.



When: Apr 24, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20 )
After Hours

The I/O Festival of New Music continues with a late evening performance in the Dance Studio of the 62 Center for Theater and Dance called After Hours.



When: Jan 8, 2015 10 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Thu, 08 Jan 2015 22 )
Williams Jazz Repertory Ensemble

The Williams Jazz Repertory Ensemble features music of the Afro-Cuban Eclipse. Kris Allen leads this newly conceived group, which devotes itself to the study and presentation of significant composers and movements in jazz history.



When: Dec 4, 2014 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 19 )
Student Soloist Recital

This is the first of two recitals which give student musicians participating in the Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Competition an opportunity to play their pieces for an audience before their auditions.

The competition winners will appear with the Berkshire Symphony in the final regular season concert on Friday April 24 in Chapin Hall, a concert which showcases the remarkable talents of our Williams students.



When: Feb 11, 2015 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Wed, 11 Feb 2015 19 )
Soloist Competition

The program includes music from all periods and genres. The competition is hosted by Ronald Feldman, director of the Berkshire Symphony.

The competition is open to Williams College students who have completed required instrumental or vocal studies, are enrolled in qualifying courses, and have been recommended by their instrumental or vocal teachers. Each may choose a movement from a concerto, a single-movement work, a concert or operatic aria, or song cycle for soloist and orchestra.

Choosing the winners is a distinguished panel of judges that consists of professional musicians from outside the Williams community.



When: Feb 17, 2015 6 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18 )
I/O Ensemble

The Williams College Department of Music presents I/O New Music Fest 15, a three-day festival of adventurous new music from around the globe. The festival includes concerts with world premieres, music of many composers, performances by the I/O Ensemble and IOTA, and a special guest ensemble-in-residence. The festival runs from Thursday, Jan. 8 through Saturday, Jan. 10 on the Williams campus. All events are free and open to the public. Neither tickets nor reservations are required.

This first concert on Thursday, January 8 at 8 p.m. in the CenterStage at the 62 Center for Theatre and Dance presents the I/O Ensemble.



When: Jan 8, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Thu, 08 Jan 2015 20 )
IOTA Ensemble

IOTA Ensemble stands center stage at 8 p.m. in the CenterStage at the 62 Center for Theatre and Dance. They performs new works by young composers, ensemble members, resident composers, and Williams faculty members.



When: Jan 10, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Sat, 10 Jan 2015 20 )
Jazz Faculty Recital

The Williams Music Department presents its talented jazz faculty in a concert that showcases their many talents as performers, composers, and arrangers.



When: Feb 19, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Thu, 19 Feb 2015 20 )
Jazz Guitar Studio Recital with Students of Robert Phelps

Students from the studio of Robert Phelps give a concert of jazz and blues including classic tunes and original improvisation.



When: Dec 9, 2014 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Tue, 09 Dec 2014 19 )
Brass Bash

TheWilliams Brass Ensemblepresents selections of music representing various periods of music history.



When: Mar 19, 2015 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19 )
Williams Percussion Ensemble

Led by Matthew Gold the Williams Percussion Ensemble features cutting edge new music and master- pieces of the twentieth century. The ensemble surveys a vast terrain of sound and rhythm by employing all manner of percussion instruments, found sounds, and electronics to create music that resonates across boundaries of genre and discipline.



When: Apr 18, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Sat, 18 Apr 2015 20 )
Williams Jazz Repertory Ensemble

TheWilliams Jazz Repertory Ensemblefeatures Monks Music. Kris Allen leads this newly conceived group, which devotes itself to the study and presentation of significant composers and movements in jazz history.



When: May 14, 2015 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Thu, 14 May 2015 19 )
Williams Opera Workshop

Williams Opera Workshopis a newly founded project involving student singers and young professionals working together to prepare operatic scenes. This offers singersthe opportunity to further develop skills in stage acting, character development, and foreign language while working as part of an ensemble. The workshop will culminate in a final semi-staged performance in late January.



When: Jan 27, 2015 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19 )
Williams College Wind Ensemble

TheWilliams College Wind Ensembleled byMatthew Marsitpresents a concert titledWinds of Change. The group melds contemporary and traditional art music for winds and percussion. Programs frequently include world premiere performances, traditional works for wind band, and soloists.



When: May 15, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Fri, 15 May 2015 20 )
Williams College Wind Ensemble

The Williams College Wind Ensemble led by Matthew Marsit presents a concert titled Winds of Change. The group melds contemporary and traditional art music for winds and percussion. Programs frequently include world premiere performances, traditional works for wind band, and soloists.



When: Dec 5, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Fri, 05 Dec 2014 20 )
Williams Chamber Choir

The Williams Chamber Choir, under the direction of Brad Wells is a mixed, sixteen-voice group, just the right size for the performance space. The Rotunda of the Williams College Museum of Art is a small, round, domed room. This unique venue possesses perfect acoustics for this music, and for this group.



When: Apr 24, 2015 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16 )
Wallace Roney Quintet

Wallace Roney earned the admiration and respect of his colleagues and his elders since age 16. He has been an integral part of the band with Tony Williams, Ornette Coleman, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Walter Davis Jr., Herbie Hancock, Jay McShann, David Murray, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, Curtis Fuller, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Dizzy Gillespie to name a few. He was one of the few musicians in his generation who learned and perfected his craft directly from alliances with Jazz Masters. But his most important and meaningful relationship was with Miles Davis.

Wallace was mentored by Miles Davis after Miles heard him in 1983 at his birthday gala performance in Carnegie Hall. Their association peaked when Miles chose Wallace to share the stage at his historic performance in Montreux in 1991. After Davis died, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams and Roney banded together and toured the world in tribute.



When: Apr 17, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20 )
Gryphon Trio

Gryphon Trio has impressed international audiences and the press with its highly refined, dynamic performances and has firmly established itself as one of the worlds preeminent piano trios. With a repertoire that ranges from the traditional to the contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia, the Gryphons are committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century.

The artists of Gryphon Trio also offer master classes featuring the performances of talented Williams music students. The three classes all take place at 4:15pm on April 7. The violin master class is in Chapin Hall. Piano is in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. Cello is in Room 30 of the Bernhard Music Center.



When: Apr 7, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Tue, 07 Apr 2015 20 )
Andr-Michel Schub, piano

Pianist Andr-Michel Schub has been described by the New York Times as pianistically flawlessa formidable pianist with a fierce integrity. He has repeatedly performed with the worlds most prestigious orchestras, among them the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, the Detroit Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw, and the Bournemouth Symphony.

Andr-Michel Schub presides over a master class with Williams College music students on March 16 at 4:15pm in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. During this class the audience is on hand for student performances, followed by the musical guidance from this great master of the piano.



When: Mar 15, 2015 3 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Sun, 15 Mar 2015 15 )
Anthony de Mare, piano

Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano, is the latest initiative of pianist Anthony de Mare. This landmark commissioning and concert project perfectly expresses his vision to expand both the repertoire and the audience for contemporary music. As creator, performer and co-producer (with Rachel Colbert) of The Liaisons Project, de Mare has brought together many of todays most highly regarded emerging and established composers to create a solo piano piece based on a Sondheim song. Exclusive new works from Steve Reich, Nico Muhly, DBR, Mark Anthony Turnage, Mason Bates, Ethan Iverson, Gabriel Kahane, and William Bolcom, among others, bring the work of musical theater maestro Stephen Sondheim 50 into the concert hall while spanning the classical contemporary, jazz, film, theater and indie worlds. The 2013-14 season will see the addition of four new works to complete the project by Wynton Marsalis, Duncan Sheik, Andy Akiho and Jherek Bischoff.

Anthony de Mare is internationally recognized pianist, known for his versatility, and one of its foremost champions of contemporary music. His provocative and engaging programs have led the New York Times to declare he has transformed the recital format, enlivening them with a theatrical twist more akin to a show than to a recital. In the process, he has inspired the creation of dozens of new works by some of todays most distinguished artists, especially in the speaking-singing pianist genre, which he pioneered over 25 years ago.

Anthony de Mare presides over a piano master class with Williams College music students. During this class the audience is on hand for student performances, followed by the musical guidance from a master of the piano. The master class is held on April 9 at 4:15pm in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.



When: Apr 10, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Fri, 10 Apr 2015 20 )
Voices of Williams

The All-Night Marathon of Voices is a sunset to sunrise event in Thompson Memorial Chapel. Including vocalists and vocal groups from across the Williams community, this unique gathering is worth staying up for.



When: Feb 21, 2015 5 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17 )
Williams Chamber Players

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Chamber Players in their third concert of the season, Friday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.

The Williams Chamber Players is a faculty 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.



When: Feb 6, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Fri, 06 Feb 2015 20 )
Berkshire Symphony

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Berkshire Symphony in concert on Friday, March 6, at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus. There is a pre-concert talk with conductor Ronald Feldman at 7:15 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.

The Berkshire Symphony is a very special orchestra that offers an extraordinary opportunity for both student and professional musicians, as well as the audience. The Berkshire Symphony pairs Williams students with their teachers and mentors throughout the rehearsal period and season, exposing the students to a level of professionalism and discipline that is rare in an educational setting. At the same time, the students infectious enthusiasm contributes to the Berkshire Symphonys remarkable energy and rich sound. This makes the Berkshire Symphony unique and very exciting.



When: Mar 6, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Fri, 06 Mar 2015 20 )
The Nile Project

The Nile Project was founded in 2011 by Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian- American singer Meklit Hadero to address the Nile Basins cultural and environmental challenges. Using music, education, and innovation programs, the Nile Project inspires, informs, and empowers university students to work together to foster the sustainability of their ecosystem.



When: Apr 10, 2015 12 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00 )
Student Soloist Recital

This is the second of two recitals which give student musicians participating in the Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Competition an opportunity to play their pieces for an audience before their auditions.

The competition winners will appear with the Berkshire Symphony in the final regular season concert on Friday April 24 in Chapin Hall, a concert which showcases the remarkable talents of our Williams students.



When: Feb 15, 2015 3 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Sun, 15 Feb 2015 15 )
Williams Student Symphony

TheWilliams Student Symphonyis conducted and administered by students with sponsorship by the music department. The orchestra encourages original programing and inspired performance.



When: May 16, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Sat, 16 May 2015 20 )
Williams Concert Choir and Chamber Choir

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Concert Choir and the Williams Chamber Choir.The concert is held in Chapin Hall on the Williams campus on Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m. This free event is open to the public.

About Williams Concert Choir and Chamber Choir
Williams College has long had a fine tradition of music performance in its choral ensembles. Director Brad Wells has helped that tradition flourish. The choral program has much to offer students interested in singing with performances throughout the year and a wide range of repertoire, as well as recordings and tours.

About Brad Wells
Conductor, singer, and composer Brad Wells directs the choral program, oversees and teaches studio voice, and leads courses in conducting, arranging and voice science and style. Mr. Wells is also founder and director of Roomful of Teeth, a professional vocal ensemble dedicated to creating new music and 2014 winner of a Grammy for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.



When: May 8, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Fri, 08 May 2015 20 )
Williams Chamber Players

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Chamber Players in their second concert of the season, Friday, March 13, at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.

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.



When: Mar 13, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20 )
Shai Wosner, piano

Pianist Shai Wosner has attracted international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity and creative insight. His performances of a broad range of repertoire from Beethoven and Mozart to Schoenberg and Ligeti, as well as music by his contemporaries, communicates his imaginative programming and intellectual curiosity. Mr. Wosners virtuosity and perceptiveness have made him a favorite among audiences and critics, who have praised him for his keen musical mind and deep musical soul (NPRs All Things Considered) and for exemplifying a remarkable blend of the intellectual, physical and even devilish sides of performance (Chicago Sun Times).

On February 26 at 4:15pm in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall there is a piano master class featuring the performances of Williams music students under the guidance of Shai Wosner. Audience can take in both a performance and a lesson all at one time.



When: Feb 27, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20 )
Piano Studio Recital with Students of Doris Stevenson

The studio of Artist in Residence Doris Stevenson gives a final performance in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the nine-foot Steinway grand piano. A classic performance by Williams student musicians.



When: Dec 6, 2014 2 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Sat, 06 Dec 2014 14 )
Piano Studio Recital

The studio of Artist in ResidenceDoris Stevensongives a final performance in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the nine-foot Steinway grand piano. A classic performance by Williams student musicians.



When: May 16, 2015 2 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Sat, 16 May 2015 14 )
Small Jazz Ensembles

This concert of Small Jazz Ensembles promises many musical delights. Artist Associate in Trombone and jazz coach John Wheeler, whose recording credits include many of the biggest acts in the music business today, presents an ensemble of student performers and arrangers. Under the tutelage of Avery Sharpe, Williams Jazz Quartet is next on the bill with more of their original tunes.



When: Dec 3, 2014 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Wed, 03 Dec 2014 19 )
Small Jazz Ensembles

This concert ofSmall Jazz Ensemblespromises many musical delights.

If solo jazz aspires to the highest form of individualism, and if big band jazz embodies the soul of unbridled but organized expression, the small jazz ensemble is a rich gumbo that can taste like either big band or solo jazz. A genre in and of itself, the small band configuration is ideal for bringing together musicians of many levels in a happy coexistence. The accomplished improviser can polish skills and push on into uncharted territory, while the neophyte gets the hang of things, waiting for the right moment to step out in front to experience an exhilarating brief foray into the fast rushing stream of musical creation. Sink or swim, the small jazz group challenges and thrills thoroughly.

TheSmall Jazz Ensemblesconcert offers a whos who in the Williams jazz scene. Artist Associate in Trombone and Co-DirectorJohn Wheeler, whose recording credits include many of the biggest acts in the music business today, trains an ensemble that explores the classic standards. The second group is mentored byAvery Sharpe, Artist Associate in Jazz Bass, and Co-Director. Mr. Sharpe is a renowned bass player who has performed with such jazz legends as McCoy Tyner, Archie Shepp, and Art Blakey, just to name a few.



When: May 13, 2015 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Wed, 13 May 2015 19 )
MIDWEEKMUSIC in the Chapel

Bring a friend, bring your lunch, and enjoy our popular midday and midweek concert series. A musical sampler, every week offers up a mixture of traditional fare, with exciting accents of the unexpected. Williams student musicians value the informal atmosphere ofMIDWEEKMUSICand they use it to workshop their pieces, try out something new, show off something that doesnt fit in other concert formats, or just to have some fun. Instructors are encouraged to have their students present themes together, and the impromptu mini-lecture can also be part of the enjoyment.

This week our concert is in beautiful Thompson Memorial Chapel. We hope to feature, alongside our regular program, Williams music students playing the chapel organ.



When: Apr 15, 2015 12:15:00 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:15:00 )

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