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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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Indian Music Studio Recital

Artists Associates Veena Chandra and Devesh Chandra present their students in a concert that features the sounds of India. Playing sitar and tabla, Williams music students make their premiere using what they have learned about one of the worlds greatest classical traditions.



When: Nov 23, 2014 5 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17 )
Williams Gospel Choir

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Gospel Choir on Saturday, November 22 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: Nov 22, 2014 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19 )
MIDWEEKMUSIC

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: Mar 10, 2015 12 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Tue, 10 Mar 2015 00 )
Art Spiegelman's 'WORDLESS!' with music by Phillip Johnston

In his Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece, MAUSa moving father-son memoir about the Holocaust drawn with cats and miceArt Spiegelman changed the definition of comics forever. In WORDLESS! -- a new and stimulating hybrid of slides, talk and musical performance -- he probes further into the nature and possibilities of his medium.

Spiegelman, noted as a historian and theorist of comics as well as an artist, collaborates with Phillip Johnston, the critically acclaimed jazz composer who wrote all-new scores he will be performing live with his sextet. Johnston is best known for his work as a jazz composer (Microscopic Septet, The Coolerators), and as a creator of music for silent films, most recently Lotte Reineger's 1927 animated feature, The Adventures of Prince Achmed.

Named one of Time magazine's '100 Most Influential People', Art Spiegelman has been translated into over 25 languages. Sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies. Part of a year-long series of events, titled "The Book Unbound," in celebration of the new Sawyer Library.



When: Mar 10, 2015 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Tickets are free but required (Tue, 10 Mar 2015 19 )
Bill T. Jones and Anne Bogart: A Rite

Bill T. Jones and Anne Bogart, join forces for A Rite, a work that celebrates the 100th anniversary of The Rite of Spring. Igor Stravinskys groundbreaking masterpiece and celebrated collaboration with choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky was so revolutionary at the time of its Paris premiere that it incited a riot, and A Rite attempts to imagine the consequence of hearing the piece played for the very first time with a libretto that pulls from the diaries of World War I veterans, Stravinskys score, the writings of physicist Brian Greene, and many other sources.
A Rite is the alchemy of two communities a dance company and a theater companyencountering the legacy of Stravinskys Rite of Spring one hundred years after its birth. The reverberations felt in the works vast wake are woven through world wars, the formation and disintegration of nations, the birth of global culture and scientific changes that did nothing less than alter the way we live now.
An intriguing, intelligent, insightful dance theater piece.
-San Francisco Chronicle



When: Mar 16, 2015 12 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: $10 / $3 Students (Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00 )
Elaina Pullano '15, mezzo-soprano

Senior Elaina Pullano '15 presents her final recital in conjunction with her honors thesis. Along with pianist Robin Kibler, she performs great opera works and songs from the classical canon.



When: May 16, 2015 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Sat, 16 May 2015 16 )
Telling Stories

Storytelling presentation by Joe and Jesse Bruchac, Abenaki storytellers, poets, and writers. Joe Bruchac holds a B.A. from Cornell University, an M.A. in Literature and Creative Writing from Syracuse and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Union Institute of Ohio. His work as a educator includes eight years of directing a college program for Skidmore College inside a maximum security prison. Living in the Adirondack mountain foothills town of Greenfield Center, New York, much of his writing draws on that land and his Abenaki ancestry. Although his American Indian heritage is only one part of an ethnic background that includes Slovak and English blood, those Native roots are the ones by which he has been most nourished. He, his younger sister Margaret, and his two grown sons, James and Jesse, continue to work extensively in projects involving the preservation of Abenaki culture, language and traditional Native skills, including performing traditional and contemporary Abenaki music with the Dawnland Singers.

Sponsored by the Gaudino Fund under its theme, "At What Cost" and part of the Book Unbound, a year-long initiative centered around the theme of books, libraries, and information, in conjunction with the opening of Sawyer Library. There will be a workshop on 'telling our stories' 2-4 PM and a performance at 7:30 PM.



When: Jan 9, 2015 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free and open to the public (Fri, 09 Jan 2015 19 )
Daniel Handler: Why Does Lemony Snicket Keep Following Me?

Daniel Handler (A.K.A. Lemony Snicket) is the author of the novels The Basic Eight,Watch Your Mouth, Adverbs and, most recently, the Michael J. Printz Honor-winning Why We Broke Up, a collaboration with noted illustrator Maira Kalman. He also worked with Kalman on the book Girls Standing on Lawns and Hurry Up and Wait (May 2015). Under the name Lemony Snicket he has written the best-selling books series All The Wrong Questions as well as A Series of Unfortunate Events, which has sold more than 60 million copies and was the basis of a feature film. His fifth novel, We are Pirates, is due for release in Feb 2015. The talk will be followed by audience Q&A and a book signing.



When: Feb 7, 2015 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free of Charge but Tickets Required (Sat, 07 Feb 2015 19 )
Men's Hockey vs Johnson & Wales (RI) (tournament, away)
Williams vs Johnson & Wales (RI)

When: Nov 29, 2014 5 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sat, 29 Nov 2014 17 )
Men's Basketball vs Skidmore (away)
Williams vs Skidmore

When: Nov 29, 2014 5 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sat, 29 Nov 2014 17 )
Women's Hockey vs Utica (home)
Utica vs Williams

When: Nov 29, 2014 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sat, 29 Nov 2014 19 )
Material Friction: Americana and American Art
Material culture from the dawn of the United States shoulders in among work from WCMAs American art collection. Samplers and blanket chests take up residence next to luminous paintings from the Hudson River School and works of high Modernism by the likes of Georgia OKeeffe. Its Joseph Cornell in conversation with a Colonial cabinet maker and John Frederick Kensett talking with a limner from Connecticut.

When: Nov 22, 2014 12 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12 )
Concert in the Library

Victor Hill, Thomas T. Read Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus, and a professional harpsichordist, will present a free concert. The program includes music of Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, and Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre (1666-1729), a celebrated composer at the French Court. The concert will last about an hour. Victor Hill studied in Amsterdam with the eminent Dutch harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt (1928-2012). He has played more than 900 concerts throughout the United States and in Europe. For this performance he will play the double-manual harpsichord of 18th century Franco-Flemish design that was custom-built for him by Richard Kingston in North Carolina.



When: Jan 25, 2015 3 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15 )
Stephen Graham Jones

Stephen Graham Jones is the author of 10 novels, 2 collections, 1 novella, and countless short stories. Stephen has been a Shirley Jackson Award finalist three times, a Bram Stoker Award finalist, a Black Quill Award finalist, an International Horror Guild finalist, a Colorado Book Award Finalist, a Texas Monthly Book Selection, and has won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction and the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction. He's also been a Texas Writers League Fellow and an NEA fellow in fiction. His short fiction has been in Cemetery Dance, Asimov's, Weird Tales, The Magazine of Bizarro Fiction, etc., as well as all the journals: Open City, Black Warrior Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Literal Latte, Cutbank, and on and on, some hundred and thirty stories, total, through every letter of the alphabet.



When: Mar 3, 2015 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19 )
Putin and Russia: a panel on modern political leadership

Recent events have thrust Russian president Vladimir Putin to the center of the world political stage. While his actions have greatly increased his popularity within Russia, they have been condemned by most Western pundits and politicians, who characterize Putin as a former KGB operative and Russian nationalist bent on restoring the Soviet empire and authoritarian rule in Russia. To honor the memory and recognize the seminal work of the late James MacGregor Burns, a panel of distinguished scholars will discuss Vladimir Putin from the perspectives of Soviet and Post-Soviet Russian politics and modern political leadership generally.

The panel includes Archie Brown, Emeritus Professor of Politics at Oxford University and author of books on Gorbachev, Soviet and Post-Soviet Russian politics, and communism and political leadership in the modern world; and Fiona Hill, Director, Center on the United State and Europe, The Brookings Institution. The panel will be moderated by Bill Wagner, Brown Professor of History, Chair of Leadership Studies Program.

After the panelists have made their remarks, questions from the audience will be encouraged. Book signing to follow.



When: Jan 22, 2015 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19 )
Princess Ivona
When: Mar 12, 2015 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 12 Mar 2015 19 )
The Hour of Feeling
When: May 7, 2015 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 07 May 2015 19 )
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 )
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 )
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 )
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 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 )
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 )
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 )
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 )
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 )
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 )
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 )
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 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 )
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 )
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 )
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 )
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 )
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 )
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 )
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 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 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 )
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 )
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 )
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 )
Faculty Recital with Tendai Muparutsa

Tendai Muparutsa is Artist in Residence in African Music Performance and Co-Director of Kusika and Zambezi Marimba Band. For his faculty recital he presents a night of great Afrocentric music.



When: Mar 14, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Sat, 14 Mar 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 )
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 )
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 )

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