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About Williamstown
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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Ruby Lounge Talent Show

Cozy up with the BSU for our annual Ruby Loung Talent Show, featuring student performances in music and poetry. If you wish to perform, email BSU historian Sarah Brathwaite at sb3@williams.edu.There will alsobe an open mic, so don't miss your chance to shine!

When: Feb 19, 2016 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 19 Feb 2016 19 )
Happy Hour Design Studio: LEGO Challenge
Let your inner designer out and explore the playful side of architecture at this hands-on program for adults. Join other kids at heart and build amazing structures with BSA Space's LEGO collection, while enjoying beer, wine, snacks, and conversation.

When: Feb 25, 2016 6 PM to Feb 25, 2016 12 AMin Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 25 Feb 2016 18 )
Men's Lacrosse vs Trinity (Conn.) (away)
Williams vs Trinity (Conn.)

When: Mar 5, 2016 1 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sat, 05 Mar 2016 13 )
BarNtone Presents: Paddy Keenan, King of the Pipers
An untouchable legend, Paddy Keenan has been called both the John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix of the Irish Bagpipes. Generally acknowledged as the most accomplished uilleann piper performing today, Paddy is one of the most brilliant musicians of his generation.The uillean pipes are bellows strapped around the waist, pumped by the elbow. Their tone and wide range of notes is sweeter and quieter than their Scottish cousins. Paddy's flowing, open-fingered style of playing can be traced directly from the style of great travelling pipers. Both Paddy's father and grandfather played in the same wild and free style of piping. He is known well beyond traditional Irish music circles as a solo artist and as a founding member of the groundbreaking Bothy Band. The Bothy Band forever changed the face of Irish traditional music, merging a driving rhythm section with traditional Irish tunes in ways that had never been heard before. "In Irish music there are legends and legends and then there's Paddy Keenan. Paddy Keenan's playing is now at its peak." - John O'Regan, Rock'n Reel Paddy Keenan Friday, April 1 The Tavern at The Williams Inn Doors 6 pm, come early for dinner and the best seats Music 7:30 $15 donation at the door, RSVP required

When: Apr 1, 2016 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 01 Apr 2016 19 )
Film: Girlhood

Oppressed by her family setting, dead-end school prospects and the boys law in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of 3 free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her dress code, and quits school to be accepted in the gang, hoping that this will be a way to freedom. French with subtitles.

Williams World Views Film Series, sponsored by Global Studies and co-sponsored the Williams Film Club. Dinner provided.

When: Oct 1, 2016 5 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sat, 01 Oct 2016 17 )
Voice Master Class: Eya Ensemble

All are invited to this master class in which talented Williams music students singfor and are guided byour visiting artists, Eya Ensemble.

When: Apr 15, 2016 4:15:00 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:15:00 )
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.

Relaxed and informal,MIDWEEKMUSICis a chance for everyone to share the music in beautiful Thompson Memorial Chapel. Works for organ are often featured in this concert.

When: Apr 13, 2016 12:15:00 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:15:00 )
Master Class Anne Robert, violin

All are invited to this master class in which talented Williams music students play for and are guided byour visiting artist, violinist Anne Robert. Concurrent with the violin master class, pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin will also lead a master class in Chapin Hall.

When: Apr 12, 2016 4:15:00 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 16:15:00 )
Brass Ensemble Brass Bash

Brass Bash 2016with the Williams Brass Ensemble offers a varied program of works for solo and chamber brass.

When: Mar 17, 2016 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Thu, 17 Mar 2016 19 )
Anne Robert, violin

Visiting Artists Anne Robert, violin, andCharles Richard-Hamelin, piano, present a recital inin Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. On Tuesday, April 12at4:15pm on the artists also offer master classes in which talented Williams music students play for and are guided by thevisiting artists. Concurrent with the violin master class in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin will also lead a master class in Chapin Hall.Thesefree events are open to the public.

Their program includes three Sonatas:Sonata op. 23, no. 4 in A Minor by Ludwig van Beethoven,Sonata op. 108 no. 3 in D Minor byJohannes Brahms, andSonata in A Major byCsar Franck.

Anne Robert, violin

Violinist Anne Robert is renowned for her sensibility, warm sound, dexterity and elegant phrasing (The Strad Magazine, London). She enjoys an active career as a chamber musician and regularly plays in Canada, Europe, Asia and the United States. First violin of theOrchestre symphonique de Montralfor twelve years, she is a member of the Trio Hochelaga, which she founded in 2000. Anne Robert also gives recitals with organist Jacques Boucher and was artistic director of theMaisonTrestlerSummer Festival for seven years. She has created Continuum, an artistic and medical project which supports people with genetic susceptibility that can lead to cancer.

Anne Roberts discography contains more than thirty titles which reveal her vast and varied repertoire and her particular affinity with French post-romantic music. Among those recordings are some first editions of works by composers such as Dubois, Tournemire, Hur, Lazzari, Vierne and Migot. She regularly gives masterclasses and serves on juries, notably for the Montreal International Music Competition and the Tibor Varga Competition (Switzerland). She was awarded many grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and has the ongoing support of theConseil des arts et des lettres du Qubecand of theConseil des arts de Montralfor her different artistic projects.

She received the highest diplomas in interpretation from Indiana University, the Royal Academy of Music of London and theConservatoire de musique de Montral.Her teachers were Josef Gingold , Manoug Parikian and Taras Gabora for the violin and Menahem Pressler, Janos Starker, Gyorgy Sebok and Otto Joachim for chamber music.

Renowned pedagogue, she teaches at theConservatoire de musique de Montraland at the International Summer Academy of the Orford Arts Center. She plays on a 1738 Carlo Antonio Testore violin.

Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano

Winner of the 2011 Prix dEurope, Charles Richard-Hamelin is one of todays most promising Canadian pianists. He won the second prize at the Montreal International Musical Competition and the third prize and special award for the best performance of a Beethoven sonata at the Seoul International Music Competition in South Korea. In April 2015, he won the prestigious Career Development Award offered by the Womens Musical Club of Toronto. Charles is a member of the celebrated Trio Hochelaga since April 2014.

As a soloist, he has performed with various ensembles including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Mtropolitain, Korean Symphony Orchestra and I Musici de Montral.He is also frequently invited to perform at major festivals in Canada (Lanaudire, Orford, Ottawa Chamberfest, Montreal Chamber Music Festival and Domaine Forget).

Originally from Lanaudire in Qubec, he studied with Paul Surdulescu, Sara Laimon, Boris Berman and Andr Laplante. He obtained a bachelors degree in performance from McGill University in 2011 and a masters degree from the Yale School of Music in 2013 and received full scholarships in both institutions. His first solo CD, which was released on the Analekta label in 2015, features late works by Chopin.

When: Apr 11, 2016 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Mon, 11 Apr 2016 20 )
Youth Art Month Makerspace
Take a different kind of selfie in our self-portrait salon! Join the Clark after school each Thursday in March to celebrate creativity and Youth Art Month with weekly art activities in our Makerspace on the lower level of the Clark Center. Be sure to pick up a gallery self-guide to see how your art relates to works in our collection. Recommended for 4th-8th graders; all children must be accompanied by an adult.

When: Mar 10, 2016 12 AM to Mar 10, 2016 12 AMin Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 10 Mar 2016 00 )
Men's Hockey vs Hamilton (home)
Hamilton vs Williams

When: Feb 21, 2016 3 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sun, 21 Feb 2016 15 )
Club Zambezi Dance Party!

Dance out the cold to the beat of William's own Zambezi Marimba Band. Fun - and amazingly refreshing! Family friendly, funky, and full of energy, this is an event for music and dance fans alike!

When: Feb 12, 2016 12 AM to Feb 12, 2016 12 AMin Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: $3 (Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00 )
Collecting: An Afternoon with Jon Landau
Noted private collector Jon Landau, art dealer Andrew Butterfield, and former Clark Senior Curator Richard Rand discuss the collection of Renaissance and nineteenth-century painting and sculpture Landau has assembled over many years. Using this private collection as an example, the three experts consider how collectors decide where to focus their attention, how changes in the art market have affected the practice of collecting, and related topics. American music critic, manager, and record producer Jon Landau has managed Bruce Springsteen since 1977 and was a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone in the '60s and '70s.

When: Feb 27, 2016 12 AM to Feb 27, 2016 12 AMin Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 00 )
Economics Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar

Tatiana Homonoff of Cornell will present an Economics Class of 1960 Scholars seminar. Title TBA.

A link to the paper, if and when one is available, will be posted at .

When: Apr 11, 2016 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16 )
Economics Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar

John Parman of The College of William & Mary will present an Economics Class of 1960 Scholars seminar. Title TBA.

A link to the paper, if and when one is available, will be posted at .

When: Mar 16, 2016 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Wed, 16 Mar 2016 16 )

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 9, 2016 12:15:00 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Wed, 09 Mar 2016 12:15:00 )
Williams Jazz Ensemble

TheWilliams Jazz Ensembleunder the direction ofKris Allenis our premier jazz group, performing works from throughout the big band canon, with a special focus on modern compositions. Thisconcert will feature a special guest artist.

When: Apr 29, 2016 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20 )
Jazz Guitar Studio Recital

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

When: May 17, 2016 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Tue, 17 May 2016 19 )
Williams Jazz Repertory Ensemble Concert

TheWilliams Jazz Repertory Ensembleis led byKris Allen. The groupdevotes itself to the study and presentation of significant composers and movements in jazz history.

When: May 12, 2016 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Thu, 12 May 2016 19 )
Small Jazz Ensembles

TheSmall Jazz Ensemblesconcert presents talented student jazz musicians in a program of standards and originals. 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 11, 2016 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Wed, 11 May 2016 19 )
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 14, 2016 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Sat, 14 May 2016 20 )
Gospel Choir Concert

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 directed bySharldine Desire 16and is advised byAvery Sharpe, Artist Associate with the department of music.

When: Apr 23, 2016 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Sat, 23 Apr 2016 19 )
WiPE & Concert Choir & Chamber Choir

The Williams Concert Choir and Percussion Ensemble presenta Sound uttered, a Silence crossed (ASK)for SATB Choir and Percussion Quartet by Nathan Davis, with libretto by Laura Mullen. This co-commissioned work also features electronics, hydrophones (amplified water tubs), and audience participation via smart phone.

When: May 6, 2016 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Fri, 06 May 2016 20 )
Chinese Music Ensemble Concert

The Chinese Music Ensemble is composed of talented music students and ensemble director, Mr. Wang Guowei. We hope to introduce the vitality and rich variety of Chinese music to the students and community of Williams College and beyond.

Among the Chinese instruments featured on this concert will be the erhu, zheng, dizi, hulusi, liuqin, and Chinese percussion.

When: May 4, 2016 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Wed, 04 May 2016 19 )

Sambadendewas created in 2001 byTy Hammes, who having lived in Salvador and having performed with Olodum and other blocos in Bahia wished to recreate that sound in the local music scene in Boulder. With the addition of Chico Meira, from Rio de Janeiro, Sambadende expanded its repertoire to include samba do quintal, coco, jongo, MPB, afoxe, maracatu, forro, and other rhythms.

In 2001, Mr. Hammes convinced 15 people to create a bloco, or street percussion ensemble, to perform at our capoeira fundraiser in Boulder, CO. With six surdo players, caixas, repeniques, and congas on stage, the first show brought a new sound, Samba-Reggae, to the Boulder music scene. The enthusiastic response from the crowd led to another gig the following month and the group was given the name Sambadende, meaning (more or less) Palm Oil Samba. The word dende means palm oil in Portuguese, but the meaning was two-part. First, to say something has dende means to say that it has spice, and this phrase is used in Capoeira music, which was the roots of the group. Secondly, the word is reminiscent of the smell of palm oil that would fill the air each evening in Salvador da Bahia (where Mr. Hammes had lived before moving to Boulder) signifying the arrival of percussion ensembles (blocos) on the streets to perform.

The first few years saw over 30 people play as the group evolved from a bloco to a band, adding in guitar and other styles of music. Return trips to Brazil allowed Mr. Hammes to spend time in Pernambuco, Maranhao, and other states in Brazil, and we began to mix in other rhythms such as coco, maracatu, jongo, and afoxe. Chico Meira, a native of Rio de Janeiro, joined the group in 2003, bringing nearly 30 years of Brazilian music to the band. Other important contributors to the band at that time, aside from the current members, included Lali Vieira, Jans Ingber, Jonathan Modell, Stacey Ludlow, Scott Messersmith, Nicole Rodriguez, and others. In 2005 the band was reduced to 6 people and has remained fairly constant since. In 2008, Sambadende were hired to play a wedding in Brazil, and the band journeyed together from Rio to Pernambuco, traveling in a van and playing with groups at different stops along the way.

Sambadende was founded on the inherent sense of community found in Brazilian music, and the personality of the band remains the same. To share the experience with the crowd and to blur to distinction between musicians on stage and those dancing in the crowd.

Emerson String Quartet is presented by the Williams College Department of Music with the generous support of the W. Ford Schumann 50 Performing Arts Endowment.

When: Apr 30, 2016 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20 )
Kusika and the Zambezi Marimba Band

In April 2015, Kusika and Zambezi members performed in New York City as part of a celebration of The Clark Center for the Performing Arts at the historic 92nd Street Y and returned to Jacobs Pillows Inside/Out stage in July. We are continuing to expand our study of dance and music from the African continent and the African Diaspora this year with a focus on the Caribbean. Our work strives to reflect the global impact of the continents people in history and contemporary life.

When: Apr 9, 2016 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: $3 (Sat, 09 Apr 2016 20 )
WAXWORKS by Trina Davies

1789. With France on the verge of revolution, a young Madame Tussaud, Marie Grosholz, is called from her post at Versailles back to Dr. Curtius Wax Salon in the heart of Paris. There she is introduced to the most influential people in Paris, including Maximilien Robespierre, who takes a particular interest in her art. As the revolution descends, Marie is forced to confront the remains of those she has befriendedwhose waxen images must be set with signs that identify them as patriots or enemies. Written by award-winning Canadian playwright Trina Davies, Waxworks is an exploration of the tales were told, the heroes and villains we create, and the life of an extraordinary artist who developed the first world-wide entertainment brand.


When: May 5, 2016 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: $3 (Thu, 05 May 2016 19 )

(Contemporary Dance Ensemble) is dedicated to the continued development of dance on the campus and in the community by fostering collaboration across artistic and academic disciplines. By integrating the foundational techniques of modern and ballet with contemporary and popular forms of movement, music, and multimedia, we create an environment for the creation and performance of original work by two faculty artistic directors, visiting artists, and students. This fall, CoDa collaborates with the Departments of Theatre and Music in a newly conceived production of ShakespearesThe Tempest, directed by Jean-Bernard Bucky. TitledThe Tempest: A Gyre,this dance theatre production will include live performance by WiPE (the Williams Percussion Ensemble). Recent projects include a restaging of co-director Erica DankmeyersTreeline; the premiere ofVanish, a new piece by co-director Janine Parker, and an originalRite of Springwith live piano accompaniment of Stravinskys iconic score. Last year, CoDa enjoyed an exciting collaboration with Wendy Rein and Ryan T. Smith, Artistic Directors of San Franciscos RAWdance, who created an original work,In Pursuit Of, for our spring season, and returned as guest artists to perform their searing duetAfter 5:00. Join us on the journey!

When: May 6, 2016 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: $3 (Fri, 06 May 2016 20 )
Alex Ross

Alex Ross has been contributing toThe New Yorkersince 1993, and he became the magazines music critic in 1996. He writes about classical music, covering the field from the Metropolitan Opera to the downtown avant-garde, and has also contributed essays on pop music, literature, twentieth-century history, and gay life. Hisfirst book, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, a cultural history of music since 1900, won a National Book Critics Circle award and theGuardianFirst Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2013, the Southbank Centre, in London, mounted a yearlong festival inspired by The Rest Is Noise, involving more than a hundred concerts. His second book is the essay collection Listen to This. He is now at work on a third book, called Wagnerism, describing the composers vast cultural impact. In 2008, he was named a MacArthur Fellow; he has also received anArts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Belmont Prize in Germany.

When: Mar 11, 2016 4:15:00 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Fri, 11 Mar 2016 16:15:00 )
Williams Chamber Players

The Williams Chamber Players is a faculty chamber ensemble that presents concerts for the college and community throughout the academic year. Repertoire for concerts is drawn from the standard chamber music with special attention to music of the 20th and 21st centuries, and to music by Williams composers. Musicians are normally drawn from the ranks ofour performance faculty.

Featured on this concert is the Bach E MajorSonata for Violin and Klavier performed byJoanna Kurkowicz, violin and Doris Stevenson, piano.

Composer Alllen Shawnoffers a world premiere of a new work for cello and pianowritten forcellist and Williams music faculty memberNathanielRyer-Parke. Mr. Shawn collaborates on piano.

The second part of the program is devoted to a trio by Tchaikovsky.

About Allen Shawn
Allen Shawn is a composer of a large catalogue of orchestral and chamber music, andhas also composed three chamber operas, songs, piano music, and music for ballet, theater, and film. He was the recipient of a 1995 Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and an Academy Award in Music from the Academy in 2001. His music is recorded on Opus One, Bay Cities, Northeastern, and Albany records, and is published by Boosey and Hawkes, Oxford University Press, Galaxy Music, GunMar Music, and Morningstar Music. He is active as a pianist, and is the author of two books,Arnold Schoenbergs Journey(2002), which won the 2003 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, andWish I Could Be There(2007), as well as articles on contemporary music for theAtlantic Monthly,The Musical Times, andThe Times Literary Supplement. BA, Harvard; study with Nadia Boulanger; MA, Columbia. Shawn has taught at Bennington College since 1985.

The Williams Chamber Players was founded in 1999 and is coordinated by Doris Stevenson.

When: Mar 11, 2016 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Fri, 11 Mar 2016 20 )
A Wandering Sukkah

Danielle Durschlag and Ryan Frank will discuss their public art piece that traveled to New York Citys five boroughs in September 2015. The mobile sukkah offered solace and curated sky views to New Yorkers of all backgrounds during the holiday of Sukkot.

When: Feb 23, 2016 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 23 Feb 2016 19 )
Women's Lacrosse vs RPI (away)
Williams vs RPI

When: Mar 10, 2016 5 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 10 Mar 2016 17 )
Men's Lacrosse vs Union (N.Y.) (away)
Williams vs Union (N.Y.)

When: Mar 9, 2016 6 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Wed, 09 Mar 2016 18 )
Music Faculty Talk with Zachary Wadsworth

Assistant Professor Zachary Wadsworth will present two recent compositions, both commissioned by the Staunton Music Festival, where he is a composer in residence. The first,Four Laws, is a duet for percussionists that explores the compositional process through the creation and destruction of musical laws. The second,Walzer einer neuen Liebe(Waltzes of a new love), is a set of songs that uses banned poetry offin de sicleGermany to explore homoerotic desire in Romantic spaces.

When: Feb 17, 2016 4:15:00 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Wed, 17 Feb 2016 16:15:00 )
Chemistry Colloquium

Professor Matthew Whited, Carleton College

"Stoichiometric and Catalytic Reactions Exploiting Metal/SiliconCooperation"

The coordinative and redox flexibility of organosilicon ligands makesthem ideal candidates for exploration of new cooperative pathways for small-molecule activation. In this talk, I will present recent findings from our laboratory using new and old families of silicon-based ligands for cooperative bond-forming and bond-breaking reactions at late transition metals. In particular, I will examine a variety of nitrogen-atom and nitrene-group-transfer reactions facilitated by metal silylamides as well as cooperative hydrogenation and hydrosilylation processes occurring at late-metal silyl and silylene complexes supported by rigid pincer-type ligands.

When: Mar 4, 2016 1:10:00 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 04 Mar 2016 13:10:00 )
In / dependence: Capturing Women in (New) French Cinema

In/dependence: Capturing Women in(New)French Cinemafocuses onnotions of identity and survival, freedom and faith, creativity, madness and lucidity in eighteenth, nineteenth century and contemporary France. The 2016edition of the Tournes/Williams College French Film Festival features thesubjectivities of black teenagers from the banlieue, the anguish of a sculptor who has been institutionalized, the struggle of a young woman who refuses to become a nun, a filmmakers entanglement with a scam artist, the life of women working in a bordello at the turn of the 19th century, and the deprogrammed daughter of the leader of a futuristic totalitarian state. These films offer individual and collective portraits of women who exist within and without traditional gender ideologies.

Tonight's film is Camille Claudel, 1915. Directed by Bruno Dumont, brilliantly acted by Juliette Binoche, and filmed in a psychiatric asylum, the film is about the ordeal of the gifted sculptor, protg and then lover of Auguste Rodin, Camille Claudel, who spent the lastthirty years of her life in an asylum.

The film is in French with English subtitles. Admission is free.

February 22 Abus de faiblesse / Abuse of Weakness

February 29 La noiraude and Bande de filles / Girlhood

Paresky auditorium showings:

March 2 Alphaville

March 9 La religieuse / The Nun

March 16 L'Apollonide / House of Pleasures

The2016 Tournes/Williams College French Film Festival was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, the Centre National de la Cinmatographie et de lImage Anime, and the Franco-American Cultural Fund.

When: Feb 15, 2016 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Mon, 15 Feb 2016 19 )
2016 Tournes/Williams College French Film Festival - "Alphaville"

Our festival focus onIn/dependence: Capturing Women in(New)French Cinemacontinues this week and for the next two Wednesdays on campus in Paresky Auditorium. Tonight's screening ofAlphaville: une trange aventure de Lemmy Caution/ Alphavillede Jean-Luc Godard will be presented by French film scholar and critic, Sally Shafto.

A cockeyed fusion of science fiction, pulp characters, and surrealist poetry, Godards irreverent journey to the mysterious Alphaville remains one of the least conventional films of all time. Eddie Constantine stars as intergalactic hero Lemmy Caution, on a mission to kill the inventor of fascist computer Alpha 60. He is aided in the quest by the creators own daughter, played by Anna Karina. [Criterion Collection]

The film is in French with English subtitles

All are welcome.

The 2016 Tournes/Williams College French Film Festival was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, the Centre National de la Cinmatographie et de lImage Anime, and the Franco-American Cultural Fund.

When: Mar 2, 2016 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Wed, 02 Mar 2016 19 )
Looking at Lunchtime: Carpeaux
Graduate Curatorial Intern Lea Stephenson discusses Carpeaux's Daphnis and Chloe, featured in the exhibition An Eye for Excellence: Twenty Years of Collecting.

When: Mar 1, 2016 12 AM to Mar 1, 2016 12 AMin Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 01 Mar 2016 00 )
Marcher le monde / Walking the World with Fabienne Kanor

Fabienne Kanor explains her talk as "walking the world, means retracing the paths of undocumented migrants and exiles in order to tell their stories. It expresses the belief, that sometimes, writing, is a form of repatriation."

"Marcherlemonde, c'estmarchersur les traces des clandestins et des exils pour raconter leurs histoires.C'est croire, parfois, en ce que Saint-John Perse nous disait : que l'criture rapatrie."

In 2008, a literary grantStendhalallowedKanorto spend three months with North and West African migrants in Italy (Rome and Lampedusa), Spain (Madrid and Almera), the Canary Islands (Tenerife), Mauritania (Nouadibhou), Senegal (Dakar and Mbour), Mali (Bamako) and Morocco. In her talk shewill recount the hardships of North Africans and West African migrants who call themselvesHarragas,Aventuriers, orModous Modousand critically examineher position within that project.

FabienneKanorwas born in Orleans, France in the 70s tomigrsfromMartinique in the 60s. She is afree-lance journalist for television, radio and newspapers,a film director and a prolific author.

When: Mar 1, 2016 6 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 01 Mar 2016 18 )
Prof. David Metzer

Prof. David Metzers work explores a range of twentieth and twenty-first century styles, including classical, jazz, and pop. He is currently working on a book dealing with this history of the ballad in American popular music from the 1950s to the present.

Dr. Metzers publications includedMusical Modernism at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century(Cambridge University Press, 2009) andQuotation and Cultural Meaning in Twentieth-Century Music(Cambridge University Press, 2003). He has had articles published inPopular Music, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Journal of Musicology, Black Music Research Journal, andModernism/Modernity, among other journals.

When: Mar 1, 2016 4:15:00 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Tue, 01 Mar 2016 16:15:00 )
Start with Art Preschool Series
Get your preschoolers off to a good start with themed talks, gallery guides, and art-making activities specially designed for this age group. Best suited to three- to six-year-olds and their parents. No registration necessary. These events are free and open to the public. Art project appropriate clothing encouraged.

When: Mar 12, 2016 12 AM to Mar 12, 2016 12 AMin Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sat, 12 Mar 2016 00 )
Berkshire Symphony Family Concert

All are invited to theBerkshire Symphony Childrens and Family Concert! This Saturday afternoon event featuresPictures at an Exhibitionby Modest Mussorgsky. Children of every age can enjoy Mussorgskys exciting score that paints in sound.

When: Mar 5, 2016 2 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Sat, 05 Mar 2016 14 )
Orion Weiss and Anna Polonsky, piano duo

Anna Polonskyis widely in demand as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared with the Moscow Virtuosi, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the St. Lukes Chamber Ensemble, and many others. Ms. Polonsky has collaborated with the Guarneri, Orion, Daedalus, and Shanghai Quartets, and with such musicians as Mitsuko Uchida, David Shifrin, Richard Goode, Ida and Ani Kavafian, Cho-Liang Lin, Arnold Steinhardt, Anton Kuerti, Gary Hoffman, and Fred Sherry. She is regularly invited to perform chamber music at festivals such as Marlboro, Chamber Music Northwest, Seattle, Music@Menlo, Cartagena, Bard, and Caramoor, as well as at Bargemusic in New York City. Ms. Polonsky has given concerts in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Halls Stern, Weill, and Zankel Halls, and has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. A frequent guest at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, she was a member of the Chamber Music Society Two during 2002-2004. In 2006 she took a part in the European Broadcasting Unions project to record and broadcast all of Mozarts keyboard sonatas, and in the spring of 2007 she performed a solo recital at Carnegie Halls Stern Auditorium to inaugurate the Emerson Quartets Perspectives Series. She is a recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award.

Anna Polonsky made her solo piano debut at the age of seven at the Special Central Music School in Moscow, Russia. She emigrated to the United States in 1990, and attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Music diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with the renowned pianist Peter Serkin, and continued her studies with Jerome Lowenthal, earning her Masters Degree from the Juilliard School. In addition to performing, she serves on the piano faculty of Vassar College. She is a Steinway Artist.


When youre named after one of the biggest constellations in the night sky, the pressure is on to display a little star power and the young pianist Orion Weiss did exactly that The Washington Post

One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, the pianist Orion Weiss has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him worldwide acclaim.

Named the Classical Recording Foundations Young Artist of the Year in September 2010, in the summer of 2011 Mr. Weiss made his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood as a last-minute replacement for Leon Fleisher. In recent seasons, he has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and in duo summer concerts with the New York Philharmonic at both Lincoln Center and the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival. In 2005, he toured Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Itzhak Perlman.

Also known for his affinity and enthusiasm for chamber music, Weiss performs regularly with his wife, the pianist Anna Polonsky, violinist James Ehnes, and cellist Zuill Bailey, as well as ensembles including the Pacifica Quartet. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Weiss has appeared across the U.S. at venues and festivals including Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival, Sheldon Concert Hall, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Music Society SummerFest, Chamber Music Northwest, the Bard Music Festival, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, the Kennedy Center, and Spivey Hall.He won the 2005 William Petschek Recital Award at Juilliard, and made his New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall that April. Also in 2005 he made his European debut in a recital at the Muse du Louvre in Paris. He was a member of the Chamber Music Society Two program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center from 2002-2004, which included his appearance in the opening concert of the Societys 2002-2003 season at Alice Tully Hall performing Ravels La Valse with pianist Shai Wosner.

Mr. Weisss impressive list of awards includes the Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Gina Bachauer Scholarship at the Juilliard School and the Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship. A native of Lyndhurst, OH, Weiss attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Paul Schenly, Daniel Shapiro, Sergei Babayan, Kathryn Brown, and Edith Reed. In February of 1999, Mr. Weiss made his Cleveland Orchestra debut performing Liszts Piano Concerto No. 1. In March 1999, with less than 24 hours notice, Weiss stepped in to replace Andr Watts for a performance of Shostakovichs Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He was immediately invited to return to the Orchestra for a performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto in October 1999. In 2004, he graduated from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Emanuel Ax.

When: Apr 6, 2016 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Wed, 06 Apr 2016 20 )
"American Catch: How we lost and how we might regain our local seafood"

Paul Greenberg, author of Four Fish and American Catch. http://paulgreenberg.org/

Sponsored by the Center for Environmental Studies and the Class of 1960 Scholars Program in Environmental Studies

When: Apr 14, 2016 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20 )
Social Change Film Series

Highlights mainstream and independent films throughout the year that speak to issues of diversity in ideology, social identity, injustice, as well as prejudice and discrimination. Films are selected to encourage critical thought and cross-cultural communication.

For an updated listing of films please visit theDavis Center calendar.

When: Feb 10, 2016 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19 )
Math Puzzle Dinner

Prof. Palsson will bring a math contest from somewhere in the world; we all look at it for the first time together and try to brainstorm a solution.

When: Feb 10, 2016 5 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17 )
" Advancing the Solar Industry in New England: A Case Study of Politics and Policy"

Dan Bosley, Government Relations Executive, New England Energy Council and former Massachusetts State Representative from the First Berkshire District (1987-2011). http://www.necec.org/. Reservations ($4) thru url: http://goo.gl/forms/KGQLaoMfK6 or dlewis@williams.edu.

When: Feb 26, 2016 12 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 26 Feb 2016 12 )

Jeff Nunokawa isProfessor of English at Princeton--in addition to his work as a literary scholar, Nunokawa is a personal essayist whose brilliant, singular Facebook essays, collected in the Princeton University Press volume note book, have been most often compared to those of Michel de Montaigne. Nunokawas work, which almost always begins with a reading of a literary or philosophical text, touches on the immigrant experience, queer aesthetics, and the emotional substrate of the digital literary landscape. His sensitivity to the vastness and speed of the world is often tempered, in these wide-ranging essays, by a meditative pace of extraordinary generosity and a depth of attention not often associated with our most prolific digital practitioners.Nunokawa will visit Williams on April 8 to deliver the springlecture in the Art of the Essay series.

When: Apr 8, 2016 3 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Fri, 08 Apr 2016 15 )

Nico Muhly, the extrordinary and highly prolificcomposer, will deliver the inaugural lecture in the Theory in Practice lecture series, which invites contemporary artists to reflect on how the study of philsophy, critical theory, and the liberal arts has influenced their practice. Muhlystudied English literature at Columbia University in conjunction with his training in composition at Julliard. His most significant work to date has been two full-scale operas: Dark Sisters, and Two Boys, the latter of which was commission by the Metropolitan Opera.Muhly has written for the New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic, Paris Opra Ballet, the Boston Pops, Carnegie Hall, and countless classical, new music, and popular recording artists. Muhly is also an accomplished essayist, writing frequently on musics from Madonna to Byrd, arts and politics and the politics of the fine arts, and food, fashion, design. Hemaintains an active social media presence that serves as a link between the classical community, the new music world, and the broader world of pop music. His talk, "Roots & Pulses" will be a multimedia celebration of music, wit, and insight.

When: Mar 4, 2016 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 04 Mar 2016 16 )

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