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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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Synopsis:
The Visit Williamstown Theatre Festival

Premiere of a new version of the Kander and Ebb musical The Visit, starring two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera.Synopsis:
Claire Zachanassian was driven from her hometown in disgrace at age 17, betrayed by her lover Anton Schell. Several decades and husbands later, Zachanassian has become the richest woman in the world. Her home town has fallen on very hard times and she offers them a deal: if they will kill the man who broke her heart, she will make them all rich.

Show Dates:
Performances from 31 Jul 2014
Opening 02 Aug 2014
Closing 17 Aug 2014

Performance Schedule:

Thursday, July 31, 7:30pm (Preview)
Friday, August 1, 8:00pm
Saturday, August 2, 3:30pm
Saturday, August 2, 8:00pm (Opening Night)
Sunday, August 3, 2:00pm
Tuesday, August 5, 7:30pm (Talkback)
Wednesday, August 6, 7:30pm
Thursday, August 7, 2:00pm
Thursday, August 7, 7:30pm
Friday, August 8, 8:00pm
Saturday, August 9, 3:30pm
Saturday, August 9, 8:00pm
Sunday, August 10, 2:00pm
Tuesday, August 12, 7:30pm
Wednesday, August 13, 7:30pm
Thursday, August 14, 2:00pm
Thursday, August 14, 7:30pm
Friday, August 15, 8:00pm
Saturday, August 16, 3:30pm
Saturday, August 16, 8:00pm
Sunday, August 17, 2:00pm

Tickets:
Pricing: $35 - $70
Box Office: 413-597-3400

AdvertisementTheatre Information:
Williamstown Theatre Festival
Williams College, '62 Center for Theatre and Dance
Rte 2 East
Williamstown, MA 01267
US

Genre:
Musical

Cast List:
Chita Rivera
Roger Rees
John Bambery
Jason Danieley
Matthew Deming
Diana DiMarzio
Melanie Field
David Garrison
Rick Holmes
Judy Kuhn
Jude McCormick
Tom Nelis
Chris Newcomer
Aaron Ramey
Timothy Shew
Michelle Veintimilla

Production Credits:
Directed by John Doyle
Choreography by Graciela Daniele
Scenic Design by Scott Pask
Costume Design by Ann Hould-Ward
Lighting Design by Japhy Woodman

Other Credits:
Lyrics by: Fred Ebb
Music by: John Kander
Book by: Terrence McNally, based on the play by Friedrich Duerrenmatt

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When: Jul 31, 2014 12 AM to Aug 17, 2014 12 AMin Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Pricing: $35 - $70 (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00 )
Free Concert: Across the Pond
Relive the magical music of the British Invasion with Across the Pond, a popular Beatles tribute band that strives to capture the exuberance of a Beatles live show, including later songs the Beatles recorded but never performed in concert. 6:00 pm. Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts 413 458 2303

When: Jul 22, 2014 6 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18 )
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 )
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 )
Helen Sung, jazz pianist

Pianist/composer Helen Sung has spent most of her life in two distinct worlds. A classical student from a young age who transitioned to jazz in her early twenties, she understands the limitless range and potential of the piano in a way that few specialists in either genre can. In addition, as the daughter of Chinese immigrants, Sung embodies two diverse cultures and has discovered a musical voice and identity that are true to both and more importantly, true to herself.



When: Oct 2, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Thu, 02 Oct 2014 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 works for Little Big Band.



When: Nov 14, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20 )
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 )
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 )
Music Department Open House

The music department opens its doors to new and returning students for the annual Open House from 2:30 4:00 p.m. All are invited to meet with faculty, artists in residence, and artist associates. You can find out about auditions, music lessons, ensembles, and music classes for 2014/2015. Students can sign up for lesson or ensemble auditions right on the spot. Refreshments served.



When: Sep 3, 2014 2 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14 )
Williams Concert Choir & Chamber Choir

The combined Williams Concert Choir together with the Williams Chamber Choir join forces to present their fall concert. The 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.
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: Nov 7, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Fri, 07 Nov 2014 20 )
Berkshire Symphony

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Berkshire Symphony in concert on Friday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus. There is a pre-concert talk with conductor Ronald Feldman.

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: Oct 17, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Fri, 17 Oct 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 )
Williams Chamber Players

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Chamber Players in their second concert of the season, Friday, Oct. 10, 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: Oct 10, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20 )
Williams Chamber Players

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Chamber Players in their first concert of the season, Friday, Sept. 5, 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: Sep 5, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Fri, 05 Sep 2014 20 )
The Aims of Education

Speaker: Harry Brighouse



When: Oct 8, 2014 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16 )
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 "In C"

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: Nov 12, 2014 12:15:00 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:15:00 )
MIDWEEKMUSIC "In C"

MIDWEEKMUSIC is a unique lunchtime music series. Audience sit on the Chapin Hall stage to enjoy the wonderful acoustics and atmosphere of a grand hall that offers the intimate setting of a chamber concert. Everyone is encouraged to bring lunch and enjoy the music performed by our students and faculty. This first MIDWEEKMUSIC of the year consists of just one piece with many performers. Professor Ed Gollin leads a group of Williams students, faculty, and friends in a performance of In C, by Terry Riley. The minimalist work brings together people who might not otherwise get a chance to perform with one another. Over the years the piece has become a tradition in the music department.

Heading up the project Prof. Ed Gollin comments, Besides being a really great piece of music, and great fun to perform, the communal nature of the works organization (a product greater than the sum of the individual performers making individual decisions) reminds us that music is a communal activity. What better way to celebrate the beginning of year by coming together to make music?



When: Oct 1, 2014 12:15:00 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:15:00 )
Pablo Aslan Quintet

Argentine-born Pablo Aslan is in demand for his skills as a producer, bassist, and educator, and for his knowledge of traditional and contemporary tango. He is an energetic and charismatic performer who has taken his unique brand of jazz-infused tango to stages around the world. His most recent album as a leader is Piazzolla in Brooklyn (Soundbrush Records), a tribute to the late Nuevo Tango master. His previous CD, Tango Grill (Zoho Music), was nominated for a 2010 Latin Grammy Award for Best Tango Album and a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album.

There will be a public master class on October 6 at 4:15pm in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.



When: Oct 6, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Mon, 06 Oct 2014 20 )
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: Nov 5, 2014 12:15:00 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Wed, 05 Nov 2014 12:15:00 )
Mirror Visions Ensemble

Mirror Visions Ensemble performs at Williams as part of the music department's Visiting Artists Series.

AsThe New York Timesaptly stated in their May 2011 review, Unlike most chamber music enterprises, the Mirror Visions Ensemble is run by singers rather than instrumentalists, and its programs are shaped with an ear to the poetry of song texts rather than to overarching notions of musical style. The initial interest of the ensemble which is comprised of soprano Vira Slywotzky, tenor Scott Murphree and baritone Jesse Blumberg was the back-to-back performance of multiple settings of a single text. This led to programs built around favorite poets: Shakespeare, Verlaine, Dickinson and Heine, in particular.

A voice and a piano master class with Mirror Visions Ensemble is open to the public on September 26, at 4:15pm in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.



When: Sep 27, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Sat, 27 Sep 2014 20 )
Ronald Feldman, cello

Ronald Feldman is artist in residence in orchestral/instrumental music, and coordinator of student string chamber music at Williams. Mr. Feldman collaborates with pianist Doris Stevenson presenting works of Beethoven, Webern, and Strauss.

Doris Stevenson is artist in residence in piano at Williams and has collaborated with Mr. Feldman for many years.

After a long career in the Boston Symphony Orchestras cello section starting in 1967 at the age of nineteen, Mr. Feldman has gone on to receive critical acclaim for a wide variety of musical achievements. Formerly music director and conductor of the Worcester Symphony Orchestra and of the Boston new music ensemble Extension Works, Mr. Feldman was also music director and conductor of the New England Philharmonic for five seasons. In 1991 he and the Berkshire Symphony were awarded the American Symphony Orchestra Leagues ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music.He is the musical director of the Longwood Symphony and continues to be an active cellist, conductor, and a member of the Williams Chamber Players.



When: Oct 3, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Fri, 03 Oct 2014 20 )
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 )
Faculty Recital with Erin Nafziger, soprano

Soprano Erin Nafziger was recently seen with The New Opera company as Belinda in Dido and Aeneas; a role in which she acquitted herself admirably and her voice was consistent, well-balanced, and beautiful (Michael Miller, The Berkshire Review for the Arts). She is a frequent soloist with the Williams Chamber Players and The New Opera Company of Williamstown, Massachusetts, and performed at the historic Colonial Theater in Pittsfield, MA for the Made in the Berkshires Festival. She was featured in an abbreviated version of The Marriage of Figaro as Countess Almaviva at the Adams Memorial Theater in January of 2013. Other roles include Micala in Tragdie de Carmen, Mim in La Bohme, Pamina in Die Zauberflte, Soeur Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Adele in Die Fledermaus, and Jenny in Company. Other New England area performances include appearances as the soprano soloist in Igor Stravinskys Les Noces, G.F. Handels Messiah and Carl Orffs Carmina Burana in Vermont, and J.S. Bachs Magnificat in New York. She received First Prize in the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Vocal Concerto Competition, Third Place in the Bel Canto Foundation Competition, and she was the recipient of the Francesco and Hilda Riggio Award in the New England Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She was the soprano soloist in John Adams Grand Pianola Music, Faurs Requiem, Vaughn Williams Hodie, and Schumanns Frauenliebe und Leben. She received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from DePaul University, and a Masters Degree from Northwestern University in Vocal Performance. She has been an Artist Associate since 2006, and is co-director of the Williams Opera Workshop with colleague Keith Kibler.



When: Oct 25, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20 )
Kusika and Zambezi

Kusika and Zambezi is a joint project of the music department, dance department, and the Fund for Afro-American Studies. The groups perform dance, music, and storytelling from the African continent and the diaspora. Founded in 1992, Zambezi was originally inspired by traditional Zimbabwean marimba bands. Professor Ernest Brown, developing this idea further, designed a set of chromatic marimbas with a large range, capable of playing many different types of music. Zambezis marimbas are a hybrid combining tempered tuning with a rich and buzzy African tone. With instruments found nowhere else in the world and an inspiration all its own, the Zambezi Marimba Band is truly unique.



When: Nov 21, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20 )
Jeffrey Swann, piano

Jeffrey Swann enjoys an international performing career which has taken him throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. He won first prize in the Dino Ciani Competition sponsored by La Scala in Milan, a gold medal at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and top honors at the Warsaw Chopin, Van Cliburn, Vianna da Motta and Montreal Competitions, as well as the Young Concert Artists auditions in New York City. His large and varied repertoire includes more than 60 concertos as well as solo works ranging from Bach to Boulez.

There will be a piano master class featuring Williams music students on October 31 at 4:15pm in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.



When: Oct 30, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20 )
Ensemble East

Ensemble East brings the rich musical tradition of Japanese classical music to Williamstown for listeners to discover and enjoy. Ensemble East is a chamber music ensemble from New York featuring Japanese instruments. The group has toured throughout the US, South America and the Caribbean and each individual member has a distinguished international performing and recording career. Ensemble East performs the classical music of Japans Edo period as well as modern and contemporary ensemble music for Japanese instruments.

The musicians of Ensemble East bring the atmosphere and sounds of another culture to Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. Called A Master of the Shakuhachi by The New York Times, James Nyoraku Schlefer is a leading performer and teacher of shakuhachi in New York.

From tales of the geisha, to the poetry of nature, the stories of old Japan unfold in this rich musical tradition. Modern solo and ensemble music brings contemporary relevance to their programs. Providing a gateway to Japanese poetry, literature and story telling, the music speaks a language that everyone can understand.



When: Oct 21, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20 )
Ensemble Dal Niente

Ensemble Dal Niente is a 20-member Chicago-based contemporary music collective that presents and performs new music in ways that redefine the listening experience and advance the art form. The programming, brought to life by a flexible repertoire-based instrumentation, seeks to challenge convention and create engaging, inspiring, and immersive experiences that connect audiences with the music of today.

Described as super-musicians and noted for bracing sonic adventures by some of the best new-music virtuosos around (Chicago Tribune), Ensemble Dal Niente became the first-ever ensemble recipient of the coveted Kranichstein Music Prize the top award for music interpretation at the 2012 International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany.

The ensemble has commissioned or premiered hundreds of works and has collaborated with visual artists and playwrights to create rich new experiences for audiences and people of diverse creative disciplines. Equally at home working with major international figures as with younger composers.

The ensembles name, Dal Niente (from nothing in Italian), is a tribute to Helmut Lachenmanns work for clarinet Dal niente (Interieur III), the courageously revolutionary style of which serves as an inspiration for its musicians. The ensembles name also references its humble beginnings founded in 2004 by a group of music students at various Chicago schools, the ensemble has risen from obscurity to a position as one North Americas most prominent new music groups.

There will be a composition reading with Ensemble Dal Niente interpreting works by Williams music students on October 18 at 11am in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.



When: Oct 18, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20 )
Dover Quartet

The Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, becoming one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world.The New Yorkerrecently dubbed them the young American string quartet of the moment, andThe Stradraved that the Quartet is already pulling away from their peers with their exceptional interpretive maturity, tonal refinement and taut ensemble. In 2013-14, the Quartet became the first ever Quartet-in-Residence for the venerated Curtis Institute of Music.

There will also be a free composition reading of works by Williams music students by Dover Quartet. This will take place on November 6 at 2:30pm in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.



When: Nov 5, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Wed, 05 Nov 2014 20 )
Zambezi Marimba Band

Zambezi Marimba Band is inspired by traditional Zimbabwean marimba music as well as contemporary African styles. Zambezis chromatic marimbas are hybrids, combining tempered tuning with a rich and buzzy African tone, making this a truly unique ensemble.



When: Oct 24, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20 )
Baroque Dance Class with Les Delices

Visiting Artists Les Dlices whose specialty is French music of the baroque, dont limit themselves to the merely sonic. This performance introduces the audience to the delights of period dance styles.



When: Nov 20, 2014 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19 )
Bonnie Lea Farm Summer Program - Horse Riding Session
Join us this summer, no matter your level. Learn to ride Improve your equitation Gain horsemanship skills Learn to Show/Improve your Showing & Have fun! Bonnie Lea Farm prides itself on teaching horsemanship as well as strong equitation (proper riding). As a result, our students are life-long riding students who know how to care for their horses. HALF-DAY SESSIONS: The day begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 12:00 noon, Monday through Friday. Students should bring a snack and drinks. Students, ages 8 and up, ride once a day, improve their equitation, learn about horse care and participate in a number of activities. Topics range from grooming and stable management to training and emergency care depending on the level of the student. Please note: half-day students are able to spend the afternoon at the farm by enrolling in the full day Horse/Farm Combo Sessions. FULL-DAY SESSIONS: Limited to Intermediate and Advanced Riders (Walk-Trot-Canter and Jumpers). Full Days run from 9:00 AM until 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday and are intended for stronger riders. Students should bring snacks, lunch and drinks. It is helpful for these students to have their own grooming kit, but we do have some available. See our website for more details and registration form. http://bonnielea.com/wordpress/summerprograms/

When: Aug 11, 2014 9 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Please see our program registration form and more program information on our website at BonnieLea.com. (Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09 )
Summer School: Slightly Twisted Learning
WCMA 104 Palate to Palette: The Aesthetics of Art and Wine Dr. Peter Pedroni, Professor of Economics Thursday, August 21 Using two very different landscape paintings as starting points, well taste wine and talk art: how do notions of symmetry, balance, and structure apply to each? How can a single varietal or genre express itself across differences in time, style, and geography? Well navigate the sequencing of impressions of the eye, nose, and palate. Enrollment in this course in limited to 35 people. Please call 413.597.2038 or email Rachel.Heisler@williams.edu to reserve your spot.

When: Aug 21, 2014 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16 )
Patrick Gray Jr.
Join me while I host the OPEN MIC every Tuesday night from 8pm to 11pm. Get out there and play some tunes. Whether you're new or an old pro, performing covers or originals, performing solo or want to play along with others your welcome at the Purple Pub.

When: Jul 22, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20 )
The Zeiss Planetarium Sky
Williams College invites you to experience the wonders of our universe at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory at Williams College. Astronomy students at the College will host free shows for the public. Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector, installed in April 2005. The Zeiss Skymaster is capable of demonstrating phenomena including: retrograde motions of the planets, phases of the moon, the varying temperatures/colors of stars, locations of neighboring galaxies, the mythological figures and zodiacal signs ascribed to constellations, the Southern Hemisphere's sky, comets, artificial satellites, and much more. Summer '14 shows will be hosted by Williams College alum, Muzhou Lu '13, and students, Teddy Amdur '15, Allison Carter '16 and Keck visiting student, Adam Schiff. Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy, Jay Pasachoff is Director of the Hopkins Observatory. The Hopkins Observatory, built in 1836-38 by the first professor of astronomy at Williams College, Albert Hopkins, is the oldest extant observatory in the United States. Shows will last about 50 minutes. For reservations (recommended) contact Michele Rech at (413) 597-2188 or email at mcr4@williams.edu. Others will be admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments.

When: Jul 22, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Included in admission (Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20 )
Misty Blues
Full Band

When: Jul 29, 2014 5 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17 )
Drawing Classes: Architectural Drawing


When: Jul 28, 2014 10 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: IS183 MEMBER: $99. NON MEMBER $115.

(Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10 )
Field Trip to Field Farm


The Trustees of Reservations invite you to South Williamstown's Field Farm to explore an idyllic outpost of WCMA's collection, and the former home of Lawrence H. Bloedel '23. Join Williams students for a tour of two architectural gems, a collection of midcentury art and furniture, and outdoor sculptures.

Meet at the Field Farm Guest House, 554 Sloan Road

Contact fieldfarm@ttor.org or 458-3135 for more information.

$5; WCMA members, Trustees of Reservations members, and children are free.



When: Aug 3, 2014 2 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sun, 03 Aug 2014 14 )
Folly at Field Farm: House Tour


When: Jul 26, 2014 12 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Members and Children: FREE. Nonmembers: $5. (Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00 )
Tour the Folly at Field Farm
When: Jul 26, 2014 12 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Members: FREE Nonmembers: $5 (Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00 )
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: Jul 22, 2014 12 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12 )
Summer School: Slightly Twisted Learning Mini Course

Get schooled by faculty from across campus with a 50-minute dose of art through a different lens. Then head to our patio, have a glass of wine, and let it all sink in.

Courses meet from 4-4:50 pm. The Patio is open until 8 pm.

WCMA 103

Staging the Gallery: Visual Research in Set Design

David Morris, MFA, Assistant Professor of Theatre

Art offers a window onto the world, but how does its role change when viewed as research for the creation of imagined realms onstage? We will think about art objects as source material for a set design process: how the choice of an early American arm chair can affect an actors posture, or a Hudson River School painting might become the emotional touchstone for an entire scenography.



When: Jul 31, 2014 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16 )
Summer School: Slightly Twisted Learning
Join us for a 50-minute dose of art, then enjoy a glass of wine on the patio and let it all sink in. WCMA 103 Staging the Gallery: Visual Research in Set Design David Morris, MFA, Assistant Professor of Theatre Art offers a window onto the world, but how does its role change when viewed as research for the creation of imagined realms onstage? We will think about art objects as source material for a set design process: how the choice of an early American arm chair can affect an actors posture, or a Hudson River School painting might become the emotional touchstone for an entire scenography.

When: Jul 31, 2014 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16 )
Barn Concert by John Francis



Like his songs, John Francis is rooted in the real, vulnerable, and gritty stories of human experiences, his own and those he encounters. And as he tours and travels, hes collected stories of others, and built his own story on that great ribbon of highway.

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Please join us for this special sound, in the intimate setting of a nineteenth century cow barn:

Doors 6:30 pm

Music 7:30 pm

$10 at the door -- 100% goes to the artist.

$10 donation at the door. 100% goes to the artist.

Please RSVP here for a reservation -- seating is limited.

Son of ministers and musicians, John Francis grew up with folk, rock, and gospel music at the center of his life. He started writing, recording, and performing at age 12 and in college he honed his craft as a songwriter, immersing himself in the classics of poetry and prose. During these years, John played guitar for a gospel band, was honored by ASCAP as the recipient two national lyricist awards, and traveled to Ireland where the musical traditions of his familys homeland added fuel to his fire.

John played upon invitation for the United Nations in New York. In August of 2011, he performed for the inaugural Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, Arkansas alongside Kris Kristofferson, George Jones, Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, and Tommy Cash. He has also shared the stage with Ray Lamontagne, Jeff Tweedy, Amos Lee, Buffy Sainte-Marie, M.Ward, Josh Ritter, Suzanne Vega, Rachael Yamagata, Rickie Lee Jones, Andrew Bird, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Peggy Seeger, Tom Paxton, the Hooters, and festivals with Steve Earle, Judy Collins, Aimee Mann, Rufus Wainwright, Mavis Staples, and Arlo Guthrie.

Trust us, he's good.



When: Jul 31, 2014 6 PM to Jul 31, 2014 10 PMin Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18 )
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 )
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 )
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 )
Talea Ensemble

On Saturday, January 10 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 10, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Sat, 10 Jan 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 )
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 )

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