Williams Chamber Players to feature composer Allen Shawn


WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., -- The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Chamber Players in concert on Friday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall at Williams College. This free event is open to the public.

Nathaniel Parke and pianist Elizabeth Wright begin the evening with Janacek’s Pohádka (’Fairy Tale’), a piece partly inspired by the composer’s Czech nationalism and search for Slavic roots. After this introduction, the Williams Chamber Players present a world premiere by Allen Shawn. Mr. Shawn has been a member of the music faculty of Bennington College since 1985 and is also the author of a number of books. "Five Poems of Georg Trakl" will be performed by bass-baritone Keith Kibler, for whom the piece was composed. Austrian poet Georg Trakl (1887-1914) composed extraordinarily dark, compressed and dream-like poems. Subject to depression and to a deeply unstable, chaotic inner life, Trakl only lived to be twenty-seven. Along with pianist Elizabeth Wright, Mr. Kibler performs the music set to the poems, "Nachts" (At Night), "Rondel", "Melancholie" (Melancholy), "Im Roten Laubwerk Voll Guitarren..." (In Red Foliage Full of Guitars), and "Sommer" (Summer).

After a brief intermission the Williams Chamber Players return to the stage to present Terzetto No 4 in D Major for Guitar, Violin and Cello (1833) by Paganini. Guitarist Robert Phelps is joined by violinist Joana Genova and Nathaniel Parke, cello

To round off the evening Joana Genova, Nathaniel Parke, and Doris Stevenson are joined by violist Ah ling Neu to present Robert Schumann’s Piano Quartet.

The Williams Chamber Players is a resident performance faculty chamber music ensemble at Williams.


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