Williams Percussion Ensemble Fall Concert
The Williams College Department of Music presents Williams College Percussion Ensemble on Saturday, November 16, at 8 p.m., in a program titled, ‘Pixels.’ This free event is open to the public.
WiPE is an ensemble that utilizes any and all kinds of percussion instruments to make music – from keyboards to found objects like metal plates.
The fall concert program features two works that explore non-Western traditions: Iannis Xenakis’s ‘Okho’ for three African djembe drums, and Claude Vivier’s ‘Pulau Dewata’ based on the tonalities and rhythms of Bali. The ensemble presents the world premiere by Casey McLellan, Williams College Class of 2014, ‘The Law of Any Numbers’ for piano, harpsichord, vibraphone, and marimba. The ensemble also features works for toy piano and electronics by Daniel Wohl and John Cage. The evening concludes with a celebration of the music of David Kechley. The composer’s colorful ‘Dancing’ is considered a classic for percussion ensemble. An unusual and wide array of percussion instruments, including drums, cymbals, wooden slabs, keyboards, toy pianos, pitched cowbells, and gongs bring these works to life.
Chapin Hall located at 54 Chapin Hall Drive on the Williams College campus.