Williams Percussion Ensemble to Perform Free Concert
The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Percussion Ensemble in a free concert titled ‘Sextet,’ on Saturday, April 19, at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams campus.
‘Sextet’ features two recent works for percussion trio and a Steve Reich masterpiece: Brazilian born composer Alexandre Lunsqui’s ‘SHI’ is a rhythmic thrill ride performed with chopsticks and metal rods on instruments found in the kitchen and the recycling bin; young Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s ‘Aura,’ is a quiet and haunting work featuring delicate scrapes and shimmers, performed in the dark with lights attached to the musicians, bringing focus to their intricate choreography. The second half of the program will be given over to Reich’s landmark ‘Sextet,’ a seminal work by one of America’s most influential and composers.
In programs featuring cutting edge new and experimental music, and important works of the twentieth-century, the ensemble employs all manner of percussion instruments, found sounds and electronics to create music that resonates across boundaries of genre and discipline. In addition to music for percussion alone, the group presents works for mixed ensembles and new and experimental music for other instruments, and often works directly with composers. The ensemble also collaborates with artists in diverse media in order to explore the connections between different types of sound, form, image, and movement.
For more information, visit music.williams.edu or call 413-597-3146 Chapin Hall is located at 54 Chapin Hall Drive on the Williams College campus, Williamstown, Mass.