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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Free chamber music concert

Free chamber music by Williams students
Music by Bach, Wienawski, Brahms.

Bach: Cello Suite No. 5
Wieniawski: Scherzo Tarantelle, for violin and piano
Brahms: Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 87

Rebecca Christainsen, viola
Christopher Chung, violin
Dalton Yu, piano

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Messiah Sing-Along Sunday Nov 24 at 4:00 pm

Join vocal soloists Kerry Ryer-Parke, Emily Ham ('22), Kurt Pfrommer ('18) and Keith Kibler in the Christmas section and Hallelujah Chorus of Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, November 24 at 4 pm at St. John’s. 

Audience members are invited to sing the choruses – bring your vocal score (the church will have some on hand). 

If you’d like to come and just listen, that’s fine too! 

Jimmy Bergin will conduct an orchestra consisting of local professionals, Williams students, and CIAO! (Community Intergenerational Action Orchestra).  

Free will donations will be gratefully accepted to benefit Berkshire Food Project and the Friendship Center Food Pantry. 

A wonderful way to kick off the holiday season before the rush!

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Folk-gospel-American concert Friday, Nov 2 at 8 pm

Piper Higgins (Williams '21) and Bill Reyburn perform gospel, Americana, folk music
Suggested donation $10
All donations benefit the Berkshire Immigrant Center

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Free piano recital Monday, August 19th at noon

The 16th annual free Summer Noontime concert series concludes this Monday, August 19th, with a performance by pianist Mo Xu.  The program includes Beethoven: Sonata No. 6, Op. 10/2; Robert Schumann: Papillons, Op. 2; and the towering and monumental Sonata in B Minor of Franz Liszt.

New to our series, Mo Xu has performed at many prestigious venues, including Weill Recital Hall at the Carnegie Hall, Benzanson Recital Hall, Kemp Recital Hall, ISU Center for the Performing Arts and Sweeney Concert Hall. 

Mo received second prize at the American Protégé International Concerto Competition, second prize at the "Golden Classical Music Awards" International Competition and honorable mentions at the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition and the Paderewski International Piano Competition in Connecticut.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

free violin and viola duo recital

The 16th annual Summer Noontime concert series continues with a performance by violinist Emily Kalish and violist James Bergin.The program features music by Morley and Mozart, as well as new works written for the duo by Gary Philo and Amy Reich. 

Emily Kalish has performed annually on the St. John's Summer Noontime Concert Series since its inception in 2004. She is a member of the Binghamton Philharmonic and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. She produces chamber music concerts for and performs with the Dream Unfinished, an activist orchestra dedicated to engaging audiences with issues related to racial and social justice.

James Bergin is a member of the Berkshire Symphony, founder and conductor of the Community Intergenerational Action Orchestra (CIAO!) based in Williamstown, MA, a composer, and the executive director of the Boston Microtonal Society. He directs the music program at the Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter School (BART) in Adams and is a teaching artist with Eighteen Degrees/Kids 4 Harmony in North Adams. He co-directs the Williamstown Orchestra Workshop (WOW) with Emily Kalish

Thursday, August 1, 2019

free viola recital

Michael Strauss, violist, is on the faculty of the Doylestown Community Conservatory and maintains private teaching studios in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, and Chestertown, Maryland. For the last six summers, he has taught chamber music and ear training at the renowned Philadelphia International Music Festival. 
Mr. Strauss has performed professionally as an orchestral and chamber musician throughout the Northeastern and Midwestern United States, Israel, and Mexico. From 1999 until his 2009 move to Philadelphia, he was Principal Violist and Director of Education and Outreach for the Mid-Atlantic Symphony, director of the Washington College String Orchestra, the Kent School Strings, and “Classical Advantage,” a musical day camp, and founded the Mariner String Quartet. 
He received a BA from Yale, majoring in English Literature, then, from the New England Conservatory, a Master’s Degree with Distinction in Performance. His most influential teachers were Eugene Lehner, George Neikrug, Benjamin Zander, and Karen Tuttle.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Free piano recital by Music Director Matt Thomas

The 16th annual Summer Noontime concert series continues with a performance by Matthew O. Thomas. The one-hour program includes sonatas by Scarlatti and Haydn, as well as the Kinderszenen/Scenes from Childhood of Robert Schumann. 

Audience members are invited to bring a bag lunch; the church will provide drinks and cookies. 

Mr. Thomas is the Director of Music, Choirmaster, and Organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Williamstown, and is a regarded and highly active collaborative pianist, music director and music educator.