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Friday, May 31, 2019

Free piano recital - Sunday, June 9 at 4:00 pm

Pianist Paul Celebi performs music by Alexander Scriabin, Claude Debussy, Leos Janacek, Thomas Ades, Fazil Say, and Philip Glass.

Admission is free; donations will be gratefully received at the door.

Paul Çelebi is completing studies in piano and composition at Oberlin under the direction of pianist Alvin Chow and composer Jesse Jones. He previously studied with pianists Ursula Oppens, Peter Frankl, Di Wu, Johnathan Bass, Stephen Drury, Ian Hobson, Alexandre Motouzkine, Monique Duphil, Jean Stackhouse and Anton Nel, among others. 

A winner of several piano competitions, Çelebi has received fellowships from Aspen Music Festival and the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at New England Conservatory. 

He performs regularly as the pianist for Oberlin's renowned Contemporary Music Ensemble (CME), and has premiered numerous pieces, among which is a piano concerto by fellow composition student Hao Zou, composed for Çelebi and the CME. 

Çelebi will attend McGill University next year on a full scholarship to study with Kyoko Hashimoto. 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Village Harmony alumnae ensemble

This unique select world music vocal ensemble includes a dozen college-aged and young adult Village Harmony veterans, many of whom have sung and traveled with other Village Harmony or Northern Harmony ensembles for many years. The program features songs and dances from South Africa, contemporary American shape-note songs, quartet gospel, traditional songs from Corsica, Bosnia, Croatia and Bulgaria, Monteverdi madrigals and other renaissance works, and original compositions by Simon. 
Larry Gordon is the founder of Village Harmony and has been leading choirs and community music in Vermont for over forty years.  He has a vast repertoire of music from harmony traditions across the world and has led scores of Village Harmony and Northern Harmony performances tours to South Africa, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Georgia and throughout western Europe.  

Sophie Michaux and Adam Simon, based in Boston, are brilliant singers who have participated in many European tours with Northern Harmony and also perform with the vocal quartet Colomba.  Originally from France, Sophie is a remarkble singer in a variety of styles: classical, Corsican, Balkan, Franch cafe songs.  She sings with the women’s ensemble Lorelei and is in great demand as a classical vocal soloist.  Adam is also a fine composer.  He is currently in a masters program in composition at Tufts University.  The concert will feature a number of his compositions.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Free string orchestra concert - Monday, May 20 at 7:30 pm

CIAO! is an intergeneraional string orchestra conducted by Jimmy Bergin and based in Williamstown at St. John's.

Berkshire Children and Families/Kids  4 Harmony is a free after school program at Morningside Community School in Pittsfield, MA and at the Brayton School in North Adams. It has been transforming lives through music with its intensive classical music instruction to children and youth from under-resourced communities.

Join us for an exciting concert of music by a wide variety of composers including Bach, Telemann, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Piazzolla, as well as new works written by Krishan Rai and Sam Tucker-Smith (students who play in CIAO!).

The concert is free; donations will be accepted to benefit the Kids 4 Harmony program.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

In Echo, a Williams College student-led vocal ensemble of six lower voices, will perform a free concert of music by traditional and contemporary composers.  

On this concert they will be joined by treble voices, and will perform music by composers including Stephen Paulus, Kurt Bestor, Don Macdonald, and Joseph Gregorio.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Free chamber music concert Saturday, May 11 at 4 pm

Williams College music students perform piano trios 
and a string quartet.
Admission is free.

Mozart: String Quartet in E-flat, K. 428
Beethoven: Piano Trio, Op. 97 "Archduke"
Schoenfield: Piano Trio "Cafe Music"