FREE FEST: I/O Fest 2019 @ Williams College & Clark Art Institute

It’s the music of now…

The Williams College Department of Music presents I/O Fest 2019, a four-day festival of adventurous new music that runs from Thursday-Sunday (January 10-13) in Williamstown. All events are free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required.

I/O Fest 2019 offers immersive tour through a world of new sounds and adventurous music. With a focus on cutting edge composition and unconventional modes of performance, listeners can experience music in new ways, including music by composer-in-residence Sato Matsui and guest artists Bearthoven, director Matthew Gold and student director Leonard Bopp, the I/O Ensemble, IOTA, the Axxea Quartet and an array of Williams faculty, students, alumni and guests.

Here’s the schedules of the festival’s concerts:

Thursday (January 10), 7:30pm
Williams College’s CenterStage, ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance
Bearhoven presents new music for piano, bass and percussion including the U.S. premiere of a work by Sarah Hennies, “Spectral Malsconcities,” and Scott Wollschleger’s “American Dream.”

Reception and live music between shows

Thursday (January 10), 10pm
Williams College’s ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance
After Hours: Bearthoven and the Chamber Orchestra of Williams perform music by Philip Glass, Scott Wollschleger and Sarah Hennies.

Friday (January 11), 8pm
Williams College’s CenterStage, ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance
Featuring pianist Daniel Schreiner, the I/O Ensemble performs music by Natacha Diels, Sato Matsui, Dylan Schneider and Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

Saturday (January 12), 8pm
Williams College’s CenterStage,’62 Center for Theatre and Dance
The Iota Ensemble features “To the Hands,” Caroline Shaw’s meditation on suffering and refuge for voices and strings. The group also presents works by young Williams-based composers.

Sunday (January 13), 1pm
The Clark Art Institute
A special one-hour family concert featuring performances by musicians from Williams College. Kids can explore new sounds, discover new rhythms and make some noise of their own.

Sunday (January 13), 3pm
The Clark Art Institute
The Axxea Quartet and the Williams Percussion Ensemble join forces to perform music for string quartet, percussion and electronics by Tristan Perich.

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