WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williams College Department of Music will present cellist Ronald Feldman on Friday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m., in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. This free event is open to the public.
Feldman presents three centuries of cello literature from the Baroque to the modern and back again, starting with Bach, ending with Franck and covering some very challenging ground in between.
Joined by Doris Stevenson on piano, Feldman begins the program with Sonata No. 1 in G major, BWV 1027, which was originally written for the gamba, a relative of the cello which might have been considered archaic even in the 18th century.
The program takes a modern turn as Feldman performs the Suite for Solo Cello (1993) by John Harbison. Feldman will collaborate with composer Jeffrey Roberts on Twelve Landscape Views for Cello and Guqin. Roberts plays and composes for the guqin, a Chinese stringed instrument with a 3,000-year tradition.
Before the intermission, the audience will be treated to a lighter side of Paul Hindemith with a series of variations "Frog He Went a Courting" for cello and piano.
Feldman will close the program by collaborating with pianist Doris Stevenson for the Sonata for Cello and Piano by Cesar Franck.
Feldman is artist in residence in orchestral/instrumental mu sic and coordinator of student string chamber music at Williams College. After a long career in the Boston Sym phony Orchestra's cello
Formerly music director and conductor of the Worcester Symphony Orchestra and of the Boston new music ensemble Extension Works, Feldman was also music director and conductor of the New England Philharmonic for five seasons. In 1991 he and the Berkshire Symphony were awarded the American Symphony Orches tra League's ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Program ming of Contemporary Music. This year, he was named musical director of the Longwood Symphony.
He continues to be an active cellist, conductor and member of the Williams Chamber Players.
Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall is at 54 Chapin Hall Drive in Bernhard Music Center on the Williams College campus.