poster for concert by Williams Chamber PlayersGUEST DUO IN CONCERT AS PART OF EXCHANGE

The University at Albany Performing Arts Center, operating under the auspices of the College of Arts and Sciences, is pleased to present the Williams Chamber Players on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 7:30pm.  Performers will include pianist Doris Stevenson and violinist Joanna Kurkowicz in a program featuring Beethoven’s Sonata A minor Op. 23 for Violin and Piano, Lutoslawski’s Partita for Violin and Piano, Bartok’s Sonata No.2 for Violin and Piano and the premiere of Williams faculty member David Kechley’s "Darkening Images" for solo violin.

Founded in 1999, Williams Chamber Players is a resident chamber ensemble at Williams College. Their appearance here is part of an artist-in-residence exchange program developed by UAlbany four years ago. As the other half of the exchange, Capital Trio, the UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s ensemble-in-residence, visited Williams College in February. In the inaugural year of the exchange program, the UAlbany Performing Arts Center worked with the Music Department at the CW Post campus of Long Island University and their ensemble-in-residence, The Pierrot Consort. The following year’s exchange was with Clark University and the QX String Quartet while last year the Oswego Jazz Quartet from SUNY Oswego participated in the program.

As artists in residence at Williams, Doris Stevenson and Joanna Kurkowicz have been playing together for ten years with the Williams Chamber Players.  They have given recitals together in New York City and have recorded the violin sonata and piano trio of Williams faculty composer, David Kechley.

Joanna Kurkowicz enjoys an active and versatile career as an award-winning soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and concertmistress. She has appeared as a soloist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, Jefferson Symphony, San Luis Obispo Symphony, New England String Ensemble, Poznan Philharmonic and Polish National Radio Orchestra.  She has collaborated with such eminent artists as Jaime Laredo, Charles Treger, Laurence Lesser and James Buswell.  Kurkowicz currently serves as concertmistress of the Boston Philharmonic and the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra and previously held the same post for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Vermont Symphony.  She has been praised by Gramophone Magazine for her “disciplined virtuosity.”

Doris Stevenson has won lavish praise from critics and public alike in performances around the world.  She has soloed with the Boston Pops, played at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Salle Pleyel in Paris, Sala de Musica Arango in Bogota, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo.  Her acute sensitivity and musicianship have made her a sought-after partner with some of the leading lights in string playing.  Stevenson has performed with Gregor Piatigorsky, Ruggiero Ricci and Paul Tortelier, great players of the past.  Early in her career, she was invited by Heifetz and Piatigorsky to perform with them in their chamber concerts.  She was pianist for the cello master classes of Piatigorsky, who described her as "an artist of the highest order."

Tickets for the concert are $15 for the general public, $12 for seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff and $10 for students.  For reservations and further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.