Friday, April 6 at 6:00 pm

Berkshire Chamber Players Concert

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives is pleased to present a Berkshire Chamber Players concert series, generously sponsored by the The Sherman-Chester Wealth Management Group.  The final concert in the 2017-2018 season will take place on Friday, April 6, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets will be available at the Library on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited and advance ticket purchases are encouraged.  Tickets are $15 each; $10 for students with valid student ID.  Please call the Library at 413-298-5501 with any questions.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.  Any unclaimed seats will be made available to those on the wait-list five minutes before the performance.

Ronald Feldman, cello
Natalie Kress, violin
Ryan Little, French horn
Freya Liu, violin
Charlotte Malin, viola
Josh Thompson, French horn

All Mozart Program:

Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K. 546

A Musical Joke in F,  K. 522 

Divertimento in B flat, K. 287



Twice winner of the American Symphony League’s ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music, Ronald Feldman has achieved critical acclaim for his work as conductor and cellist. He has appeared as guest conductor with major orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony, and the Quebec Symphony, as well as many regional orchestras including the Pro Arte Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Albany Symphony, and the Amarillo Symphony. In August of 2016 Mr. Feldman recorded three albums of music by Kevin Kaska with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

After successful appearances as guest conductor for three consecutive seasons at Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony’s summer home, composer and Conductor John Williams appointed Mr. Feldman Assistant Conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra. He served as assistant to John Williams from 1989-1993.

In 2001 Mr. Feldman left the Boston Symphony Orchestra to pursue other musical interests. He currently directs the Berkshire Symphony, a regional orchestra in residence at Williams College. He was formerly the conductor and Music Director of the New England Philharmonic and the Worcester Orchestra. He is on the faculties of Williams College, the New England Conservatory of Music, and The Boston Conservatory of Music. 2012 marked the beginning of his tenure as Music Director of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of Boston’s medical community.

Praised by The New York Times for her “splendid playing,” Natalie Kress has already begun a successful career as a violinist, highlights of which include performing at the Kennedy Center Honors with Yo Yo Ma in 2016; winning the 2012 Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize from the Tanglewood Music Center; and performing in Carnegie Hall in 2010. Natalie received her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Psychology and Master in Music from Stony Brook University (where she studied with Soovin Kim) and is Co-Artistic Director of Three Village Chamber Players, which performs free chamber music and outreach concerts throughout Long Island and New York State. Also a baroque violinist, Natalie has performed with members of Handel and Haydn Society and The Sebastians, and has studied with Beth Wenstrom, Aisslinn Nosky, and Robert Mealy.

Hailed by Montréal’s La Presse as “nuanced and singing,” Ryan Little was appointed as Principal Horn of the Naples Philharmonic in April 2017.  Born in Burke, Virginia to a musical family, he began studying piano at age 3 before switching to viola, trumpet, and eventually to horn at the age of 11.  Little received his Master of Music degree in 2017 from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where he studied with William VerMeulen of the Houston Symphony.  In 2015, he received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, where he studied with Gail Williams and Jonathan Boen.

Little has performed with the Britt Music & Arts Festival, Chicago Arts Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Symphony.  He won Second Prize and the Gretchen Snedeker Prize at the 2013 International Horn Competition of America.  In 2014, he was selected as a finalist for the International Horn Society’s Premier Soloist Competition in London, England and at the Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments in Düsseldorf, Germany.  As a concert soloist, he has performed with Northwestern University’s Baroque Music Ensemble and Symphonic Wind Ensemble, l’Orchestre de la Francophonie (Montréal), and the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra.

During the summers he has participated as a fellow in the Castleton Festival, Lucerne Festival Academy, National Orchestral Institute and Festival, l’Orchestre de la Francophonie, Spoleto Festival USA, and Tanglewood Music Center.  Little performs on an instrument made in 2012 by Karl Hill of Rockford, Michigan.

Freya Liu, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, is in her second year pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at Boston University, where she studies with Bayla Keyes, and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science.

Miss Liu has attended the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and the International Orchestra Institute Attergau in Austria, where she performed and collaborated with Vienna Philharmonic Concertmaster Rainer Honeck.

In past years, her ensembles performed and worked with the Miró, Muir, Emerson, and Alexander String Quartets.

Charlotte Malin has recently completed a master’s degree at New England Conservatory as a student of Kim Kashkashian.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Northwestern University.  In 2013, during the final year of her undergraduate study with Almita Vamos, she fell in love with the viola.  As a violist, she recently became Principal Viola of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and also plays with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.  Charlotte has played with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the New World Symphony in Miami.  She was invited three times to be a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, won a fellowship with A Far Cry chamber orchestra, and was a member of NEC’s top ensemble, the Chamber Orchestra.  Charlotte has a passion for chamber music and has been an artist at the Newport Music Festival and Fest’Inventio, a chamber series in Paris.  As a violinist, she appeared as a soloist with both the Northwestern Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, as well as the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra.  Charlotte is an ardent yoga practitioner and intends to share her insights into the connections of mind, body, and spirit with the broader music community as her career unfolds.  She currently lives in a cabin in the woods in Chatham, NY, where she makes a daily practice of seeking beauty and truth.

Josh Thompson is a horn player hailing from Spring, Texas.

Thompson has held fellowships at various programs including the Tanglewood Music Center, the Norfolk Chamber Festival, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival.  He also attended the New York String Orchestra Seminar, performing in Carnegie Hall.

Currently a graduate student at the Yale School of Music, Thompson studies with William Purvis. Previously, he attended the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, where he studied with Gail Williams and Jonathan Boen.

Music Coordinator John Perkel has spent the past 35 years as an orchestra librarian for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Boston Symphony Orchestra. In addition, during summers, John served as the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra Librarian where he had the privilege of working with some of the most talented and wonderful young musicians from all over the world. After the 2016 Tanglewood season, John retired from the Boston Symphony and moved with his wife, Barbara, back to the Berkshires. Prior to his employment in the orchestra world, John was a music teacher at the Berkshire Hills Regional School District and also was employed as a psychiatric worker at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge.


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