Scott Woolweaver at Williams
Sunday, October 10 @ 3 p.m.
Pity the viola, upstaged by its smaller, higher-toned cousin, the violin. Williams faculty member and virtuoso violist Scott Woolweaver wants to give his fiddle its due. Woolweaver, a denizen of the middle register, challenges notions of who deserves the limelight and who does not with a program designed to demonstrate that the viola is just as dexterous as its smaller cousin, with a richer and fuller sound; all prejudices against this alto voice will be not so much banished as smothered in a velvet-smooth dark chocolate sauce of ethereally lush sound. Woolweaver’s performance for viola fans includes works by Schumann and Glazunov. Guest violist Shelly Tramposh joins him for Two Pieces for Two Violas by Richard Cornell, and takes on something hot (and fast) off the press: Etwas für Bratsch’ (etwas rasch) by Paul Siskind, composed just this year. Tamposh also performs Hindemith’s monumental Sonata for Viola and Piano (1939). Pianists Doris Stevenson and Cullan Bryant join the two violists for this performance.
Williams College, Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall