As part of Williams College’s annual celebration of contemporary music — a free festival of adventurous new music from around the globe — the Clark will host two concerts.
The Form of Space: A free program, at 3 p.m., of works that explore space, form, and the physical materials of sound through music for instruments ranging from woodwinds, brass, and strings to drums and everyday objects. With musicians arranged around the Michael Conforti Pavilion, the audience will be immersed in a living and kinetic world of sound. At the center or the program is Michael Pisaro’s Ricefall (1) for sixteen percussionists, which envelops the listener in a soundscape composed of falling grains of rice.
Zosha Di Castri’s La Forma Dello Spazio, inspired by the mobiles of Lee Bontecou and Alexander Calder, traces sound trajectories around the room, and Matthias Pintscher’s Shining Forth refers to the austere, geometrical work of Barnett Newman with its black lines on untreated canvas. Gérard Grisey’s funereal Stèle opens the program with a bending of time and space through the slides, scrapes, and tolling of drums placed antiphonally in the hall.
I/O Out Loud: Kids Make Music, 1 p.m., a free, one-hour event where kids and their families can discover new sounds and create live music with students and faculty from Williams College. Explore the hidden sounds in everyday objects and uncover the strange, wonderful noises in the instruments of the orchestra.