An Evening With Singer-Songwriter Dar Williams
June 15, 2013
Beloved singer-songwriter Dar Williams is coming to Newton to make her debut with orchestra! Newton's New Philharmonia Orchestra, under the musical direction of Ronald Knudsen, will present "An Evening with Dar Williams" in concert with the New Philharmonia on Saturday, June 15, at 8:00 P.M.
The June 15 concert is a fundraiser for New Philharmonia's Community Engagement Program and it is also Dar Williams's first concert with a symphony orchestra. Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra Concertmaster Joseph Scheer, who happens to be Dar's brother-in-law, arranged Dar's music for orchestra and especially for this concert. The New Philharmonia Orchestra, founded in 1995, is a 75 member non-professional regional orchestra based in Newton. “Music of, by and for the people” wrote The Boston Globe. This statement encapsulates the spirit of the organization.
Dar’s first album of original material in four years which was released in April 2012. The CD was produced by Kevin Killen (who has worked with such giants as U2, Elvis Costello, and Peter Gabriel), and features special guests Shawn Colvin and Larry Campbell, and a remarkable set of musicians including Charley Drayton, Gerry Leonard, and Rob Hyman. Williams presents 10 original compositions on In The Time Of Gods, which explores many of today's most challenging social issues told against the parables of Greek mythology. The inimitable collection of songs includes some of the richest and most evocative writing of Williams' career. She has just kicked off a national U.S. tour in support of her new CD.
In The Time Of Gods covers many relevant topics such as retaining one's moral compass, our personal responsibility in aiding to change the world, the politics of power, and following a guiding light in the midst of chaos. The ceaseless turmoil in the world today is of great concern to Williams who is also a wife, mother and community activist. Williams was inspired to return to the stories she was told as a child to see if the gods of the Parthenon would speak to her while penning songs for her latest release. As it turned out, these stories and characters helped her make sense of our eccentric world and shaped the scope of the album. Standout tracks on In The Time Of Gods include the album opener "I Am The One Who Will Remember Everything," "I Have Been Around The World," "Crystal Creek," "Summer Child," and "You Will Ride With Me Tonight." Williams has released one live album - Out There Live (2001); seven studio albums - The Honesty Room (1993), Mortal City (1996), End of the Summer (1997), The Green World (2000), The Beauty of the Rain (2003), My Better Self (2005), and Promised Land (2008); one live DVD - Live at Bearsville Theater (2007); and Many Great Companions (2010). In 1995, two years after self-releasing The Honesty Room, she signed with Razor & Tie Entertainment, beginning a relationship now in its 18th year.