PERFORMING ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE PRESENT AN EVENING OF CHAMBER MUSIC AT CLARK ART INSTITUTE

For Immediate Release
October 22, 2015

Williamstown, Massachusetts—Under the direction of cellist Edward Arron and pianist Jeewon Park, with violinist Jesse Mills and violist Ara Gregorian, the Performing Artists in Residence at the Clark Art Institute present an intimate evening of chamber music on Friday, November 6 at 7:30 pm. The concert will be held in the Michael Conforti Pavilion; an artists’ reception follows the performance. Tickets are $25 ($20 Clark members) and free for students with valid ID. To purchase tickets, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 0524.
 
Vivacious and warm pieces, each characterized by vibrantly colorful and rustic folk elements from each composer’s native land, include Franz Joseph Haydn’s String Trio in G Major, Opus 53, No. 1; Bohuslav Martinů’s Duo No. 1 for Violin and Cello, H. 157; Joaquin Turina’s Piano Quartet in a minor, Opus 67; and Antonín Dvořák’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Opus 87.
 
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
 
Cellist Edward Arron has garnered recognition worldwide for his elegant musicianship, impassioned performances, and creative programming. He has appeared in recital, as a soloist with major orchestras, and as a chamber musician throughout North America, Europe and Asia. In 2013, Mr. Arron completed a ten-year residency as the artistic director of the critically acclaimed Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert, a chamber music series created in 2003 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Museum’s prestigious Concerts and Lectures series. Currently, he is the artistic director, host, and resident performer of the MusicalMasterworks concert series in Old Lyme, Connecticut, as well as the Festival Series in Beaufort, South Carolina and Chamber Music on Main at the Columbia Museum in Columbia, South Carolina. He also curates a series, “Edward Arron and Friends,” at the Caramoor International Music Festival.
 
Pianist Jeewon Park has garnered the attention of audiences for her dazzling technique and poetic lyricism. She has performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, 92nd Street Y, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Kravis Center, and Seoul Arts Center in Korea. Park has appeared at major concert halls across North America, Europe and Asia. Recently, she performed as a soloist in the inaugural festival of the IBK Chamber Hall at the Seoul Arts Center, in addition to engagements at such venues as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Vilar Performing Arts Center, and Kumho Art Hall, among others. She regularly returns to the Caramoor International Music Festival where she first appeared as a Rising Star in 2007, and is a frequent performer at Bargemusic in New York. 
 
Two-time Grammy nominated violinist Jesse Mills has been a soloist with the Phoenix Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony, the Green Bay Symphony, Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, the Denver Philharmonic, the Teatro Argentino Orchestra (in Buenos Aires, Argentina), and the Aspen Music Festival's Sinfonia Orchestra. He has also appeared at prestigious venues in Europe, such as the Barbican Centre of London, La Cité de la Musique in Paris, Amsterdam’s Royal Carré Theatre, Teatro Arcimboldi in Milan, and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels. Mills is co-founder of Horszowski Trio and Duo Prism, a violin-piano duo with Rieko Aizawa, which earned first prize at the Zinetti International Competition in Italy in 2006. 
 
Known for his thrilling performances and musical creativity, violist Ara Gregorian made his New York recital debut in 1996 in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and his debut as soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra in Symphony Hall in 1997. He has performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center and in major metropolitan cities throughout the world. He is the founder and artistic director of the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival in Greenville, North Carolina. He has also performed extensively as a member of numerous chamber music ensembles including Concertante, the Daedalus Quartet, and the Arcadian Trio.
 
ABOUT THE CLARK
 
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 240,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
 
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
 
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