PERFORMING ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE TO PRESENT MASTERPIECES BY BIBER AND BACH AT THE CLARK ART INSTITUTE

For Immediate Release
March 23, 2015
 
Williamstown, Massachusetts—Edward Arron and Jeewon Park, co-artistic directors of the Performing Artists in Residence series at the Clark Art Institute, will present an afternoon of chamber music by Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber and Johann Sebastian Bach on Sunday, April 12 at 4 pm. The concert, featuring Arron on cello with violinist Colin Jacobsen and violist Nicholas Cords, will be held in the Clark Center, West Pavilion, followed by a brief reception with the artists.
 
Tickets are $25 ($20 members; free for students with college ID). To order tickets, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 0524.
 
The musicians will perform Biber’s Passacaglia in G Minor for Solo Violin, C. 105 (1676) and Bach’s Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (1741), transcribed for string trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky (1985). There is no intermission.
 
This event was made possible by Paul and Mela Haklisch.
 
 
ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Cellist Edward Arron, “an inventive impresario” (The New Yorker), has garnered recognition worldwide for his elegant musicianship, impassioned performances, and creative programming. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Arron has appeared in recital, as a soloist with major orchestras, and as a chamber musician throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. In 2013, 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 Musical Masterworks 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 is a graduate of the Juilliard School and has served on the faculty of New York University since 2009.

Violist Nicholas Cords, a musician with “impeccable command” (Textura), has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the New York String Seminar Orchestra. His debut solo album, Recursions, features works ranging from Biber to Hindemith to Cords’ recently composed Five Migrations. Cords is a regular member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and is an active part of two long-term residencies with the group: one at the Rhode Island School of Design and one at Harvard University. He is also a founding member of the critically acclaimed string quartet Brooklyn Rider. Cords began his musical education at the Juilliard School and completed his studies at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music. He currently teaches at Stony Brook University in New York and spends part of the summer teaching at the Bennington Chamber Music and Composers Conference.
 
Violinist and composer Colin Jacobsen is “one of the most interesting figures on the classical music scene” (The Washington Post). He was named one of the top 100 composers under 40 by NPR listeners and is an Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning soloist and a touring member of Yo-Yo Ma’s famed Silk Road Ensemble. For his work as a founding member of the string quartet Brooklyn Rider and orchestra The Knights, Jacobsen recently received a prestigious and substantial United States Artists Fellowship. He has participated in residencies and performances at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hollywood Bowl, and across the United States, as well as in Azerbaijan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, and Switzerland. As a violin soloist, Jacobsen has collaborated with the New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony, and has regularly appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, at Bargemusic, and as a member of the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the Royal Conservatory of the Hague.
 
 
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, open to the public with 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 opened its expanded facilities on July 4, 2014, unveiling new and enhanced spaces that accommodate the continued growth of the Institute’s programs. Included in this final stage of the project are the new 42,600-square-foot Clark Center designed by Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, expansion and renovation of the original Museum Building and the ongoing renovation of the Manton Research Center by Selldorf Architects, and a sweeping redesign of the grounds by Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture. The first phase of the campus expansion project was completed in 2008 with the opening of the Lunder Center at Stone Hill, a striking conservation and exhibition facility also designed by Tadao Ando.
 
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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