ENSEMBLE FOR THE ROMANTIC CENTURY, IN CONJUNCTION WITH CLARK ART INSTITUTE, TO PRESENT LIVE PERFORMANCE OF ‘VAN GOGH’S EAR’

For Immediate Release
August 5, 2015

Great Barrington, Massachusetts—Ensemble for the Romantic Century, a theatrical and musical group that combines fully staged dramas with live chamber and vocal music, has partnered with the Clark Art Institute to present “Van Gogh’s Ear” from Thursday, August 20 through Sunday, August 30 at the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER), located at 250 Division Street, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Tickets are $85 per performance or $99 for a package ticket that includes admission to the Clark’s Van Gogh and Nature exhibition, on view through September 13, 2015. To purchase tickets and view showtimes, visit clarkart.edu/erc. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 413 458 0524.
 
Richard Kendall, the Clark’s curator at large and the curator of Van Gogh and Nature, will discuss the exhibition at a free lecture on August 25 at 6 pm, preceding the 7 pm performance at AIER. Kendall will touch upon Van Gogh’s lifelong preoccupation with nature, from the minutiae of birds’ nests and insects to the sweeping landscapes of rural Holland and France.
 
Based on Vincent van Gogh’s letters to his brother Theo, “Van Gogh’s Ear” takes the audience on a journey through the artist’s final years in the south of France, accompanied by live performances of the music of Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Ernest Chausson, and César Franck. Written by Eve Wolf and directed by Donald T. Sanders, the performance features actor Simon Fortin in the leading role. The Ensemble’s recent engagement at the Brooklyn Academy of Music was hailed as “ingenious...breathtaking...sheer poetry!” by The New York Times
 
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 is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open daily in July and August, 10 am to 5 pm; open September through June, 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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