PERFORMING ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE ENSEMBLE PRESENTS CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT AT CLARK ART INSTITUTE

October 31, 2017
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Williamstown, Massachusetts—Cellist Edward Arron and pianist Jeewon Park, artistic directors of the Performing Artists in Residence ensemble that performs regularly at the Clark Art Institute, join violinists Jennifer and Laura Frautschi and violist Mark Holloway for a concert of chamber music on Friday, November 17 at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 ($20 for Clark members; free for students with a valid ID). The concert will be held in the Clark’s Michael Conforti Pavilion; a reception with the artists follows.
 
The program is as follows:
 
Felix Mendelssohn
Variations concertantes for Cello and Piano, Op. 17
 
Dmitri Shostakovich
Duets for Two Violins and Piano
 
Dmitri Shostakovich
Piano Quintet in g minor, Op. 57
 
Robert Schumann
Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44
 
This performance is presented through the generous support of Mela and Paul Haklisch.

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, 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 nominee and Avery Fisher career grant recipient Jennifer Frautschi appears this season as soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, performs a ‘reimagining’ of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Asheville Symphony, and gives two repeat performances of the James Stephenson’s Violin Concerto, a work she premiered with Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä, at the Cabrillo Festival and Elgin Symphony. She will also perform with the Brevard, Des Moines, Elgin, Kalamazoo, Santa Barbara, and Wheeling Symphonies, as well as at the Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Winter Festival, Chanel’s Pygmalion Series in Tokyo, and the St. Barth’s Music Festival. Frautschi has appeared as soloist with Pierre Boulez and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Christoph Eschenbach and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival, and at Wigmore Hall and Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival. As a chamber artist she has appeared at the Boston and Lincoln Center Chamber Music Societies; the Cape Cod, Charlottesville, Lake Champlain, La Musica (Sarasota), Moab, Newport, Ojai, Salt Bay, Santa Fe, Seattle, and Spoleto Chamber Music Festivals; Bravo! Vail, Chamber Music Northwest, La Jolla Summerfest, and [email protected] Her discography includes the Stravinsky Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and two GRAMMY-nominated recordings of Schoenberg's Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra and the Schoenberg Third String Quartet. Recent releases include a recording of Romantic Horn Trios, with hornist Eric Ruske and pianist Stephen Prutsman, and the Stravinsky Duo Concertant with pianist Jeremy Denk. In the last two years she has released two discs on Albany: the first devoted to the Schumann sonatas; the second an exploration of recent additions to the violin and piano repertoire by American composers.

Violinist Laura Frautschi has established a reputation as a versatile musician with a strong commitment to contemporary as well as classical repertoire. She regularly performs as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Asia, and collaborates frequently with living composers. She has given world premieres of violin concerti by leading American composers Lee Hyla and Augusta Read Thomas. Her chamber music activities include appearances at the Caramoor International Festival, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Wellseley Composer Conference, Moab and St. Bart's Music Festivals and tours throughout Japan and America as a member of piano trio Intersection, with cellist Kristina Cooper and pianist John Novacek. In addition, she has appeared as concertmaster of the Orchestra of St. Lukes and the New York City Opera Orchestra, and tours internationally as a concertmaster of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Frautschi's extensive discography ranges from Vivaldi's Four Seasons with the Festival Strings Lucerne and Lee Hyla's Violin Concerto with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, to twentieth-century chamber works by Bernard Rands, Chen Yi, and Margaret Brouwer. With Intersection, she has also recorded and filmed numerous CDs and DVDs of short popular works in diverse genres, for Pony Canyon Records and Fuji TV. Frautschi studied applied mathematics at Harvard College and violin performance with Robert Mann at The Juilliard School.

Violist Mark Holloway is a chamber musician sought after in the United States and abroad. An artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, he has appeared at prestigious festivals and series such as Marlboro, [email protected], Ravinia, Caramoor, Banff, Taos, Music from Angel Fire, Mainly Mozart, Alpenglow, Plush, Whittington, Olympic, Concordia Chamber Players, and with the Boston Chamber Music Society. Performances have taken him to far-flung places such as Chile and Greenland, and he plays regularly at chamber music festivals in France, Musikdorf Ernen in Switzerland, and at the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, England. A resident of New York City, he has appeared as a guest with the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus, and the Metropolitan Opera orchestras. Holloway has been principal violist at Tanglewood and of the New York String Orchestra, and has played as guest principal of the American Symphony, Riverside Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Camerata Bern, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has performed at Bargemusic, the 92nd Street Y, the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, Tertulia, the Cartagena International Music Festival, with the Israeli Chamber Project, the Chameleon Arts Ensemble, and on radio and television throughout North and South America, and Europe, most recently a Live From Lincoln Center broadcast. Hailed as an “outstanding violist” by American Record Guide, and praised by Zürich's Neue Zürcher Zeitung for his “warmth and intimacy,” he has recorded for the Marlboro Recording Society, CMS Live, [email protected] LIVE, Naxos, and Albany labels. Holloway was a student of Michael Tree at the Curtis Institute of Music and Michelle LaCourse at Boston University.

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 270,000 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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