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The Clark’s Sights and Sounds Series Concludes with the Julliard-Trained Amernet String Quartet on August 26

For Immediate Release

August 07, 2008

The Julliard-trained Amernet String Quartet, described by The New York Times as “an accomplished and intelligent ensemble,” will perform on August 26 at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in the last concert of the Tuesday evening series of art, food, and music. The concert begins at 8 pm and a prix-fixe dinner at 6 pm in the Clark Café will be offered prior to the performance. The Clark’s galleries will remain open until 6 pm providing a chance to view the exhibition Like Breath on Glass: Whistler, Inness, and the Art of Painting Softly. Concert tickets are $18 ($15 for Clark members) and can be purchased at www.clarkart.edu, at the Clark’s museum shop, or by calling 413-458-0524. Cost for dinner is $23 per person (does not include beverage, tax, or gratuity) and reservations are required; call 413-458-0524.

The Amernet String Quartet, formed in 1991 while two of its members were students at The Juilliard School, is currently in residence at Florida International University. Founding members Marcia Littley and Javier Arias have been joined by fellow Juilliard graduates violinist Misha Vitenson and violist Michael Klotz. Their busy performance schedule has taken the group across the United States, and they also have performed in Japan, Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, Korea, Mexico, and Romania. The group has recorded for the Gasparo, New World, and Centaur labels. Gold Medal winners of the 1992 Tokyo International Music Competition, they also won First Prize at the 5th Banff International String Quartet Competitions. The Amernet String Quartet has garnered worldwide praise and recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets. 

For the August 26 concert, the Amernet String Quartet will premiere the ninth quartet by Williamstown composer Stephen Dankner. This work, written in October 2007, is in four movements with a very energetic opening, Allegro molto appassionato, followed by two middle movements that have the character of intermezzi: a waltz movement followed by a brief vivace scherzo. The finale is an elaborate and weighty slow movement. The work was written for the Amernet String Quartet who will have premiered eight of Dankner’s nine works for string quartet. The evening’s program will also include Schubert’s String Quartet in E-flat, Opus 125, No. 1 and Dvorák’s String Quartet in E-flat, Opus 51.

Clark chef Steve Wilkinson has designed a three-course, prix-fixe dinner served prior to the concert. Each course will offer three choices. Appetizer selections may include: Tuscan tomato soup with fresh basil; mesclun greens with avocado, grapefruit, and crab, with lime-mint dressing; and native tomato salad with feta cheese and olives. Entrée choices may include: sautéed tilapia with lemon, capers, butter, and parsley; roast rosemary chicken with roasted vegetables and corn spoon bread; or penne with broccoli rabe, cannellini beans, garlic, and asiago cheese. For dessert, choices include: chocolate mousse, strawberry-rhubarb tart, and crème brûlée. Wilkinson has been chef/manager of the Clark’s Café for two years, and prior to that, he owned and was chef at three restaurants in Connecticut: Fine Bouche, Steve’s Centerbrook Cafe, and Esteva, all were rated 3 stars by the New York Times and held Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence. Reservations are required. Call 413-458-0524. Seating begins at 6 pm.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open daily in July and August, 10 am to 5 pm (closed Mondays, September through June). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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