Clark Music Series to Feature Garnet Rogers, Patty Larkin, Gordon Bok, and Richard Shindell

For Immediate Release

December 30, 2003

Singer-songwriters Garnet Rogers, Patty Larkin, Gordon Bok, and Richard Shindell will headline concerts in the Clark Art Institute's 2004 winter music series "Songs and Stories." The four-concert series will begin with Garnet Rogers on Friday, January 30, at 8 p.m. and continue on selected evenings in February and March. All concerts begin at 8 p.m. in the Clark auditorium. Tickets to each concert are $20 ($18 for members) and are available at the Clark museum shop or by calling 413-458-2303, extension 324.

Garnet Rogers, hailed as "a brilliant songwriter" and "one of the major talents of our time" by the Boston Globe, is known for his smooth baritone voice, range, and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing. His performances have been featured on numerous television and radio programs, including Mountain Stage and All Things Considered, and has headlined at such venues as Wolf Trap, Lincoln Center, and Art Part. Rachael Davis, 2001 recipient of a Boston Music Award for Best New Singer-Songwriter, will open for Rogers.

Patty Larkin will perform on Friday, February 20. Larkin, whose latest CD is Red=Luck, is known for her acoustic guitar and wit. Her songs have been covered by artists from Holly Cole to Cher, and her own renditions have been heard in movies including Ivan Reitman's Evolution and Sydney Pollack's Random Hearts. She has received numerous awards including her own "day" in the city of Boston. Folk performer Bernice Lewis, who teaches songwriting at Williams College, will open for Larkin.

On Saturday, March 13, Gordon Bok will take the stage with his six- and twelve-string guitars and trademark 'cellamba. Bok has been a leader in preserving, collecting, creating, and sharing a wide variety of folk music, most recently collecting songs inspired by life in Maine and maritime provinces. Bok will perform at 8 p.m. From noon to 5 p.m. on March 13 the Clark will offer "New England Sampler," an afternoon of continuous performances by regional musicians.

Richard Shindell will close the series on Friday, March 26. An expatriate New Yorker now living in Argentina, Shindell is an eclectic songwriter whose work ranges from lighthearted ballads to adulterous love songs to dirges and diatribes on politics, prejudice, war, and religion. Ann Powers of The New York Times likened Shindell to other "best" singer-songwriters, Bruce Springsteen and Lucinda Williams.
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.
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