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Chamber Music Series Continues at the Clark August 11 with Trio Solisti

For Immediate Release

July 22, 2009

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute continues its August chamber music series with Trio Solisti on Tuesday, August 11. Concerts begin at 8 pm and tickets are $21 ($18 for members and students) and may be purchased at clarkart.edu, 413-458-0524, or at the museum shop.

Hailed as “the most exciting piano trio in America” by the New Yorker Magazine, Trio Solisti features Maria Bachman on violin, Alexis Pia Gerlach on cello, and Jon Klibonoff on piano. The brilliant instrumentalists have earned reputations for their passionate, committed, and adventurous concerts, marked by exquisite individuality of expression and seamless ensemble playing. The New York Times calls their performances “consistently brilliant.” Trio Solisti has made critically acclaimed debuts at the Lincoln Center in New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The group has also been featured on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.”

Wall Street Journal critic Terry Treachout honored their third release, Pictures at an Exhibition, with a rave review, highlighting “an ingenious arrangement of Mussorgsky’s masterpiece… and a flawless performance of Ravel’s luscious A Minor Piano Trio by the group that to my mind has now succeeded the Beaux Arts Trio as the outstanding chamber-music ensemble of its kind.” Their latest CD, Café Music, was released in May 2009. Actively involved in arts education, members of the Trio Solisti lecture and present an annual concert series at Adelphi University.

The program at the Clark features the Haydn Trio in G Major “Gypsy Rondo”; Beethoven Trio in B-flat Major “Archduke”; and the Brahms Trio in C Major, Opus 87.

A fixed-price, three-course dinner will be offered at the Clark Café at 6 pm. Cost for dinner is $25 per person (does not include concert, beverage, tax, or gratuity). Dinner reservations required; seating is limited. Call 413 458 0524 for reservations. The Clark’s galleries will remain open until 6 pm on concert evenings, providing a chance to view the exhibition Dove/O’Keeffe: Circles of Influence.

The Sights and Sounds chamber music series continues on August 18 with the Amernet String Quartet, the ensemble-in-residence at Florida Atlantic University. It concludes on August 25 with a performance by the American String Quartet, the resident quartet at the Manhattan School of Music and at the summer Aspen Music Festival. This concert series is funded by the Alice Shaver Foundation; additional support is provided by Legacy Portfolio Management.

On view this summer exclusively at the Clark is Dove/O’Keeffe: Circles of Influence. Georgia O’Keeffe burst onto the New York art scene in 1916 and captured the imagination of people around the world, not only with incredible artistic talent, but through her bohemian spirit as well. Experience this distinctly American artist’s early works with those of modernist Arthur Dove, whom she credited as having the most significant role in the formation of her abstract works. Also on view is Through the Seasons: Japanese Art in Nature featuring traditional screens and scrolls, as well as contemporary ceramics, emphasizing the inspirational role of nature in Japanese art.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown. The galleries are open daily, 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 younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November 1 through May 31. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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