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Chamber Music Series Opens at the Clark on August 3 with the Los Angeles Piano Quartet

For Immediate Release

July 09, 2010

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(Williamstown, MA) - The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute announces its summer chamber music series with a performance by the acclaimed Los Angeles Piano Quartet, a group that enjoys international stature as the premiere ensemble of its kind, on Tuesday, August 3 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $21, $18 for Clark members and students with ID, and may be purchased at clarkart.edu, 413-458-0524, or at the museum shop.

The August 3 concert at the Clark features the Beethoven Piano Quartet in E-Flat major, Opus 16; Mendelssohn’s Piano Quartet No. 2 in F Minor; and Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Opus 60.

Since its 1977 debut concert in Los Angeles, LAPQ has been in demand for appearances on many of the world’s most prestigious stages. They have been repeatedly engaged by major chamber music presenters in North America, featured at the Cheltenham Festival in England, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and in concert halls throughout Europe. Hailed by the Washington Post as “Outstanding…a delight” and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as achieving “artistic perfection,” the group records on the MusicMasters and Pickwick labels.

The LAPQ has been an active force in the creation of new works for piano quartet, commissioning from prominent contemporary composers such as Stephen Hartke, Gerard Schurmann, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Stucky. The LAPQ premiered Stucky’s work at a performance at the 2005 Tucson Festival to acclaim from the press. “Phenomenal matched phrasing, sensitivity, balance and warmth… Their shared energy and vision, coupled with their instinctive network of precisely measured mutual support, resulted in a transparency and depth bordering on audio holography.” states the Tucson Citizen. The ensemble is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and Chamber Music America.

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 are required and seating is limited. Call 413 458 0524 for reservations. In addition the museum shop and galleries will remain open until 6:00 pm giving concert-goers an opportunity to view Picasso Looks at Degas; gallery admission is $15.

Make a night of it at the first four Tuesdays in August as the Clark offers an experience of art, food, and music. The Miro String Quartet, hailed by the New York Times as possessing “explosive vigor and technical finesse”, performs on August 10. The Claremont Piano Trio, sought after for its thrillingly virtuosic and rich performances, performs on August 17. The series concludes on August 24 with the Cavani String Quartet, winners of the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award, the Coleman, Fischoff, Banff International, and the Cleveland Quartet Competition.
This concert series is funded by the Alice Shaver Foundation; additional support is provided by Legacy Portfolio Management.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $15 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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June 13 through September 12, 2010: Focusing on two of the great artists of the modern period, Picasso Looks at Degas examines Picasso’s lifelong fascination with the life and work of Degas. The Clark is the exclusive North American venue for this ground-breaking exhibition exploring the depth of the Spanish artist’s fixation through dramatic pairings and groupings of art that have never been brought together in this ambitious way. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

August 3: The Los Angeles Piano Quartet opens the Clark’s chamber music series at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $21, $18 for Clark members and students with ID, and may be purchased at clarkart.edu or 413-458-0524. A fixed-price, three-course dinner is offered at 6 pm. Cost for dinner is $25 per person (does not include concert, beverage, tax, or gratuity). Dinner reservations are required and seating is limited. Call 413 458 0524 for reservations. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. clarkart.edu.

Contact: pr@clarkart.edu


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