Miró String Quartet on August 10

For Immediate Release

July 21, 2010

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(Williamstown, MA) - The second concert in the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s chamber music series is Tuesday, August 10, 8:00 pm and features the Miró String Quartet. The program includes the Beethoven String Quartet in C minor, Opus 18, No. 4, Barber Quartet Opus 11, and Dvorák’s Quartet No. 12, in F Major, Opus 96 (“American”). Tickets are $21, $18 for Clark members and students with ID, and may be purchased at clarkart.edu, by phone 413-458-0524, or in person at the museum shop. A three-course fixed-price dinner is available at 6:00 pm for $25 and includes a choice of appetizer or soup, entrée, and dessert (meal cost does not include concert, beverage, tax, or gratuity). Reservations are required for the dinner, as seating is limited. Galleries and museum shop will remain open until 6:00 pm.

The critically acclaimed Miró Quartet is one of America’s highest profile chamber groups. Of their performance, the Cincinnati Enquirer writes “The quartet played a gorgeous interpretation. And they were exciting to watch, working with great cohesion, cueing one another as they paused at times, lifting their bows for a second of silence, before landing back on the strings simultaneously. The effect was very dramatic.” Now in its second decade, the quartet continues to captivate audiences and critics around the world with its startling intensity and fresh perspective.

Members of the quartet studied at the Juilliard School, Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Oberlin Conservatory. The group was founded in 1995 at the Oberlin Conservatory and met with immediate success winning first prizes at the Coleman, Fischoff, and Banff competitions as well as the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award. The Miró Quartet was also a recipient of the Cleveland Quartet Award and was the first ensemble ever to be awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant. In 2003, the Miró became the first faculty string quartet at the University of Texas at Austin. Its members teach and coach chamber music there, while continuing their active international touring and recording schedules. The Miró was Quartet-in-Residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two and was named to the Distinctive Debut Series of Carnegie Hall. At the invitation of Isaac Stern, they performed live at the Jerusalem Music Center in Israel.

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 Cleveland Quartet competitions. Visitors can make a night of it Tuesdays in August as the Clark offers an experience of art, food, and music.

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 daily in July and August, 10 am to 5 pm. 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 10: The Miró String Quartet performs the Beethoven String Quartet in C minor, Opus 18, No. 4, Barber Quartet Opus 11, and Dvorák’s Quartet No. 12, in F Major, Opus 96 (“American”) 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.The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. clarkart.edu

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