Free Concert with Renowned Harpsichordist Victor Hill at the Clark

For Immediate Release

May 17, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Renowned harpsichordist Victor Hill will present a solo recital of eighteenth-century composers from Germany, France, and Spain at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Sunday, May 22 at 3:00 pm. Admission is free.

Featured on the program are Johann Sebastian Bach’s English Suite in F Major; one complete suite and three short selections by Jean-Philippe Rameau, including “Gavotte with Variations”; and three Sonatas by Antonio Soler. German composer Bach (1685–1750) was a master of the Baroque period renowned for the artistic beauty, technical skill, and intellectual depth of his ecclesiastical and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments. Rameau (1683–1764), also of the Baroque period, was one of the most significant French composers and music theorists of his time. Soler (1729–1783), a Spanish monk, was likely a student of Scarlatti, the most renowned Spanish composer of harpsichord music. Soler expanded Scarlatti’s adventurous harmonic style in his keyboard works.

Hill was Professor of Mathematics at Williams College for 40 years. He studied the harpsichord in Amsterdam with the noted Dutch harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt and has played more than 900 concerts throughout the United States and in Europe. Hill plays the double-manual harpsichord of eighteenth-century design that was custom built for him in 1997 by Richard Kingston of Asheville, North Carolina. He tunes the instrument himself in a common eighteenth-century pitch and temperament.

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 is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is 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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May 22: Renowned harpsichordist Victor Hill will present a solo recital of eighteenth-century composers from Germany, France, and Spain at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Sunday, May 22 at 3:00 pm. Admission is free. Featured on the program are Johann Sebastian Bach’s English Suite in F Major; one complete suite and three short selections by Jean-Philippe Rameau, including “Gavotte with Variations”; and three Sonatas by Antonio Soler. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

Contact:
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