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Five of the World's Most Accomplished Chamber Music Groups Come to the Clark

For Immediate Release

July 15, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Five of the world's most accomplished chamber music groups come to the Clark on Tuesdays in August at 8:00 pm.  The series begins on August 2 with the acclaimed Borealis String Quartet. One of today's most exciting young chamber ensembles Trio con Brio Copenhagen will perform on August 9; the celebrated young musicians of The Caramoor Virtuosi will perform on August 16; one of the world’s most esteemed chamber ensembles the St. Petersburg String Quartet will perform with special guest Gilbert Kalish on piano on August 23; and young rising artists Kristin Lee and Alexandre Moutouzkine will conclude the series on August 30. Tickets for the Borealis String Quartet, Trio con Brio Copenhagen, Caramoor Virtuosi, and the St. Petersburg String Quartet are $25 ($20 members and students with ID). Tickets for Kristin Lee and Alexandre Moutouzkine are $17 ($12 for members and students with ID). Tickets may be purchased online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524.

About the performers

Borealis String Quartet

At the vanguard of exciting quartets of their generation, the Borealis String Quartet has created a sensation with their dynamic performances, passionate style, and refined musical interpretations. The quartet performs annually throughout North America, and for the past ten years has served as quartet-in-residence at the University of British Columbia. They will perform Haydn’s Quartet Opus 76, No. 1; the premiere performance of local composer Stephen Dankner’s String Quartet No. 12; and Grieg’s String Quartet No. 1. The Borealis String Quartet will perform on Tuesday, August 2 at 8:00 pm. $25 ($20 members and students with ID).

Trio con Brio Copenhagen

Trio con Brio Copenhagen has performed at major concert halls in Europe, the United States, and Asia. "What stands out from this ensemble is the range of tone and sound," says The American Record Guide. "They command an amazing range of timbres. Melodies sing with an aching sweetness, or seduce with wild eroticism, or haunt with impenetrable mystery." Trio con Brio Copenhagen has received numerous awards, including the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Piano Trio Award. They will perform Beethoven’s Trio Opus 70, No. 1 “Ghost”; Frank Martin’s Trio on Irish Folk Tunes; and Schubert’s Trio in B-Flat. Trio con Brio Copenhagen will perform on Tuesday, August 9 at 8:00 pm. $25 ($20 members and students with ID).

Caramoor Virtuosi

Caramoor Virtuosi is an ensemble of some of America’s finest young professional musicians who traditionally appear in various combinations throughout the year at the Caramoor International Music Festival. The Clark concert will feature Jeewon Park (piano), Colin Jacobsen (violin), Nicholas Cords (viola), and Edward Arron (artistic director and cellist) performing Schubert’s Adagio and Rondo for Piano Quartet; John Harbison’s “November 19, 1828” for Piano Quartet; Francaix’s String Trio in C Major; and Brahms’s Piano Quartet in G Minor. Caramoor Virtuosi will perform on Tuesday, August 16 at 8:00 pm. $25 ($20 members and students with ID).

St. Petersburg String Quartet with Gilbert Kalish, piano

The St. Petersburg String Quartet’s rise to fame has included a Grammy nomination, "Best Record" honors in both Stereo Review and Gramophone, and hundreds of concerts in many of North America, Europe, and Asia's most prestigious series and festivals. At the Clark, they will be joined by guest pianist Gilbert Kalish, a major figure in American music-making and education. The program will include Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8; Beethoven’s String Quartet Opus 18, No. 5; and Dvorák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major. The St. Petersburg String Quartet with Gilbert Kalish will perform on Tuesday, August 23 at 8:00 pm. $25 ($20 members and students with ID).

Kristin Lee, violin, and Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano

Winner of Juilliard’s Concerto Competition, Kristin Lee was chosen in 2009 to join the roster of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two Program. She has performed as soloist with many major orchestras. Pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine was a prize-winner of the prestigious Naumburg International Piano Competition and has performed as soloist and chamber musician in Europe and North America. The artists will perform Mozart’s Sonata No. 21; Franck’s Sonata in A Major; Corelli’s “La Folia” Variations; Messiaen’s Theme and Variations; and Wieniawski’s Original Theme with Variations. Kristin Lee and Alexandre Moutouzkine will perform on Tuesday, August 30 at 8:00 pm. $17 ($12 members and students with ID).

The Clark’s soaring acoustics and intimate auditorium offers one of the best performance venues in the region; the galleries will remain open until 6:00 pm. Before each concert, enjoy a delicious three-course fixed-price dinner in the Clark Café for $27 per person (does not include beverage, tax, or gratuity). Reservations are required; space is limited. For reservations, call 413 458 0524.

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.

Calendar Listing

Five of the world's most accomplished chamber music groups come to the Clark on Tuesdays in August at 8:00 pm.  The series begins on August 2 with the acclaimed Borealis String Quartet. One of today's most exciting young chamber ensembles Trio con Brio Copenhagen will perform on August 9; the celebrated young musicians of The Caramoor Virtuosi will perform on August 16; one of the world’s most esteemed chamber ensembles the St. Petersburg String Quartet will perform with special guest Gilbert Kalish on piano on August 23; and young rising artists Kristin Lee and Alexandre Moutouzkine will conclude the series on August 30. Tickets for the Borealis String Quartet, Trio con Brio Copenhagen, Caramoor Virtuosi, and the St. Petersburg String Quartet are $25 ($20 members and students with ID). Tickets for Kristin Lee and Alexandre Moutouzkine are $17 ($12 for members and students with ID). The Clark’s soaring acoustics and intimate auditorium offers one of the best performance venues in the region; the galleries will remain open until 6:00 pm. Before each concert, enjoy a delicious three-course fixed-price dinner in the Clark Café for $27 per person (does not include beverage, tax, or gratuity). Reservations are required; space is limited. Tickets may be purchased online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

Contact: 
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