Shanghai String Quartet to Perform an Electrifying Program Featuring Traditional Chamber Music Works and Chinese Folk Songs

For Immediate Release

August 10, 2012

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Williamstown, MA—On Tuesday, August 21, at 8 pm, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s popular chamber music concert series will conclude with the Shanghai String Quartet. The program will include both traditional Western music from the standard classical repertoire as well as selections of Chinese folk songs arranged for string quartet by Yi-Wen Jiang, second violinist of the quartet. The Clark’s intimate auditorium with its soaring acoustics is one of the best performance venues in the region. Concert tickets are $25 ($20 for Clark members and students) and may be purchased online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524. The galleries will remain open until 6 pm.

A delicious three-course fixed-price dinner is available prior to each 8 pm chamber music concert, served in the Clark’s café at 6 pm. Dinners are $27 per person (does not include beverage, tax, or gratuity); space is limited and reservations are required. For reservations, call 413 458 0524.Tickets are $25 ($20 members and students with ID) and can be purchased online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524.

Hailed by The Strad as “a foursome of uncommon refinement and musical distinction,” the Shanghai String Quartet is renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique, and multicultural innovations. The group has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles; its elegant style melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire, allowing it to traverse musical genres from traditional Chinese folk music and masterpieces of Western music to cutting-edge contemporary works.

The Shanghai Quartet, formed at the Shanghai conservatory in 1983, has worked with the world’s most distinguished artists. The group regularly tours the major music centers of Europe, North America, and Asia. Recent performances have ranged from the International Music Festivals of Seoul and Beijing to the Festival Pablo Casals in France, Beethoven Festival in Poland, Yerevan Festival in Armenia, and Cartagena International Music Festival in Colombia. They have been regular performers at many of the leading chamber music festivals in North America, including the Santa Fe and Ottawa Festivals.

The quartet has a long history of championing new music and juxtaposing Eastern and Western sounds, and this blending of Eastern and Western music will be the focus of their program at the Clark. The Mozart “Hunt” Quartet in B-Flat Major and Smetana “From My Life” Quartet will be the featured Western works. For their Chinese component, they will perform selections from ChinaSong, the quartet’s most popular CD, issued in 2003. ChinaSong is a collection of Chinese folk songs arranged for string quartet by Yi-Wen Jiang that reflect on his childhood memories of the Cultural Revolution in China.

About The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

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

Calendar Listing

August 21, 8 pm: The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s popular chamber music concert series will conclude with the Shanghai String Quartet. The program will include both traditional Western music from the standard classical repertoire as well as selections of Chinese folk songs arranged for string quartet by Yi-Wen Jiang, second violinist of the quartet. The Clark’s intimate auditorium with its soaring acoustics is one of the best performance venues in the region. Concert tickets are $25 ($20 for Clark members and students) and may be purchased online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524. The galleries will remain open until 6 pm. A delicious three-course fixed-price dinner is available prior to each 8 pm chamber music concert, served in the Clark’s café at 6 pm. Dinners are $27 per person (does not include beverage, tax, or gratuity); space is limited and reservations are required. For reservations, call 413 458 0524. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

PRESS CONTACTS:
Sally Morse Majewski
The Clark
413 458 0588
smajewski@clarkart.edu

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