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Holiday Concert by the Barra Macneils December 11

For Immediate Release

December 01, 2004

Canada's "first family of Celtic music" will perform a holiday concert at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, December 11, at 8 p.m. The Barra MacNeils will perform music from their nationally broadcast PBS special, "A Cape Bretton Christmas with the Barra MacNeils." Tickets are $25 ($22 for members) and are available at the Clark museum shop or by telephoning 413-458-0524.

The Barra MacNeils-siblings Sheumas, Kyle, Stewart, and Lucy-have been recording together since 1986 and are one of Canada's premier Celtic music groups. Their Christmas album of 1999 led to sold out tours and a one-hour holiday special that was broadcast more than 40 times on Canada Music Television. In 2001, the Barra MacNeils were voted Canada's Group of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards, and earned a Juno nomination (Canada's equivalent of a Grammy Award).

The Barra MacNeils concert is presented as part of Williamstown's Holiday Walk Weekend. Earlier in the day, the Clark museum shop will be open for holiday shopping (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) with a special additional discount for members. As part of the holiday shopping day on December 11, gardeners and herbalists Amy Kernagis and Isabelle Hadley will be present "A Medieval Apothecary" at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., demonstrating medieval remedies with herbs and tinctures. Admission is free.

On view in the galleries are two exhibitions with holiday subject matter: Medieval Mystery: Who is the Master of the Embroidered Foliage, with paintings featuring the Madonna and Child, and Albrecht Dürer's Life of the Virgin.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5p.m. Gallery admission is free through May. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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