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Aston Magna Brings an All Mozart Performance to the Clark on July 24

For Immediate Release

July 10, 2006

It’s an all Mozart program at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Monday, July 24 when the critically acclaimed Aston Magna performs at 8 pm. Called “the country’s premiere ensemble for research and performance of baroque music” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Aston Magna was the first group in the United States to perform the Mozart symphonies on original instruments.Tickets are $20 ($15 for members) and are available at the Clark’s museum shop during regular hours or by calling the box office at 413-458-0524.

In the wonderful acoustics of the Clark’s auditorium, enjoy Mozart’s Adagio and Rondo, K. 617 for Glass Harmonica, strings and winds; quartets for strings with oboe and flute; and a mini tour of The Magic Flute, featuring Mozart’s own arrangements of the opera’s arias. Performers will include Christopher Krueger, flute; Stephen Hammer, oboe; violin and glass harmonica; David Miller, viola; and Loretta O’Sullivan, cello.

Under artistic director Daniel Stepner, Aston Magna’s performances aim to interpret the music of the past as the composer imagined it. Aston Magna has been recognized internationally for nearly three decades for its contributions to the popularization of early music performed using historically accurate instruments and performance practices.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily 10 am to 5 pm (closed Mondays from September to June). Admission is $10 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 www.clarkart.edu.

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