The Clark’s Annual Holiday Concert to Feature the Grammy Award–Winning Paul Winter Consort on December 8

For Immediate Release

November 20, 2006

Join with family and friends and herald the upcoming winter solstice at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s annual holiday concert on Friday, December 8 at 8 pm. The Clark’s auditorium will be filled with the new age sounds of the Grammy Award–winning Paul Winter Consort who offers a performance based on its popular solstice concert that takes the listener on a symbolic journey throughout the world on the longest night of the year. Winter’s annual solstice concert is performed at St. John the Divine in New York City and broadcast via National Public Radio. His album based on the performance won a Grammy Award as Best New Age Album. Tickets for the Clark concert are $25 ($20 for members) and can be purchased at the museum store or reserved by calling 413-458-0524.

Soprano saxophonist Winter is one of the pioneers of world music. In addition to combining elements of African, Asian, Latin, and Russian music with American jazz, Winter was one of the first to incorporate the sounds of nature and wildlife into his compositions. In 1967 he formed the Paul Winter Consort, as a forum for the whole range of music he had come to love, borrowing the group’s name from the house bands of the Elizabethan Theatre of Shakespeare’s time.

Winter and his musicians have earned numerous awards for their albums. Winter produced Pete Seeger’s Pete, which received the Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy in 1996. Celtic Solstice also a Grammy winner, draws from the stellar Celtic musicians who have played at Winter’s annual Summer and Winter Solstice Celebrations at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Recently, Winter’s Journey with the Sun, featuring Armenian vocalist and instrumentalist Arto Tuncboyaciyan, Davy Spillane, and Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart, was nominated for a Grammy as Best World Music Album.

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). The museum is closed on December 25 and January 1. Admission is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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