A Free Concert of New Music up Close

For Immediate Release
December 21, 2015

Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute presents “Out of the Box,” a free performance by the I/O Ensemble of Williams College, on Saturday, January 9 at 2 pm. The one-hour concert, which is part of the Williams College Department of Music’s I/O Fest ’16, will be held on the lower level of the Clark Center. For more information on I/O Fest ’16, visit

Featuring works by Steve Reich, Ryan Ross Smith, James Tenney, Jacob Walls, and David Lang, the program includes percussion, voices, strings, and winds.

“We’re thrilled to bring the I/O Fest to the Clark, where concertgoers can step out of the concert hall for new music in an extraordinary space,” said Matthew Gold, artist associate in percussion at Williams College and director of I/O Fest. “We will present a diverse program of works that engage directly with audiences and allow them to experience the music up close—immersing them in the music of now.”


The I/O Ensemble was founded in 2008 by Matthew Gold and Steven Bodner as a vehicle for exploring new and adventurous music through deeply committed performances and unconventional presentations. The annual I/O Fest features performances by the I/O Ensemble, guest artists, and students from the music department deeply engaged in music making on all levels. Held annually during the first week of January, this series of new music concerts and events immerses audiences in the full spectrum of today’s most vital compositional trends. Now in its seventh year, the I/O Fest invites audiences to open their ears and minds to the music of now.


The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 240,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit or call 413 458 2303.

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