For Immediate Release
October 5, 2022


Williamstown, Massachusetts—On Saturday, October 29, at 2 pm, the Clark Art Institute presents a concert by Montreal-based pianist Gabriel Quenneville-Bélair. The program includes nineteenth- and twentieth-century music selected from composers including Maurice Ravel, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Schubert, and Ludwig van Beethoven. Also premiering at this performance are three concert études composed by Williamstown resident Stephen Dankner. The free performance is open to the public and takes place in the Clark’s auditorium. 

Gabriel Quenneville-Bélair is a French-Canadian musician known for exploring a modern piano repertoire. In addition to his powerful solo performances, Quenneville-Bélair has premiered numerous works by living composers, including a prelude by Sean Clarke—specifically written for him to perform. In 2018, he earned first prize at the Hart House Orchestra Concerto Competition, second prize at the American Prize in Piano Performance, and first prize at the American Protégé International Competition. The Fondation de soutien aux arts de Lavalhas has praised Quenneville-Bélair as “an exceptional pianist. His playing unifies technique, sensitivity, and depth.” He currently serves as an adjunct professor of piano literature at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario.

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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 285,000 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, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Its 140-acre campus includes miles of hiking and walking trails through woodlands and meadows, providing an exceptional experience of art in nature. Galleries are open 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday, from September through June, and daily in July and August. Advance tickets are strongly recommended. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, all visitors age 21 and under, and students with a valid student ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; and EBT Card to Culture. For information on these programs and more, visit or call 413 458 2303. 

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