For Immediate Release
January 11, 2022
CLARK ART INSTITUTE joins Metropolitan Opera’s national rebroadcast of THE MET: LIVE IN HD’S fIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES
Event celebrates Black History Month honoring first Metropolitan Opera presentation of work by a Black composer.
Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute will join a national rebroadcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s critically acclaimed production of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones. The special presentation has been organized by the Metropolitan Opera as a Black History Month celebration of its first production of an opera by a Black composer. The Clark will screen the encore broadcast in its auditorium at 12:55 pm on Saturday, February 12.
Fire Shut Up in My Bones debuted on opening night of the Metropolitan’s 2021-22 season to extraordinary critical reviews. The Metropolitan’s Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Grammy Award–winning jazz musician and composer Blanchard’s adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s moving memoir. Featuring a libretto by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons, the opera tells a poignant and profound story about a young man’s journey to overcome a life of trauma and hardship. James Robinson and Camille A. Brown—two of the creators of the Metropolitan’s recent production of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess—co-direct the new staging. Baritone Will Liverman, one of opera’s most exciting young artists, stars as Charles, alongside sopranos Angel Blue as Destiny/Loneliness/Greta and Latonia Moore as Billie.
Tickets for the performance are $25 ($22 for Clark members, $18 for students with valid ID, and $7 for children 10 and under). To purchase tickets, visit clarkart.edu or call the box office at 413 458 0524. All sales are final.
Seating capacity in the Clark’s auditorium has been reduced for this season to accommodate greater social distancing. Tickets are limited to 100 guests and are selling quickly. Proof of COVID vaccination for all visitors age twelve and older is required. All guests age five and older are required to wear facemasks at all times while inside the Clark’s facilities.
The next Met: Live in HD performance is Ariadne auf Naxos, airing Saturday, March 12 at 12:55pm.
ABOUT THE CLARK
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 and daily in July and August. Advance timed tickets are required. 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 more information on these programs and more, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
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