American Modern Opera Company

American Modern Opera Company

Sunday

August 26, 2018

2:00 PM-5:30 PM

The Clark

225 South St
Williamstown, MA 01267

Join artists from the American Modern Opera Company in an afternoon of music and dance, performed throughout the landscape of the Clark's beautiful campus. AMOC will perform mini-concerts everywhere from the Fernández Terrace, to Thomas Schütte: Crystal, to the stunning entrance of the original museum. Performances include a new work created by dancer Bobbi Jene Smith in collaboration with violinist Keir GoGwilt, as well as music spanning centuries—including pieces by AMOC Co-Artistic director Matthew Aucoin, featuring countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, violinists Miranda Cuckson and Keir GoGwilt, cellist Coleman Itzkoff, percussionist Jonny Allen, and Conor Hanick and Matthew Aucoin on piano.

2 pm: WITH CARE (20 minutes)
Fernández Terrace
Straight from their summer residency space in Stamford, Vermont, AMOC brings a special preview of this boundary-blurring, new work for two dancers and two violins to the Clark. Created by Bobbie Jene Smith, former star of the world-renowned Batsheva Dance Company, in collaboration with violinist Keir Gogwilt, “With Care” also features stunning dancer Or Schraiber, powerhouse violinist Miranda Cuckson, and a special original piece by Matthew Aucoin. Co-commissioned by AMOC and ODC Theater, San Francisco.

2:30 pm: OLD & NEW (40 minutes)
Entrance of the Museum Building
Mirroring the Clark’s landscape, musical works by George Frideric Handel and other Baroque composers, combined with new music, are juxtaposed in offerings from star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo (“utterly riveting”—The New York Times), percussionist Jonny Allen (“jaw-dropping virtuosity”—The Washington Post), and cellist Coleman Itzkoff (“flawless technique and keen musicality”—The New Yorker).

3:30 pm: DUOS IN CRYSTAL (25 minutes)
Thomas Schütte: Crystal (on Stone Hill)
The pasture becomes home to virtuosic duets featuring music by Georg Philipp Telemann and Béla Bartók with violinists Miranda Cuckson (“one of the most sensitive and electric interpreters of new music”—Downbeat Magazine) and Keir Gogwilt (“amazingly supple technical finesse…a lustrous sonority”—San Diego Story).

4:30 pm: WORKS BY MATTHEW AUCOIN (1 hour)
Clark Center Lower Lobby
A special, intimate performance features pianist Conor Hanick (“brilliant,” “effortlessly elegant”—The New York Times) and musical works by composer and AMOC Co-Artistic Director Matthew Aucoin—including his setting of Dante, This Earth, for countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo.