American Modern Opera Company

American Modern Opera Company


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 an 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), the world’s premier countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, and musical works by composer and AMOC Co-Artistic Director Matthew Aucoin—including This Earth, Aucoin’s setting of a literal and spiritual dawn from the “Purgatorio” section of Dante’s Divine Comedy.

About the American Modern Opera Company

The American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) is an opera company based on a new model. The company serves as the artistic home for seventeen of the most exciting singers, dancers, and instrumentalists of the rising generation. AMOC’s artists are committed to reimagining what it means to make opera in the twenty-first century: unlike a typical opera company, which features a constantly changing roster of artists in one particular theater, AMOC focuses on deep, long-term artistic relationships among its core members. The company’s goal is to create a body of new, discipline-colliding music-theater works that are conceived, developed, and performed by its artists.
In AMOC’s inaugural 2017–2018 season, the company launched the new Run AMOC! Festival at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts in December; held its first major teaching and performance residency at Harvard University in February; performed at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee, in March; and was Artist-in-Residence at Park Avenue Armory in April. After appearing at the Clark, future engagements include performances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and an expanded Run AMOC! Festival at the American Repertory Theater, as well as commissions from the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and San Francisco’s ODC Theater.


This program is supported by Susan Baker and Michael Lynch, Dr. Howard Bellin, Suzy and Tony Davis, Peter Tcherepnine, and Marilyn and Ron Walter.