American Modern Opera Company

American Modern Opera Company

Sunday

August 25, 2019

12:00 PM-4:00 PM

The Clark

225 South St
Williamstown, MA 01267

The American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) returns to the Clark this summer for another afternoon of epic performances staged on locations around the Clark's grounds.

Performances will feature AMOC’s Co-Artistic Directors Matthew Aucoin and Zack Winokur, AMOC violinists Miranda Cuckson and Keir Gogwilt, percussionist Jonny Allen, dancer/choreographer Julia Eichten, cellist Coleman Itzkoff, and countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy this free outdoor performance. In case of inclement weather, the performances will be moved indoors.

12:00 pm – THOMAS SCHÜTTE CRYSTAL STONE HILL (60 minutes)

A Starling Recital, featuring violinist Keir GoGwilt

A Starling Recital features violinist Keir GoGwilt and guest double bassist Kyle Motl in an array of baroque, folk, and improvised music, variously composed, transcribed, ornamented, and re-composed by Johann Paul von Westhoff, Dick Gaughan, Motl, and GoGwilt. Authorship is distributed not only between people, centuries, and traditions, but also between disciplines. A running theme of the recital is Christopher GoGwilt’s ‘starling’ poetry form – a template of twenty-seven words that lends itself to musical iteration and re-iteration. To date, hundreds, if not thousands of starlings have taken flight – this recital presents the most recent integration of this poetic form in a musical context.

1:20 pm – FERNÁNDEZ TERRACE, CLARK CENTER (60 minutes)

Explorations of the Clark archi-landscape with AMOC artists

AMOC artists animate the Clark's architecture and landscape with a vast sound and movement journey, from Henry Purcell’s ethereal Dido’s Lament to the visceral and spatialized music of Iannis Xenakis and Tom Johnson. This hour-long extravaganza features violinist Miranda Cuckson, cellist Coleman Itzkoff, percussionist Jonny Allen, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, and dancers/choreographers Julia Eichten and Zack Winokur.

3:00 pm – AUDITORIUM (60 minutes)

Chamber concert featuring musicians from AMOC

AMOC’s marathon of performances concludes with an intimate concert that exists at the edge of silence. On this August afternoon, come in from the heat into the cool oasis of the Clark’s auditorium for an hour of reflective and mysterious music. The program will include AMOC artists performing music by Monteverdi, Salvatore Sciarrino, and Matthew Aucoin, among others.

About the American Modern Opera Company

The American Modern Opera Company 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.
 
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.