Brahms, Mozart Featured in Chamber Concert at the Clark

For Immediate Release

November 01, 2013

Williamstown, MA—Edward Arron, whom The New Yorker called “not only one of New York's most exciting young cellists but also an inventive impresario,” directs a chamber music concert at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Sunday, November 17 at 2 pm. Tickets are $25 ($20 for Clark members; free for students with college ID). To order tickets, visit or call 413 458 0524.

Arron joins world-renowned violinists Jennifer Frautschi and Tessa Lark and violists Che-Hung Chen and Max Mandel, all performing artists in residence at the Clark, to perform works by Mozart, Brahms, Arvo Pärt, and Giya Kancheli.

Concertgoers are invited to meet the artists at a wine and cheese reception following the performance.
About the Artists

Ed Arron has garnered recognition worldwide for his elegant musicianship, impassioned performances, and creative programming. In spring 2013, he completed a ten-year residency as the artistic director of the critically acclaimed Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert. He is resident performer of the Musical Masterworks concert series in Old Lyme, Connecticut and is also artistic director of the Caramoor Virtuosi, the resident chamber ensemble of the Caramoor International Music Festival. Arron, who currently serves on the faculty of New York University, plays a cello made by Giovanni Grancino in Milan in 1700.

Jennifer Frautschi is a two-time Grammy nominee and Avery Fisher career grant recipient violinist selected by Carnegie Hall for its Distinctive Debuts series. She is both an international soloist and a chamber artist who has performed with the Boston Chamber Music Society, Caramoor, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, among many others. She performs on a 1722 Antonio Stradivarius violin known as the “ex-Cadiz,” on generous loan to her from a private American foundation.

Tessa Lark won the prestigious Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition in New York in 2012. She was a featured soloist at the Forbidden City Concert Hall with the Beijing Symphony and was a featured soloist at Music Hall with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She plays a 1675 Tononi violin on loan to her from the Steans Institute for Young Artists.

Che-Hung Chen has been a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra since the spring of 2001. He has served as principal viola of the Curtis Symphony and has recently appeared as guest principal viola with the San Diego Symphony and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He performs on a viola made by Carlo Antonio Testore in Milan, Italy, c. 1756.

Max Mandel, an active chamber musician, was named a Susan and Joseph Handelman Rising Star in 2000 and 2001; he has appeared at Caramoor more than thirty times, including performances in August 1999 as part of a three-day “Parade of Stars” series. He plays a 1973 Giovanni Battista Morassi viola loaned to him by Lesley Robertson of the St. Lawrence Quartet. 

Learn from the Masters

The Williams College Department of Music welcomes cellist Ed Arron and violinist Jennifer Frautschi to teach a chamber music master class on Saturday, November 16 at 10 am and a master class by pianist Jeewon Park at 2 pm in Brooks Rogers Recital Hall at Williams College. The public is invited to attend.

About the Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Stone Hill Center galleries are open; admission is free. For more information, visit or call 413 458 2303.


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