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Clark's Free Outdoor Band Concerts Begin July 8

For Immediate Release

June 30, 2003

The area's favorite bagpipe band, The Berkshire Highlanders, will kick off this summer's band concert series at the Clark Art Institute on Tuesday, July 8, at 6 p.m. Four concerts offered on Tuesdays in July will
feature music of the British Isles in honor of the exhibition Turner: The Late Seascapes. All concerts take place at 6 p.m. on the Institute's south lawn. Picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets are encouraged.

Wood's Tea Company will perform sea shanties and other "seafaring" music on July 15. Wintergreen will play traditional and contemporary British music on July 22. The Bala Brass Quintet will close the series with a concert of works by Grainger, Holst, Arnold, and Byrd on July 29.

The galleries remain open until 6:00 pm. on band concert evenings. In the event of rain, concerts will be held in the auditorium.

J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851) was one of Britain's greatest artists. Turner: The Late Seascapes exhibition explores the defining years of his career when, at the height of his artistic powers, he painted the sea as a stage for human drama and action. The exhibition features 35 oil paintings and watercolors, including several never before seen in the United States, that represent the culmination of Turner's lifelong fascination with
the sea. The Clark is the only North American venue for the show.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open daily, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu/exhibitions/turner/.

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