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Art And Music Meet In Clark, Walden Chamber Players Program

For Immediate Release

October 15, 2003

Eighteenth-century art and classical music will intertwine in a special program at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown on Sunday, October 26. "Music in Context: Boccherini in Madrid," a joint program presented by the Clark and the Walden Chamber Players, will begin at 2 p.m. with a pre-concert talk by Michael Cassin, curator of education at the Clark. At 3 p.m., the Walden Chamber Players will perform a program of works by Boccherini. Tickets to the concert are $12 (members of the Clark $10, students free). To order tickets, call 1-800-586-8438.

Cassin's pre-concert slide talk will explore Spanish art of the time that Italian composer Luigi Boccherini (1743 - 1805) spent in Madrid. Cassin will discuss the paintings of artists such as Goya and Tiepolo. Slides of Spanish paintings reflecting the musical selections will also be shown as a backdrop during the musical performance.

On the music program are La Musica Notturna delle Strade di Madrid, String quintet in D Major, op. 39/3, G. 339, and String quintet in B flat Major, op. 39/1, G. 337. In between the musical pieces, Cassin will read brief selections from Spanish writings of the period.

The Walden Chamber Players is comprised of thirteen dynamic artists in various combinations of string, piano, and wind ensembles. The wide variety of instrumental groupings possible with this ensemble allows for great versatility and eclectic programming. Founded in 1997, the Walden Chamber Players present educational curricula and concerts in a format that highlights the belief that music is the human experience translated into sound. Performing on October 26 will be Alexander Velinzon, violin; Harumi Rhodes, violin; Christof Huebner, viola; Ronald Feldman, cello; and Lawrence Wolfe, bass.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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