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The Clark to Present Aston Magna Concert Series

For Immediate Release

June 17, 2008

The internationally renowned Aston Magna will perform in a series of three concerts at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on June 29, July 6, and July 13, at 3 pm. Tickets for the series of three concerts is $105. Single tickets are $40 ($30 members of the Clark or senior citizens). Up to two children, ages six to twelve, may attend the concerts free with each paid adult ticket. For information and tickets, call Aston Magna at 413-528-3595.

The Boston Globe described Aston Magna as “out on the cutting edge of its art.” Under the direction of Daniel Stepner, artistic director, Aston Magna's performances aim to interpret the music of the past as the composer imagined it. Aston Magna has been recognized internationally for nearly three decades for its contributions to the popularization of early music performed using historically accurate instruments and performance practices.

Kicking off the series on June 29 will be a program of “The Young Mendelssohn” including the String Symphony in B Minor; Quintet in A Major; and Octet in E-flat Major. July 6 will feature the “Music from Thomas Jefferson's Library” program with works by Geminiani, Maria Cosway, Mozart, J.C. Bach, Francis Hopkinson, and Thomas Arne, all composers Jefferson heard or played. July 13 concludes the series with “Complete Art of the Fugue by J.S. Bach.”

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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