Local Folk Trio Wintergreen in Free Outdoor Concert July 22 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

July 11, 2008

The folk trio Wintergreen will perform on Tuesday, July 22, as part of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s free outdoor concert series held at 6 pm on Tuesday evenings in July. Concerts are held on Clark’s expansive south lawn (picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs encouraged). The Clark’s Cafe will sell barbeque fare and the galleries will remain open until 6 pm on concert evenings. In the event of rain, concerts will be held in the auditorium. Concert admission is free.

Wintergreen, made up of Alice and Larry Spatz and Jared Polens, performs a mixture of traditional and contemporary music from the British Isles and America, along with their own compositions. Their programs feature instrumentals based on dance tunes, intricate three-part vocal harmonies and a wide variety of folk instruments. Family concerts include many sing-alongs. Wintergreen has appeared at the Troy Music Hall, WNYT-TV Albany (NBC), Cafe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY, and has performed several concerts in Germany. The group has completed three recordings, Pass It On Down, Potluck, and Old Songs and New.

Alice and Larry Spatz perform throughout the Northeast, appearing on television, radio, at folk festivals, in concert and at clubs, schools and colleges. Active folk musicians since the 1960s, they have performed internationally and recorded several albums and tapes as soloists and with other performers. They may play as many as eight instruments during a performance, including double bass, autoharp, psaltery, guitar, mountain dulcimer, recorder, banjo, and percussion. As members of the folk trio October Mountain, along with Anson Olds, they appeared monthly on a live radio show broadcast on WAMC, "The Northeast Folk Festival." Alice has recorded as a vocalist and bassist with Cindy Mangsen and Bernice Lewis.

Polens plays hammer dulcimer solo and with others throughout the Northeast. He was a member of the contradance band, Southwind, and also sings with the a capella vocal quartet Northern Spy which has opened for Maura O'Connell and Tom Paxton. Jared has recorded as a vocalist with Alouette Iselin of Nelson, NH, and with Ed Kohn of Windsor, MA. For several years he organized weekly music nights on the summit of Mount Greylock and he has frequently performed at the Acoustic Brew in Williamstown.

The remaining concert in the series will feature Dan Daniels and Your No Good Buddies on July 29. Williamstown Savings Bank is the media sponsor for the concert series.

On view in the Clark’s main galleries through October 19 is Like Breath on Glass: Whistler, Inness, and the Art of Painting Softly. This exhibition features forty beautiful paintings by American artists who obscured their brush strokes creating paintings that, like the mist of breath’s condensation on a pane of glass, appear on the canvas without evidence of the artist’s hand.The exhibition Homer and Sargent from the Clark celebrates the opening of Stone Hill Center by highlighting twelve of the Clark’s masterpieces by Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent.

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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