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Evening of Art, Food, and Music Features Cellist Matt Haimovitz and Pianist Geoffrey Burleson August 12

For Immediate Release

August 01, 2008

Internationally acclaimed Israeli cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Geoffrey Burleson will perform on August 12 at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as part of the Tuesday evening series of art, food, and music. Concerts begin at 8 pm and a prix-fixe dinner at 6 pm in the Clark Café will be offered prior to each performance. The Clark’s galleries remain open until 6 pm on concert evenings providing a chance to view the exhibition Like Breath on Glass: Whistler, Inness, and the Art of Painting Softly. Concert tickets are $18 ($15 for Clark members) and can be purchased at www.clarkart.edu, at the Clark’s museum shop, or by calling 413-458-0524. Cost for dinner is $23 per person (does not include beverage, tax, or gratuity) and reservations are required; call 413-458-0524.

Matt Haimovitz, described by The New York Times as a “stellar soloist,” made his debut in 1984 at the age of 13, as soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. At 17 he made his first recording, performing the Saint-Saëns, Lalo, and Bruch concertos with James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic with James Levine, the New York Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta, the English Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin.

While receiving rave reviews for playing concerto favorites with orchestras worldwide, and for premiering multiple new concertos each season, Haimovitz is expanding the concerto experience and repertoire with a series of innovative new commissions and recordings. The program at the Clark will include the cello and piano arrangement of one such work, “Klezmer Fantasy,” by Williamstown composer Stephen Dankner. The work is in six continuous movements and is an original work in the style of traditional Klezmer. Also included in the program will the Beethoven Sonata in D Major, Opus 102, No. 2; the Carter Sonata for Cello and Piano; and the Barber Sonata in C Minor, Opus 6.

Collaborating with Haimovitz is pianist Geoffrey Burleson, who has performed to wide acclaim throughout Europe and North America. He is equally active as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician, and jazz performer. Burleson has appeared as soloist with the Boston Musica Viva, Arlington Philharmonic, New England Philharmonic, and the Holland Symfonia. A core member of Impetus, The New York Art Ensemble, the Boston Musica Viva, and the Pittsburgh Collective, Burleson teaches piano at Princeton University and is assistant professor of music and coordinator of piano studies at Hunter College. The New York Times has hailed Burleson’s solo performances as “vibrant and compelling.”

On August 19, Manchester Music Festival artists Joana Genova, Ariel Rudiakov, Maxine Neuman, and Elizabeth Wright will perform. The series concludes on August 26 with the Julliard-trained Amernet String Quartet.

Clark chef Steve Wilkinson has designed a series of three-course, prix-fixe dinners served prior to the concerts. Each course will offer three choices, with the menu changing each week. Appetizer selections include: Tuscan tomato soup with fresh basil; mesclun greens with avocado, grapefruit, and crab, with lime-mint dressing; and native tomato salad with feta cheese and olives. Entrée choices may include: sautéed tilapia with lemon, capers, butter, and parsley; roast rosemary chicken with roasted vegetables and corn spoon bread; or penne with broccoli rabe, cannellini beans, garlic, and asiago cheese. For dessert, choices include: chocolate mousse, strawberry-rhubarb tart, and crème brûlée. Wilkinson has been chef/manager of the Clark’s Café for two years, and prior to that, he owned and was chef at three restaurants in Connecticut: Fine Bouche, Steve’s Centerbrook Cafe, and Esteva, all were rated 3 stars by the New York Times and held Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence. Reservations are required. Call 413-458-0524. Seating begins at 6 pm.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open daily in July and August, 10 am to 5 pm (closed Mondays, September through June). 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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