Folk Legend Janis Ian to Perform a Special Concert at the Clark

For Immediate Release

March 22, 2012

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Nine-time Grammy Award-nominee Janis Ian comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute for a remarkable double-header, featuring a free book reading on April 19 at 5:30 pm and a concert on April 20 at 8:00 pm. Ian’s breakthrough hits "Society's Child (Baby, I've Been Thinking)" and "At Seventeen" introduced this formidable talent to the world in the mid-sixties, and Ian has received critical acclaim for her boundary-breaking music ever since. Tickets to the concert are $40 ($38 for members and $35 for students) and may be purchased online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524.

Janis Ian wrote her first song in 1965 at the age of twelve and recorded her first album for Verve-Folkways, which featured her first hit, “Society’s Child.” The song ignited controversy from coast to coast, resulting in the burning of a radio station and the firing of disc jockeys who played it. She is the writer of “Jesse,” a song recorded by so many others that few remember Ian wrote it; “Stars,” possibly the best song ever written about the life of a performer, recorded by artists as diverse as Mel Torme and Cher; and the seminal “At Seventeen,” a song that brought her five Grammy nominations (the most any solo female artist had ever garnered) and was elected into the Grammy Hall of Fame. She has performed in sold-out concert halls throughout the world, from Holland and the United Kingdom to Australia and Japan, and her countless television appearances include a performance as the musical guest on the first episode of Saturday Night Live. In addition to her celebrated albums—including Stars, Night Rains, and Breaking Silence—Ian is the author of an autobiography, articles and short stories, and songs for film and television. Her book, Society’s Child: My Autobiography, has been called “a juicily entertaining look at an unusual life in show business” (Kirkus Reviews) and “painfully candid . . . hard to put down” (Booklist).

The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free through June 15. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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April 19 and 20: Nine-time Grammy Award-nominee Janis Ian comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute for a remarkable double-header, featuring a free book reading on April 19 at 5:30 pm and a concert on April 20 at 8:00 pm. Ian’s breakthrough hits "Society's Child (Baby, I've Been Thinking)" and "At Seventeen" introduced this formidable talent to the world in the mid-sixties, and Ian has received critical acclaim for her boundary-breaking music ever since. Tickets to the concert are $40 ($38 for members and $35 for students) and may be purchased online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

Contact: 
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