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Ying String Quartet Performs ‘Musical Dim Sum’ Program at The Clark
Chamber Music Concert Series Starts July 31

For Immediate Release

July 24, 2012

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Williamstown, MA—The Ying String Quartet, one of the most exciting chamber music groups in the country, will perform at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Tuesday, July 31, at 8 pm, in the first concert in the Clark’s popular Tuesday evening chamber music series. The Clark’s intimate auditorium with its soaring acoustics is one of the best performance venues in the region; the galleries will remain open until 6 pm. Concert tickets are $25 ($20 for Clark members and students) and may be purchased online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524.

Prior to each 8 pm chamber music concert, the Clark offers a delicious three-course fixed-price dinner served in the Clark’s café at 6 pm. Dinners are $27 per person (does not include beverage, tax, or gratuity); space is limited and reservations are required. For reservations, call 413 458 0524.

The Ying String Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music in today's world. Now in its second decade as a quartet, the group has established itself as an ensemble of the highest musical qualifications in its tours across the United States and abroad.

The quartet performs regularly in many of the world's most important concert halls, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House. At the same time, the group's belief that concert music can be a meaningful part of everyday life has also drawn the foursome to perform in such diverse settings as workplaces, schools, juvenile prisons, and the White House. The quartet’s constant quest to explore the creative possibilities of the string quartet has led to an unusually wide array of musical projects and interests.

Supported by the Institute for American Music, the quartet commissions both established and emerging composers to create music that reflects contemporary American life. The members of the group frequently teach at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick, Maine, and at the Aspen, Colorado, Music Festival. As quartet-in-residence at the Eastman School of Music, they teach in the string department and lead a rigorous chamber music program. From 2001 to 2008, they were the Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University.

For their concert at the Clark, the Ying String Quartet will present a “Musical Dim Sum” program—a program that has allowed the group to extend their repertoire while also celebrating their own cultural heritage. They will perform Mozart's String Quartet in E-flat Major, K.428; Musical Dim Sum (featuring Zhou Long’s Song of the Ch’in, Vivian Fung’s Pizzicato for String Quartet, and Lei Liang’s Gobi Gloria); and Debussy's String Quartet in G Minor.

The Clark’s chamber music concert series continues with the critically acclaimed Hermitage Piano Trio on Tuesday, August 7. The celebrated Carpe Diem String Quartet will perform on August 14, and the renowned Shanghai String Quartet will conclude the series on August 21.

About 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 daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.

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July 31: The Ying String Quartet, one of the most exciting chamber music groups in the country, will perform at the Clark on Tuesday, July 31, at 8 pm. Now in its second decade, the quartet has established itself as an ensemble of the highest musical qualifications in its tours across the United States and abroad; the group has performed in many of the world’s most important concert halls, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House. Tickets are $25 ($20 for Clark members and students) and may be purchased online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524. The Clark’s intimate auditorium with its soaring acoustics is one of the best performance venues in the region; the galleries will remain open until 6 pm. Prior to each 8 pm chamber music concert, the Clark offers a delicious three-course fixed-price dinner served in the Clark’s café at 6 pm. Dinners are $27 per person (does not include beverage, tax, or gratuity); space is limited and reservations are required. For reservations, call 413 458 0524. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

PRESS CONTACTS:
Sally Morse Majewski
The Clark
413 458 0588
smajewski@clarkart.edu

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