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Free Concert by Victor Hill of Harpsichord Works October 1 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

September 15, 2006

Victor Hill opens the 39th season of his Griffin Hall Concerts at Williams College with a harpsichord recital, held in the auditorium of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, on Sunday, October 1, at 3 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

The program features two major works of J. S. Bach, the Toccata in C minor and Prelude and Fugue in A minor. In addition, Hill will conclude his complete traversal of the solo and chamber keyboard works of Jean-Philippe Rameau by playing the Suite in G major and G minor, dating from around 1728. Four Sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti and a Capriccio by Girolamo Frescobaldi complete the program.

Hill retired on June 30 as Thomas T. Read Professor of Mathematics at Williams, but continues with his college-sponsored concert series and with other musical activities, including his work as archivist, editorial board member, and recordings reviewer for the Association of Anglican Musicians.

He studied harpsichord in Amsterdam with the eminent Dutch harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt and has played nearly 1000 concerts throughout the United States and in Europe. For this concert he will play the double-manual harpsichord custom-built for him in 1997 by Richard Kingston of Asheville, NC.

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 June 1 through October 31 is $10 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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