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The Miri Ben-Ari Experience to Kick off Saturday Night Jazz Series at the Clark November 4

For Immediate Release

October 18, 2000

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA, (October 19, 2000) – The Miri Ben-Ari Experience will kick off "Saturday Night Jazz," a four-concert series at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Jazz violinist Miri Ben-Ari and her ensemble of piano, bass, and drums, will perform on Saturday, November 4, at 8:00 p.m. Upcoming concerts in the series will be Afro-Cuban jazz performers Bobby Sanabria and Quarteto Aché! on January 13, avant-garde klezmer jazz group the Klezmatics on February 17, and guitarist Charlie Hunter on March 24. All four concerts are offered at 8:00 p.m. in the Clark auditorium. Subscriptions to the entire series are available at the discounted price of $60 ($55 for members and students). Tickets to individual concerts are $17 ($15 for members and students). Subscriptions and tickets are available at the Clark Museum Shop or by calling 413-458-2303, extension 324.

According to a Village Voice review, "Miri Ben-Ari plays the violin like her life depended on it." Ben-Ari grew up in Israel, where she studied classical music with such violinists as Yehudi Menuhin and Isaac Stern. Following her mandatory military service, which included playing for the Israeli Army String Quartet, Ben-Ari moved to the United States to study jazz. She soon became one of the most recognized jazz violinists on the music scene. She has performed and recorded with such artists as Betty Carter, Les Paul, Manhattan Transfer, Seal, Mariah Carey, Luther Vandross, and Wynton Marsalis, who is featured on Ben-Ari's latest CD Song of the Promised Land.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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