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The Klezmatics to Perform at the Clark February 17

For Immediate Release

February 10, 2001

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA, (February 9, 2001) - "Soul-stirring Jewish roots music for the 21st century" will be heard at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, February 17, at 8:00 p.m., when the Klezmatics perform in concert. The Klezmatics, who have appeared on Great Performances, CBS Nightwatch, and Late Night with David Letterman, are one of today's leading klezmer acts, bringing a contemporary aesthetic to traditional Yiddish music. Tickets are $17 ($15 for members) are available at the Clark Museum Shop or by calling 413-458-2303, extension 324.

The band includes Alicia Svigals on fiddle, Lorin Sklamberg on accordian and vocals, Frank London on trumpet, Paul Morrissett on bass, David Licht on drums, and Matt Darriau on clarinet, saxes, and kaval. According to a New Yorker review, "the Klezmatics blend traditional and modern idioms to produce music that's full of fervor, tension, and mysticism." Their 1998 CD, The Well, was chosen as one of the best albums of 1998 by various newspapers, magazines, and radio stations throughout the world. Their other recordings include Jews with Horns and Rhythm and Jews. The Klezmatics also appeared with Itzhak Perlman in the Emmy-Award-winning PBS special, "In the Fiddler's House."

The Klezmatics performance is the third in a series of Saturday night concerts at the Clark. The final concert will be a performance by guitarist Charlie Hunter on March 24. For more information, call 413-458-2303, extension 324.

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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