Cassatt String Quartet at Clark Dec 6th for Holiday Walk Weekend

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The acclaimed Cassatt String Quartet performs a special concert at the Clark Art Institute on Friday, December 6, at 7 pm as the kick-off event for Williamstown’s Holiday Walk Weekend. The group presents world premieres by composers Ileana Perez-Velazquez, Zachary Wadsworth, and Dylan Schneider, each of whom is a member of the Williams College faculty.

Each of the new compositions is inspired by the composer’s favorite artwork from the Clark’s permanent collection. Alexis Goodin, the Clark’s curatorial research associate, gives a brief introduction to each composition, providing details on the object(s) that inspired the composer. In a nod to the holiday season, the program also includes the festive music of Vivaldi’s “Winter” from the Four Seasons, and selections from the holiday favorite “The Nutcracker Suite” by Tchaikovsky.

One of America’s outstanding ensembles, the Manhattan-based Cassatt String Quartet—Muneko Otani (first violin), Jennifer Leshnower (violin), Ah Ling Neu (viola), and Elizabeth Anderson (cello)—has performed throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East, with appearances in London for the Sapphire Jubilee Celebration of Queen Elizabeth II, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, the Kennedy Center, and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The quartet has recorded more than thirty CDs for the Koch, Naxos, New World, Point, CRI, Tzadik, and Albany labels and is named for the celebrated American impressionist painter Mary Cassatt.

The concert takes place in the Clark’s auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center. Tickets are $25 ($20 for members). Students are free with valid ID. All ticket sales are nonrefundable. Visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 0524 to reserve tickets.

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