Chamber Music Series opens at the Clark Aug. 3

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute announces its summer chamber music series with a performance by the acclaimed Los Angeles Piano Quartet, a group that enjoys international stature as the premiere ensemble of its kind, on Tuesday, Aug. 3, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $21, $18 for Clark members and students with ID, and may be purchased at clarkart.edu, 413-458-0524, or at the museum shop.

The Aug. 3 concert at the Clark features the Beethoven Piano Quartet in E-Flat major, Opus 16; Mendelssohn’s Piano Quartet No. 2 in F Minor; and Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Opus 60.

Since its 1977 debut concert in Los Angeles, LAPQ has been in demand for appearances on many of the world’s most prestigious stages. They have been repeatedly engaged by major chamber music presenters in North America, featured at the Cheltenham Festival in England, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and in concert halls throughout Europe.

The LAPQ has been an active force in the creation of new works for piano quartet, commissioning from prominent contemporary composers such as Stephen Hartke, Gerard Schurmann, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Stucky.

The LAPQ premiered Stucky’s work at a performance at the 2005 Tucson Festival to acclaim from the press.

The ensemble is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and Chamber Music America.

A fixed-price, three-course dinner will be offered at the Clark Café at 6 p.m. Cost for dinner is $25 per person (does not include concert, beverage, tax, or gratuity). Dinner reservations are required and seating is limited. Call 413-458-0524 for reservations. In addition the museum shop and galleries will remain open until 6 p.m. giving concert-goers an opportunity to view Picasso Looks at Degas; gallery admission is $15.

Make a night of it at the first four Tuesdays in August as the Clark offers an experience of art, food, and music. The Miro String Quartet performs on Aug. 10. The Claremont Piano Trio performs on Aug. 17. The series concludes on Aug. 24 with the Cavani String Quartet.

The Clark is located at 225 South St. in Williamstown. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (daily in July and August). Admission June 1 through Oct. 31 is $15 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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