On August 26th, Matthew Aucoin , the Met Opera’s youngest ever assistant conductor and co-Artistic Director of the new American Modern Opera Company (AMOC), brings AMOC to the Clark Art Institute for an afternoon of mini-concerts from some of the most diverse and vibrant young singers, instrumentalists and dancers active today. The ensemble includes stars of the Metropolitan Opera, musicians of the International Contemporary Ensemble, and former and current dancers of the world-renowned Batsheva Dance Company. The young company’s commitment is to reimagine the experience of opera – from conception to performance.
Performing en plein air, the artists will activate the landscape of the Clark’s beautiful campus. Throughout the afternoon their performances will take place everywhere from the Fernández Terrace and among Thomas Schütte: Crystal, an architectonic sculpture that overlooks the Berkshire mountains, to the stunning classical façade of the original museum. The Clark is the first stop for AMOC before appearing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the ODC Theater in San Francisco.
Along with Aucoin (“the most promising operatic talent in a generation” – The New York Times), on piano, the performers include countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo (“utterly riveting” – The New York Times), violinists Miranda Cuckson (“one of the most sensitive and electric interpreters of new music” – Downbeat Magazine) and Keir GoGwilt (“amazingly supple technical finesse…a lustrous sonority” – San Diego Story), cellist Coleman Itzkoff (“flawless technique and keen musicality” – The New Yorker), percussionist Jonny Allen (“jaw-dropping virtuosity” – Washington Post), and pianist Conor Hanick (“brilliant,” “effortlessly elegant” – The New York Times). Bobbie Jene Smith, choreographer and former star of the world-renowned Batsheva Dance Company and Or Schraiber, current Company member of Batsheva, will perform original pieces alongside these top instrumentalists.
AMOC at the Clark runs from 2-5:30pm on Sunday August 26th and is completely free and open to the public. For questions or more information call (917) 502-2012 or email email@example.com.
2 pm: WITH CARE (20 minutes)
Straight from their summer residency space in Stamford, Vermont, AMOC brings a special preview of this boundary-blurring, new work for two dancers and two violins to the Clark. Created by Bobbie Jene Smith, former star of the world-renowned Batsheva Dance Company, in collaboration with violinist Keir Gogwilt, “With Care” also features stunning dancer Or Schraiber, powerhouse violinist Miranda Cuckson, and a special original piece by Matthew Aucoin. Co-commissioned by AMOC and ODC Theater, San Francisco.
2:30 pm: OLD & NEW (40 minutes)
Entrance of the Museum Building
Mirroring the Clark’s landscape, musical works by George Frideric Handel and other Baroque composers, combined with new music, are juxtaposed in offerings from star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo (“utterly riveting”—The New York Times), percussionist Jonny Allen (“jaw-dropping virtuosity”—The Washington Post), and cellist Coleman Itzkoff (“flawless technique and keen musicality”—The New Yorker).
3:30 pm: DUOS IN CRYSTAL (25 minutes)
Thomas Schütte: Crystal (on Stone Hill)
The pasture becomes home to virtuosic duets featuring music by Georg Philipp Telemann and Béla Bartók with violinists Miranda Cuckson (“one of the most sensitive and electric interpreters of new music”—Downbeat Magazine) and Keir Gogwilt (“amazingly supple technical finesse…a lustrous sonority”—San Diego Story).
4:30 pm: WORKS BY MATTHEW AUCOIN (1 hour)
Clark Center Lower Lobby
A special, intimate performance features pianist Conor Hanick (“brilliant,” “effortlessly elegant”—The New York Times) and musical works by composer and AMOC Co-Artistic Director Matthew Aucoin—including his setting of Dante, This Earth, for countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo.
The Clark is located in Williamstown, MA and is an easy and scenic hour-long drive from Hudson.
225 South St
Williamstown, MA 01267