Clark Art To Broadcast 'Fire Shut Up In My Bones'

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute will join a national rebroadcast of the Metropolitan Opera's critically acclaimed production of Terence Blanchard's "Fire Shut Up in My Bones."
 
The special presentation has been organized by the Metropolitan Opera as a Black History Month celebration of its first production of an opera by a Black composer. 
 
The Clark will screen the encore broadcast in its auditorium at 12:55 pm on Saturday, Feb. 12.  
 
"Fire Shut Up in My Bones" debuted on opening night of the Metropolitan's 2021-22 season to extraordinary critical reviews. The Metropolitan's Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Grammy Award–winning jazz musician and composer Blanchard's adaptation of Charles M. Blow's moving memoir. Featuring a libretto by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons, the opera tells a poignant and profound story about a young man's journey to overcome a life of trauma and hardship. James Robinson and Camille A. Brown—two of the creators of the Metropolitan's recent production of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess—co-direct the new staging. Baritone Will Liverman, one of opera's most exciting young artists, stars as Charles, alongside sopranos Angel Blue as Destiny/Loneliness/Greta and Latonia Moore as Billie. 
 
Tickets for the performance are $25 ($22 for Clark members, $18 for students with valid ID, and $7 for children 10 and under). To purchase tickets, visit clarkart.edu or call the box office at 413 458 0524. All sales are final. 
 
Seating capacity in the Clark's auditorium has been reduced for this season to accommodate greater social distancing. Tickets are limited to 100 guests and are selling quickly. Proof of COVID vaccination for all visitors age twelve and older is required. All guests age five and older are required to wear facemasks at all times while inside the Clark's facilities.
 
The next Met: Live in HD performance is Ariadne auf Naxos, airing Saturday, March 12 at 12:55pm.  

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Mount Greylock School Committee Advances Natural Grass Playing Field Plan

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee voted Thursday to order design work for a new natural grass multi-sport athletic field at the middle/high school.
 
For the first time in the long and complicated history of the natural vs. synthetic turf field debate in the district, the committee voted to move forward with a field plan that does not include an artificial turf surface.
 
Carolyn Greene, the chair of the School Committee's Finance Subcommittee, reported that the latter panel decided at its late December meeting to recommend a field project that puts a natural grass playing field at the center of a new, six-lane artificial track.
 
Greene said the district has gained more knowledge and expertise in the last couple of years about how to maintain its existing playing fields to maximize playability, and a move to create a new natural grass field might progress without the level of opposition from community members that has met previous plans for an artificial turf field. 
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