Clark Art Airs Met Performance

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Metropolitan Opera's broadcast production of "The Hours" airs at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 12:55 pm in the third installment of the 2022–23 season of The Met: Live in HD. 
 
The award-winning series of live, high-definition cinema simulcasts features the full live performance along with backstage interviews and commentary. The Clark broadcasts the opera in its auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.
 
According to a press release: Soprano Renée Fleming makes her return to the Met in the world-premiere production of Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Kevin Puts's "The Hours," adapted from Michael Cunningham's acclaimed novel. Inspired by Virginia Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway"—and made a household name by the Oscar-winning 2002 film version starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman—the powerful story follows three women from different eras who each grapple with their inner demons and their roles in society. The production features soprano Kelli O'Hara and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato joining Fleming as the opera's trio of heroines. Phelim McDermott directs this compelling drama; Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.
 
In conjunction with the broadcast, the Clark's Manton Study Center for Works on Paper hosts a special pop-up exhibition themed to the broadcast. The exhibition includes a sampling of images inspired by Virginia Woolf's books that evoke the pleasures of reading. The pop-up exhibition is free with gallery admission or The Met: Live in HD ticket purchase; it will be on view from 11 am to 1 pm on December 10.
 
Tickets are $25 ($22 for members, $18 for students with valid ID, and $7 for children 10 and under). To purchase tickets, visit clarkart.edu/events or call the box office at 413 458 0524. Advance reservations are strongly suggested. No refunds.
 

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Clark Art Screens Experimental Animation Short Films

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Feb. 2 at 7 pm, the Clark Art Institute screens a selection of short films covering experimental animation from the 1960s and '70s in its auditorium. 
 
The showing is the third event in the Clark's Film and Drawing series, inspired by the exhibition, "Promenades on Paper: Eighteenth-Century Drawings from the Bibliothèque nationale de France," on view through March 12.
 
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