Clark Art Concert By Zarabanda Variations

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Sunday, May 19 at 4 pm, the Clark Art Institute presents a performance by visionary classical group Zarabanda Variations and the American Modern Opera Company. 
The concert takes place in the Clark's auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.
According to a press release:
Led by violinist Keir GoGwilt, Zarabanda Variations is a group of composers, improvisers, and performers inspired by the musical histories of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century New Spain. The?zarabanda?is a dance with possibly Spanish, American, and Arab origins, which eventually transformed into a courtly European Baroque dance.?This performance?sounds the archival gaps of early American music, creating a vibrant synthesis of European and Latin Baroque, folk, and contemporary musical traditions.?
The American Modern Opera Company (AMOC*) is one of the most exciting and innovative new music collectives operating today. AMOC*, founded in 2017 by Matthew Aucoin and Zack Winokur, is a group of dancers, singers, musicians, writers, directors, composers, choreographers, and producers united by a core set of values. AMOC* artists pool their resources to create new pathways that connect creators and audiences in surprising and visceral ways.
The performance features Jonny Allen (percussion), Vicente Atria (composition), Miranda Cuckson (viola), Emi Ferguson (flute), Mariana Flores Bucio (singer), Keir GoGwilt (composition, violin, band leader), Alec Goldfarb (guitars), Kyle Motl (composition, bass), and Wilfrido Terrazas (composition, flutes).
Tickets $10 ($8 members, $7 students, $5 children 15 and under).?Accessible seats available. Advance registration encouraged. Register at

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Williamstown Volunteer of the Year Speaks for the Voiceless

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff

Andi Bryant was presented the annual Community Service Award. 
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Inclusion was a big topic at Thursday's annual town meeting — and not just because of arguments about the inclusivity of the Progress Pride flag.
The winner of this year's Scarborough-Salomon-Flynt Community Service Award had some thoughts about how exclusive the town has been and is.
"I want to talk about the financially downtrodden, the poor folk, the deprived, the indigent, the impoverished, the lower class," Andi Bryant said at the outset of the meeting. "I owe it to my mother to say something — a woman who taught me it was possible to make a meal out of almost nothing.
"I owe it to my dad to say something, a man who loved this town more than anyone I ever knew. A man who knew everyone, but almost no one knew what it was like for him. As he himself said, 'He didn't have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of.' "
Bryant was recognized by the Scarborough-Salomon-Flynt Committee as the organizer and manager of Remedy Hall, a new non-profit dedicated to providing daily necessities — everything from wheelchairs to plates to toothpaste — for those in need.
She started the non-profit in space at First Congregational Church where people can come and receive items, no questions asked, and learn about other services that are available in the community.
She told the town meeting members that people in difficult financial situations do, in fact, exist in Williamstown, despite the perceptions of many in and out of the town.
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