‘Clara’ world premiere opens at Ventfort Hall

In celebration of the Berkshires’ long and distinguished musical tradition, Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum in conjunction with Shakespeare & Company will open the world premiere of a one-woman show titled “Clara,” at 7 p.m. on Friday.

“Clara” details the dramatic life of Clara Wieck, a famous child prodigy of the concert stage who would become a legend throughout a 61-year career as Europe’s Queen of the Piano. Wieck became the wife of German composer Robert Schumann and was a close friend of Johannes Brahms.

Sarah Jeanette Taylor will appear in the title role. Mary Guzzy is playwright and director.

The play will continue until Sunday, Sept. 2, with performances on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 4 p.m., and Sundays at 10 p.m.

Opening night performance and reception tickets are $30 and, thereafter, all tickets are $25 with discounts available for groups of 10 or more. For information and to purchase reserved tickets, call Ventfort Hall at (413) 637-3206 or visit info@GildedAge.org.