Music has been an integral part of the Gardner experience ever since the Museum opened in 1903 with a celebration that featured a performance by members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Fall 2016 Concert Season

The Gardner's concert season returns with our Sunday Concert Series and RISE, and Stir. See what’s coming this season by downloading the Winter/Spring 2017 Music at the Gardner PDF.

Music at the Gardner

Isabella Stewart Gardner filled the Museum with artists of all kinds during her lifetime, including many notable musicians and composers who drew inspiration from the museum’s unique atmosphere.

Today, the Gardner Museum honors this musical legacy by welcoming world-renowned musicians and exciting emerging artists to perform classical masterpieces, new music, and jazz on Sunday afternoons and select Thursday evenings. The Museum’s rich musical program is also available to listeners across the globe through concert videos, audio recordings, and a free classical music podcast.

Calderwood Hall’s inaugural season kicked off in January 2012 and included performances by resident chamber orchestra A Far Cry, the Claremont Trio, New York Festival of Song, the Callithumpian Consort, and jazz students from Berklee College of Music.

The Sunday Concert Series is sponsored in part by Hemenway & Barnes LLP. The museum thanks its generous concert donors: Fitzpatrick Family Concert; James Lawrence Memorial Concert; Alford P. Rudnick Memorial Concert; Marie Louise & David Scudder Concert; Wendy Shattuck Young Artist Concert; Willona Sinclair Memorial Concert. The Artist-in-Residence Program is directed by the Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art, and is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Barbara Lee Program Fund. The lead sponsors of RISE are the Abrams Foundation and Fidelity Investments. The series is also generously supported by Valentine Talland and Nagesh Mahanthappa. The 2016 Charlie Albright concert series is generously supported by Richard and Lucy Lim and an anonymous donor. The piano is dedicated as the Alex d’Arbeloff Steinway. The harpsichord was generously donated by Dr. Robert Barstow in memory of Marion Huse and its care is endowed in memory of Dr. Barstow by The Barstow Fund. The museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Boston Cultural Council a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture. Media sponsorship for RISE music series is provided by the Improper Bostonian.


Be inspired by music at the Gardner this season

Download the Winter/Spring 2017 Brochure (PDF)


Scott Nickrenz

Abrams Curator of Music

Alicia Mielke

Music Coordinator
617 278 5150