Weekend Concert Series

Castle of Our Skins: Celebrating Ten Years

Sunday, October 23, 1:30 pm
Calderwood Hall


Derrick Skye Crossing (2016)
Yaz Lancaster Articulated Objects (2021)
Bongani Ndodana-Breen Somnyama (World Premiere)
Renée C. Baker Black Woman Tears (World Premiere)


The Gardner Museum is thrilled to celebrate ten years of the intrepid work–and glorious music–of Boston’s Castle of Our Skins. To celebrate this milestone, the ensemble will perform two world premieres on a program of works that touch on global identities, histories, stories, and subjects that are both personal and universal.

This concert features a world premiere of “Somnyama” by Bongani Ndodana-Breen, commissioned by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in response to the 2022 exhibition Being Muholi: Portraits as Resistance, and the world premiere of “Black Woman Tears” by Renée C. Baker, commissioned by Castle of Our Skins.

Ashleigh Gordon is the Artistic and Executive Director of Castle of Our Skins and Anthony R. Green is the Associate Artistic Director.



While the City of Boston’s vaccination and mask mandates are lifted for general museum visits, the Gardner maintains its proof of vaccination and mask requirements for free and ticketed events in Calderwood Hall. Policies are subject to change. Please visit the Know Before You Go web page for additional information, including accepted forms of documentation. Please contact the Box Office at 617 278 5156 for further assistance.

Ticket Information

Tickets are required and include Museum admission. Seating in Calderwood Hall is open within each seating level. Seating opens 45 minutes before the concert begins.


Adults $45, seniors $40, members $35, students & children ages 7-17 $20 (children under 7 not admitted).


Adults $40, seniors $35, members $30,students & children ages 7-17 $20 (children under 7 not admitted).

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Hemenway & Barnes LLP is the lead corporate sponsor of the Weekend Concert Series. The Museum thanks its generous concert donors: The Coogan Concert in memory of Peter Weston Coogan; Fitzpatrick Family Concert; James Lawrence Memorial Concert; Alford P. Rudnick Memorial Concert; David Scudder in memory of his wife, Marie Louise Scudder; Wendy Shattuck Young Artist Concert; and Willona Sinclair Memorial Concert. 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. Music at the Gardner is also supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which is supported by the state of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.