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Picturing Women


Thursday, November 30, 2017 7 pm
Calderwood Hall

Join us for a cabaret-style performance in celebration of Henry James and American Painting. The performance will draw from Henry James's novels, stories, and correspondence with Isabella Stewart Gardner, pairing excerpts from James's writing with songs by Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Dolly Parton, Benjamin Britten, Lili Boulanger, Kurt Weill, Rufus Wainwright, and others, that will bring his female characters and friends to life.

Featured Performers

Casey Erin Clark - Casey Erin Clark is an actor, speech coach, singing teacher, writer, and entrepreneur who makes her home and career in New York. Notable performing credits include, but are not limited to, the national tour of “Les Miserables” (Factory Girl, understudy Fantine) and the 2013 Oscars performance with the film cast; “Frankenstein” (Agatha); and “Shout!” - the mod musical (Red Girl).  In addition to her performing career, Casey has been teaching vocal production, public speaking, accent modification, and singing to clients of all ages for the last 10 years. Her singing clients perform on Broadway, in national tours, and regional theaters around the country.

Nicholas Phan - Named one of NPR’s “Favorite New Artists of 2011,” American tenor Nicholas Phan is increasingly recognized as an artist of distinction. Praised for his keen intelligence, captivating stage presence, and natural musicianship, he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies. Also an avid recitalist, in 2010 he co-founded the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago (CAIC) to promote art song and vocal chamber music. Mr. Phan's many opera credits include appearances with the Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Chicago Opera Theater, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera, Glyndebourne Opera, Maggio Musicale in Florence, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and Frankfurt Opera. Phan has appeared with many of the leading orchestras in the North America and Europe, including the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and others. 

Joseph Thalken - Joseph Thalken is an award-winning composer whose theater and concert works have been performed internationally. His musicals include “Harold and Maude,” book/lyrics by Tom Jones; “Was,” book/lyrics by Barry Kleinbort; “And the Curtain Rises,” book by Michael Slade, lyrics by Mark Campbell; and “Borrowed Dust,” book/lyrics by Martin Moran. As a pianist, conductor, and arranger, he has performed with Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Polly Bergen, and many others. 

Phyllis Thompson - Phyllis Thompson is a cultural historian who works on 19th- and 20th-century American topics. Her book project, “Domestic Pleasures: Dreams of Hope and Fulfillment in American Home Life,” traces the intellectual history of the idea of pleasure in private life. It focuses on representations of gendered pleasure as they circulated in literary, prescriptive, and popular texts and images during a pair of Gilded Ages a century apart. She is the Assistant Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies and Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning at Stonehill College and Lecturer in Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University.


Tickets are required and include Museum admission.


Adults $40, seniors $37, members $28, students & children 7–17 $15 (children under 7 not admitted.


Adults $35, seniors $32, members $23, students & children 7–17 $15 (children under 7 not admitted).

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  • By calling the box office at 617 278 5156, Wednesday-Monday, 10 am-4 pm*
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The lead sponsors of the Henry James and American Painting exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are Maureen and Michael Ruettgers.

This exhibition and related programs are also made possible thanks in part to support from the Barr Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives funding from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Henry James and American Painting is organized by the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, and made possible with a lead gift from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation and major funding from the Henry Luce Foundation.