Weekend Concert Series

Stewart Goodyear, piano

Sunday, March 6, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Calderwood Hall


J. S. Bach, “French” Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816 (1723)
Joseph Boulogne, Adagio in F Minor (c. 1777)
Ludvig van Beethoven, Diabelli Variations, Op. 120 (1823)
Stewart Goodyear, Acabris! Acabras! Acabram! (2016). U.S. Premiere. 

In 1823, the publishing house of Cappi & Diabelli issued a volume of composers’ treatments of a simple waltz by none other than Anton Diabelli himself. This exercise in showmanship yielded an unlikely and astonishing motherlode of music, including perhaps the greatest of all variation sets, Beethoven’s fiendishly difficult Diabelli Variations. Gramophone called Stewart Goodyear’s interpretations of Beethoven “vital, stylishly insightful.” In addition to the Variations and Bach’s French Suite No. 5, the program features an Adagio by the legendary Joseph Boulogne—a composer of African ancestry who was the toast of 18th-century Paris—and Goodyear’s own “Acabris! Acabras! Acabram!,” a tone poem for piano inspired by a French-Canadian folktale.


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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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  • Seating begins 45 minutes before performance time. Once the performance begins, seating is not guaranteed.
  • No refunds or exchanges will be made.
  • Programs are subject to change.

Hemenway & Barnes LLP is the lead corporate sponsor of the Weekend Concert Series. The Museum thanks its generous concert donors: Peter Weston Coogan Memorial Concert; Fitzpatrick Family Concert; James Lawrence Memorial Concert; Alford P. Rudnick Memorial Concert; Marie Louise and David Scudder Concert; 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.