General admission for children 17 years and under is always free

Weekend Concert Series


Matthew Szymanski, artistic director

Sunday, September 8, 2019 1:30 - 3 pm
Calderwood Hall


Richard Wagner, Siegfried Idyll (1870)
Charles Ives, “The ‘St. Gaudens’ in Boston Common” (1929)
Claude Debussy, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (orch. Benno Sachs) (1891/1921)
Roberto Sierra, Turner (2002)
Julia Wolfe, The Vermeer Room (1989)
Jonathan Bailey Holland, world premiere Gardner Museum commission

"Music for the Eye"

Boston-based orchestra Phoenix returns to the Gardner to perform a suite of music inspired by images. "Music for the Eye" moves from Wagner’s piece—written as a musical valentine to his wife and son, and meant to conjure “birdsong and orange sunrise," according to his inscription—to Charles Ives’s work inspired by the sculpture adorning Beacon Street, “Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts Fifty-Fourth Regiment.” Phoenix then brings to life Julia Wolfe’s sonic visualization of Johannes Vermeer’s A Girl Asleep, and closes with a world premiere inspired by John Singer Sargent’s El Jaleo from Boston composer Jonathan Bailey Holland.

Photo at top by Steve Benoit.


Tickets are required and include Museum admission. Choose from two seating sections. See inside back cover for details.


Adults $36, seniors $33, members $24, students and children ages 7–17 $15 (children under 7 not admitted).


Adults $31, seniors $28, members $19, students and children ages 7–17 $15 (children under 7 not admitted).

How to buy tickets:

  • Online: Click the TICKETS button*
  • By phone: Call the box office at 617 278 5156, Wednesday–Monday, 10 am–4 pm; Thursday until 6 pm; CLOSED TUESDAY*
  • In person: Visit the Museum and purchase tickets at the door, Wednesday–Monday, 11 am–4:30 pm; CLOSED TUESDAY

For sold-out performances, standby tickets may be available in the lobby no earlier than one hour before the performance begins. We cannot guarantee availability of standby tickets for sold-out performances.

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  • Seating in Calderwood Hall is open within each seating level.
  • To request accessible or wheelchair seating, or large-type programs, please call the box office at 617 278 5156.
  • Seating begins 45 minutes before performance time. Once the performance begins, seating is not guaranteed.
  • Tickets purchased online or by phone within 14 days of the concert will be held at the admission desk.
  • For sold-out performances, standby tickets may be available in the lobby on the day of performance. We cannot guarantee availability of standby tickets.
  • No refunds or exchanges will be made.
  • Programs are subject to change.


The Museum thanks its generous concert donors: 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. The Museum is also supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.