Weekend Concert Series

Castle of Our Skins

with Seth Parker Woods, cello, and Kyle Marshall, choreography

Sunday, October 27, 2019
1:30 - 3 pm
Calderwood Hall


Alvin Singleton, Secret Desire to be Black, for string quartet (1988)
Florence Price, String Quartet in A Minor (1935) Boston Premiere
Julius Eastman, The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc (1981)
Coleridge Taylor Perkinson, “Fuguing Tune” and “Calvary Ostinato” (1973) from Lamentations: Black Folk Song Suite for solo cello 

For several thrilling seasons, Boston-based chamber ensemble Castle of Our Skins have been inventive champions of the music of Black American composers. This season, they bring an exciting program of music and performance to Calderwood Hall, including the Boston premiere of a string quartet by Florence Price—a 1906 graduate of New England Conservatory—and new choreography to Julius Eastman’s energetic work for ten cellos.

Friends of Fenway Court Patrons at the Curators' Circle level and above are invited to receive complimentary tickets and join us for a private reception after the concert.


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.

*Handling charges apply to these orders.


  • 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.