Weekend Concert Series

A Far Cry

with Nicole Mitchell, contralto

Saturday, March 16, 3 pm
Calderwood Hall


John Adams, Shaker Loops (1978)
Julia Perry, Stabat Mater (1951)
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Sinfonietta No. 1 (1955)
Jessie Montgomery, Starburst (2012)

The Gardner Museum's beloved Ensemble-in-Residence returns for this program of four American masterpieces, spanning six decades. After studying at Tanglewood and in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, composer Julia Perry developed into an important mid-century modern composer, although one too-little known during her own time and ours. A Far Cry will champion her moving Stabat Mater, along with John Adams's giddy and hypnotizing Shaker Loops. Named after the great Afro-British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson was a formidable musician, conductor, and composer who collaborated with artists as diverse as Max Roach, Marvin Gaye, Jerome Robbins, and Melvin van Peebles.

Additional Performance, Sunday, March 17, 1:30 pm

Nicole Mitchell, contralto. Photo by Kevin King.
Nicole Mitchell, contralto. Photo by Kevin King.

Nicole Joy Mitchell (contralto) is a proud native of Brooklyn, New York. She performs regularly in the New York area with American Opera Projects (AOP), which promotes the works of new composers. Nicole has performed at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, Lincoln Center Festival, New York City Opera, Sarasota Opera, and overseas at the Semperoper in Dresden, Teatro di San Carlo, Landestheater in Austria, and the Festival de Wiltz. In 2017, Nicole made her debut with Portland Opera in a double-bill of David Lang operas The Difficulty of Crossing a Field (her voice is on the recording released in 2015), and the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera The Little Match Girl Passion. In May, Ms. Mitchell will appear as the Empress in the world premiere of the opera The Nightingale and The Tower (music by Jason Treuting and Beth Myers, libretto by Rebecca Comerford) with Ojai Youth Opera, where she has shared her love of opera and art songs with Ojai Youth Opera Workshop students for the past several summers. 


Tickets are required and include Museum admission.


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


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

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The Weekend Concert Series is generously sponsored in part by Hemenway & Barnes LLP. Music at the Gardner is supported by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. The Museum thanks its generous concert donors: Fitzpatrick Family Concert; Diane Gipson; James Lawrence Memorial Concert; Charles Rendeiro; Alford P. Rudnick Memorial Concert; Marie Louise and David Scudder Concert; Wendy Shattuck Young Artist Concert; 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.