Weekend Concert Series

John Zorn 70th Birthday Celebration

Stephen Gosling, Piano

Sunday, November 19, 2023
1:30 pm


John Zorn - 18 Studies from the Later Sketchbooks of J.M.W. Turner (1841-1845)


As a composer, Zorn has drawn inspiration from a dizzying number of sources that bespeak a restless and voracious intellect, but one of his richest ongoing sources of inspiration has been visual art. From an early age, Zorn has made a practice of spending many hours in museums, absorbing the work of artists he loves. Recently, he has increasingly made performing in museums a central part of his own artistic practice. We are thrilled to present this set of fiendishly virtuosic works inspired by the late sketchbooks of Turner. Isabella Stewart Gardner collected an early Turner watercolor, and displayed it in the Yellow Room in the company of things musical.

This concert runs approximately one hour with no intermission.

Stephen Gosling, Piano, Photographer: Daniel D’Ottavio.


August 16 - 22, 2023

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