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Music & Landscape

Sunday, April 30, 2023 1:30 pm

This concert has sold out, but tickets to other Weekend Concert Series performances are still available.



Jean-Baptiste Lully “Qu’il est doux d’accorder” from Alceste (1674)
Christoph Willibald Gluck “Che puro ciel!” from Orfeo ed Euridice (1764)
Anthony Philip Heinrich The Log House: A Sylvan Bravura (1826)
Franz Liszt Au bord d’une source (1855)
Camille Saint-Saens Aquarium, from Carnival of the Animals (1886)
Marion Bauer White Birches, from From the New Hampshire Woods (1922)
Anton Webern Quartet, Op. 22 (1932)
Charles Martin Loeffler Les soirs d’automne (1899)
Claude Debussy Jardins sous la pluie, from Estampes (1903)
Charles Ives Central Park After Dark (1906)
Igor Stravinsky Dumbarton Oaks Concerto (1938)
Tania León Indígena (1991)
Caroline Shaw "The Orangerie" from Plan & Elevation: The Grounds of Dumbarton Oaks (2015)

Join us for an exceptional concert that explores the relationship among landscape, landscape architecture, and music, a program born of an unprecedented creative collaboration between George Steel, Abrams Curator of Music, and Charles Waldheim, Ruettgers Curator of Landscape and professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Hear the prologue to Alceste, performed for Louis XIV in the gardens of Versailles. Beatrix Farrand’s plans for the gardens of a historic estate inspired Shaw’s piece, and Ives’s work captures the sounds of New York’s Central Park. This program is inspired by our founder’s long engagement with the natural world and love of the art of landscape and horticulture, and is performed by the Isabella Ensemble, the Olmsted Quartet, and special guests with conductor Julius Williams.

Image: Monk’s Garden, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.



The Gardner maintains its mask requirement for free and ticketed events in Calderwood Hall. Masks must be worn over the mouth and nose while in Calderwood Hall. Please contact the Box Office at 617 278 5156 for further information. 

Ticket Information

Tickets are required and include Museum admission. Seating in Calderwood Hall is open within each seating level. Seating opens 45 minutes before the concert begins.


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)

To request accessible or wheelchair seating, please call the Box Office at 617 278 5156.


  • 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

Advance tickets are strongly recommended as many concerts do sell out. For sold-out performances, standby tickets may be available in the lobby no earlier than one hour before the performance begins. We cannot guarantee the availability of standby tickets.

No refunds or exchanges will be made. Programs are subject to change.

Music at the Gardner is supported by Nora McNeely Hurley / Manitou Fund. 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.