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NEC Musicians at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Music has been an integral part of the Gardner experience ever since the Museum opened in 1903 with a celebration that featured a performance by members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Isabella Stewart Gardner filled the Museum with artists of all kinds during her lifetime, including many notable musicians and composers who drew inspiration from the museum’s unique atmosphere. Today, the Gardner Museum honors this musical legacy by welcoming world-renowned musicians and exciting emerging artists to perform classical masterpieces, new music, and jazz. More on this.

As noted below, New England Conservatory musicians pepper the Gardner's calendar.

Upcoming performances

2017-09-10 A Far Cry: Violin Hero
Many of the founding members of A Far Cry are NEC alumni, and NEC's unconducted Chamber Orchestra was one of their sources of inspiration. A Far Cry presents subscription concerts each year at NEC's Jordan Hall.

2017-09-17 Charlie Albright
Pianist Charlie Albright, a 2012 graduate of the Harvard/NEC dual degree program, performs twice at the Gardner this season.

2017-09-24 Borromeo String Quartet
NEC's Quartet-in-Residence has a long association with the Gardner. This season, the Quartet brings their Mendelssohn Quartet Project to the museum.

2017-10-05 Daedalus Quartet with guests
This concert is part of the Gardner Museum's Thursday night "Stir" concert series. On this program of music by Fred Lerdahl, Boston Symphony Orchestra bassist Edwin Barker '76 supplements this quartet, whose founding first violinist, Min-Young Kim, took violin lessons at NEC while a student at Harvard.

2017-10-15 Charlie Albright
Pianist Charlie Albright, a 2012 graduate of the Harvard/NEC dual degree program, performs twice at the Gardner this season.

2017-10-22 A Far Cry: Music in Migration
Many of the founding members of A Far Cry are NEC alumni, and NEC's unconducted Chamber Orchestra was one of their sources of inspiration. A Far Cry presents subscription concerts each year at NEC's Jordan Hall. On this program pianist Heng-Jin Park '86, '89 M.M. is soloist in Elena Ruehr's Piano Concerto, commissioned by AFC.

2017-11-18 Boston Children's Chorus
Since its launch in 2003, New England Conservatory is lead artistic partner of the Boston Children’s Chorus, which presents an annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert in NEC's Jordan Hall.

2017-11-19 Musicians from Marlboro
Showcase ensemble from this summer festival includes oboist Mary Lynch '10 and pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute '07, who studied at NEC in the Professional Piano Trio Training Program as a member of Trio Cavatina.

2017-12-03 Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
On this program violist Roberto Díaz '82 supplements the Calidore String Quartet for a performance of Brahms's Quintet in G Major, Op. 111.

2017-12-07 A Far Cry: The AFC Challenge
This concert is part of the Gardner Museum's Thursday night "Stir" concert series. Many of the founding members of A Far Cry are NEC alumni, and NEC's unconducted Chamber Orchestra was one of their sources of inspiration. A Far Cry presents subscription concerts each year at NEC's Jordan Hall.

Past performances

2017-06-19 SICPP Music Performances
During NEC's Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP), there are activities at NEC all day long, evening concerts at NEC's Jordan Hall and other NEC halls, but there's also a mid-day break with these events at the Gardner.

2017-06-21 SICPP Music Performances
During NEC's Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP), there are activities at NEC all day long, evening concerts at NEC's Jordan Hall and other NEC halls, but there's also a mid-day break with these events at the Gardner.

2017-06-22 SICPP Music Performances
During NEC's Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP), there are activities at NEC all day long, evening concerts at NEC's Jordan Hall and other NEC halls, but there's also a mid-day break with these events at the Gardner.