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Posted by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

Massachusetts boasts musical experiences for all tastes — everything from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and a vibrant local jazz scene to a rich history rooted in rock and roll (a nod to Aerosmith!) — and in many cases, these musical performances can be found in intimate, visually-splendid locations.

At the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, nestled in Boston’s Fenway area, Sunday afternoons and select Thursday evenings in Calderwood Hall are filled with classical performances from renowned musicians and outstanding emerging artists in their Spring 2013 Concert Series.
Host to an intimate collection of fine and decorative art, the Gardner is truly an innovative gem for contemporary artists, musicians, and scholars. Music has been an integral part of the Gardner’s experience since opening in 1903;  today under the direction of Music Director Scott Nickrenz, you will find the likes of classical, jazz, and contemporary performances.
A world-class, 300-seat space, Calderwood Hall features three balcony levels around a unique central performance area with stage-level seating that makes for a can’t-miss, musical setting like no other.
The Gardner’s Spring 2013 Concert Series is split up into three parts: Sunday Concert Series, Jazz at the Gardner, and Avant Gardner; the latter two fall on select Thursday nights through the spring.

Here’s a look at a few upcoming performances that mark the perfect way to kick off the spring season:
Sunday Concert Series: classical music on Sunday afternoons.
March 24th at 1:30 PMCharlie Albright, piano: an award-winning, critically acclaimed pianist. Tickets: $12-$27, buy here.
March 31st 1:30 PMMusicians from Ravinia’s Steans Institute: talented, young musicians from around the world. Tickets: $12-$27, buy here.
Avant Gardner: the Museum’s showcase for cutting-edge, contemporary music.
March 21st at 7:00 PMComposer Portraits from Miller Theatre: a program featuring a variety of musical works by Sofia Gubaidulina performed by International Contemporary Ensemble. Tickets: $12-$27, buy here.
April 4th at 7:00 PMA Far Cry: the Gardner Museum’s resident chamber orchestra. Tickets: $12-$27, buy here.
Jazz at the Gardner: a late-night program full of music, art and conversation that’s designed to connect your professionals, artists, and students.
April 18th at 7:00 PMThe Ron Savage Berklee Trio: music includes a unique blend of Afro-Brazilian, jazz, gospel, and soul, all performed in the acoustic intimacy of the classic jazz piano trio. Tickets: $12-$27, buy here.
For more on the Gardner’s music series, and a complete listing of upcoming performances through May, head to You can also find the Gardner on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is located at 280 Fenway, Boston, MA 02115.
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Photos by Nic Lehoux, Renzo Piano Building Workshop