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A Hidden Gem: The Gardner Museum Podcast Series

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Isabella Stewart Gardner

Isabella Stewart Gardner, 1894, by Anders Zorn.

I found a fantastic podcast series to share with you!

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum presents a regular free podcast of live performances at the museum (on the 1st and 15th of every month).  There is an extensive archive of these performances for streaming or downloading.  While the website presents mainly audio podcasts, there are some live video performances available (Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, and works by Kirchner, Bartok and Stravinsky among others).

The podcasts are listed by number in the series, and this is a good place to be amazed by the artists and works represented, and also to read explanatory material about each podcast.  There is also a fully indexed Music Library which can be searched by artist, composer, genre, or period.

You can subscribe to the series via iTunes or receive updates via RSS reader.  You may also download from the site itself.  Sharing is encouraged, as long as you credit the museum.

If you are an iTunes user, and you pull up the Gardner Museum’s podcast in the iTunes Store, you will see a dangerous piece of landscape just below the podcast listing:  “Listeners also subscribed to”.  Oh dear…not enough hours in the day.  Do remember to eat, sleep, and do your work, please.

I was even happier to have found this website when I read this description of the founder Isabella Stewart Gardner:

The local press was both fascinated and scandalized by her. Isabella Gardner did not conform to the traditional restraining code of conduct expected of Boston matrons in the Victorian era, but lived an engaging, exuberant life including much travel, entertaining, and adventure. She also had a sense of humor, however. Commenting on the numerous rumors and speculations about her escapades, many untrue, she is quoted as saying, “Don’t spoil a good story by telling the truth.”

May it be said of all of us that we lived “an engaging, exuberant life”!


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