When art museums double as concert halls
Performances reflect lively mix of institutions’ aesthetics, legacies
As impressive as the Music Room was, in the end, Isabella Stewart Gardner simply needed more space to hang pictures. “Mrs. Jack” loved music - she cultivated musicians, and she was a fixture in her balcony seat at Boston Symphony concerts. And, after Jack Gardner’s death, constructing her Fenway Court palazzo, she included a clean, white-plastered, two-story Music Room. Music has graced galleries throughout history, of course, and especially since the musical avant-garde made common cause with similarly cutting-edge painters in bypassing traditional venues.