Gardner Museum’s new hall an eyeful and an earful
From different vantage points, varied acoustics
Over the weekend, a few days before the official public opening of its new wing, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum presented a set of performances in its brand new Calderwood Hall. Intended as a chance to thank its donors and supporters, the concerts also offered a sneak preview of the new 300-seat concert venue. My first impressions were that the visuals are stunning, and that the acoustics are a bit complicated. But let’s start at the beginning.