The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston's Musical Instrument Collection was founded in 1917—celebrate this centennial milestone in an evening of special drop-in musical performances all over the MFA!
The event is free with Museum admission.
Hear music throughout the galleries, from the fanfare played on 19th-century trumpets greeting visitors on the Grand Staircase to a strolling accordionist, all played on musical instruments from the collection. Nine performances take place in galleries relating to the instruments:
• Nancy Hurrell playing the portable Irish harp and English dital harp (about 1820) in the English Regency Gallery
• Peter H. Bloom and Olav Chris Henriksen playing French flutes and guitars (19th century) in the 19th-Century European Paintings Gallery
• Brian Clague, Jayme Kurland and Javier Caballero playing the New England violin, viola and cello (early 1800s) in The New Nation Gallery
• Mimi Rabson and Norman Zocher playing the electric violin (1936) and electric lap steel guitar (about 1950) in the American Modernism Gallery
• George Ruckert and Jerry Leake playing the Indian sarod (lute), tabla (drums) and tambura (drone) (about 1970) in the South Asia Gallery
• Kevin Zhen playing the Chinese pipa (lute) (1891) in the Chinese Furniture Gallery
• Malcolm Barsamian playing the Turkish oud (1899) in the Ancient Near East Gallery
• Beth Bahia Cohen and Vasileios Kostas playing the Greek lyra (fiddle) (1981) and laouto (lute) (2012) in the Ancient Greece Gallery
• Peter Sykes playing the French harpsichord (1736), English piano (1796) and German clavichord (1796) in the Musical Instruments Gallery
• Cory Pesaturo playing accordions (1930s–1970s) in the Sharf Visitor Center, Shapiro Family Courtyard and Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art
• Chris Belluscio, Paul Perfetti and Robin Pyle playing three English natural trumpets (mid-19th century) on the Grand Staircase