During the infamous art heist in 1990, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum lost Vermeer’s masterpiece The Concert, but rather than dwell on what’s missing, the museum chose to concentrate on what’s present with a party by the same name.
The Concert: A Summer Soirée featured cocktails in the new wing, followed by performances throughout the museum by musicians playing everything from the lute, harpsichord, banjo and steel guitar to the oud, shamisen and kora (look them up).
Among the revelers: soon-to-be newlyweds Stephen O’Connor and Jacquelyn-Kate Rosenfeld, the ridiculously handsome Andrew Mann, white-hot fashion plate Josh Trinh, outgoing Boston Conservatory head Richard Ortner, iconoclastic Brahmin Linda Cabot Black, the unsinkable Doris Yaffe, Janet “Princess Zhanay” Goff, percussionist Maria Finkelmeier and her photographer husband, Adam DeTour, Cambridge intellectual Rebecca Nemser and museum director Peggy Fogelman, who was as gracious a hostess as Mrs. Jack in her day.
It’s difficult to imagine a more idyllic evening, full of such delightful surprises as a group of people admiring a tapestry depicting fornicating rabbits, which prompted one of them to say, “Who knew the old saying was true?” However, the party’s best exchange came when a man complimented a woman on an alarmingly large gem she was wearing, to which she replied, “It’s not just a ring. It’s a lethal weapon.”
Photo Credit: Liza Voll