Music at the Museum


Music at the Museum • Salon Series

For a list of all programs related to Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein, including those that do not take place at the Zimmerli, please click here.

Music at the Museum 

Join us for the fifth year of Music at the Museum, a monthly weekend concert series featuring classical and jazz musicians from the faculty of Rutgers Community Arts (formerly Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division). The concerts take place at the Zimmerli and allow visitors to enjoy art and music side-by-side. Each concert is preceded by a brief talk related to the performance theme and, at the conclusion, guests are invited to take a tour of museum highlights. The Music at the Museum series is organized to present a broad repertoire accessible to audiences of all ages. 

Music at the Museum performances are FREE to the general public, but seating is limited.

Women Artists on the Leading Edge
Sunday, December 8 / 1:30 to 3:30pm
(Discussion: 1:30pm; Concert: 2pm; Tour: 3pm)

Composer John Cage’s radical approach to music in New York inspired the development of Douglass College as a center for avant-garde expression across the art disciplines. Explore how John Cage redefined what music can be, as well as works by women composers, in the era of the Douglass alumnae featured in the exhibition Women Artists on the Leading Edge: Celebrating Douglass College at 100. Program includes solo works on piano and flute, performed by Rutgers Community Arts faculty.

PLEASE NOTE PARKING GUIDELINES FOR VISITORS IN DESIGNATED UNIVERSITY LOTS: If you plan to park in university lots to attend Music at the Museum, please register your license plate to avoid a possible citation. Special event parking in designated lots is for visitors only and does NOT include free metered parking. Faculty, Staff, and Students must park only in lots for which they are authorized.

(Save the Dates 2020: Music inspired by the following exhibitions)

James Tissot
Sunday, February 9, 2020 / 1:30 to 3:30pm

(Discussion: 1:30pm; Concert: 2pm; Tour: 3pm)

Sample the soundtrack that filled the cafes, salons, and concert halls of Paris during the second half of the 19th century, during the era of French society painter James Tissot.

Everyday Soviet
Sunday, March 15, 2020 / 1:30 to 3:30pm

(Discussion: 1:30pm; Concert: 2pm; Tour: 3pm)

Dmitri Shostakovich became the quintessential musical figure of the Soviet Era. His music walked the tightrope of appealing to the ruling party, while expressing his personal experience living daily life in Soviet Russia.

Salon Series

Classical music performances are presented by New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra periodically throughout the year. This free salon series includes complimentary wine and cheese, conversation, and insightful comments by NBCO’s Artistic Director.

Saturday, November 16 / 2pm

Join New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra (NBCO) musicians for a program of string quartets inspired by ancient legends. The program includes “Lethe” by leading opera composer Thomas Adès, Stacey Garrop’s “Athena Triumphant” and Laurie Schwendinger’s “Creatures”. A highlight is the premiere of a work by composer Molly Herron commissioned especially for this event by the New Jersey Composer’s Guild. The NBCO’s concertmaster, Ruotao Mao of Princeton, leads the quartet. 

As these Salons are very popular, reservations are essential and through the orchestra’s website: Walk-up attendees may be turned away at the door if all seats are full.