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Code Listen 3.0 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 25 Evans Way Boston, MA, 02115 United States (map)

On Dec. 15, local violinist and composer Shaw Pong Liu will engage diverse communities through multidisciplinary collaborations, creative music, and social dialogue around the topics of violence and loss at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Code Listen 3.0. Members of A Far Cry, the Gardner’s Orchestra-in-Residence, will appear as guest musicians for the performance.


In correlation with Homicide Survivor Awareness Month (Nov 20- Dec 20 2018), Code Listen 3.0 reflects on the intertwining stories of Boston Police, teens, and mothers who have lost their children to gun violence. For the project, Liu uses music to foster a citywide conversation by creating three public music-memorial-dialogue events in three Boston neighborhoods.


Join us in Calderwood Hall for the culminating event: a public-facing, free performance and dialogue featuring local community organizations, including Legacy Lives On, the Boston Police Department, and family members surviving homicide, as well as guest musicians Jason Palmer, jazz trumpet; Ashe Gordon, viola; and musicians from the Gardner's Orchestra-in-Residence, A Far Cry.

The event will include an original music composition by Liu; live music performance by a collaborative ensemble of homicide survivors, Boston police, youth, and professional musicians; a visual public memorial of up to 150 large-scale memorial posters for homicide victims; and community dialogue about violence, racism, and police practices.


Year-round, the Gardner partners with culture makers, neighborhood organizations, and local arts leaders to offer fun and interactive activities for individuals and families, and to foster dialogue highlighting social issues of our time.


Code Listen 3.0 will take place at 3 p.m. in the Museum’s Calderwood Hall. Admission is free; however, space is limited. Check in at the Admission Desk upon arrival. For more information,


Code Listen 3.0 is made possible with funding from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, New England Foundation for the Arts' Creative City grant, the Celebrity Series of Boston, and support of local organizations Legacy Lives On, Mattapan Teen Center, the Boston Police Department, and family members surviving homicide.

Education and community programs are made possible thanks in part to support from the Barr Foundation, Josephine and Louise Crane Foundation, Mary Elizabeth and Adam Kirsch, Lenoir Charitable Trust, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Janet Burke Mann Foundation, New Balance Foundation, Rowland Foundation, the Succop Family Charitable Foundation, and the Yawkey Foundation. These programs are also supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.