Saint-Gaudens Summer Concert Series
b These annual concerts are generously sponsored by the Trustees of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial. with additional support of donors and partners. The performances carry on a tradition by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who often held concerts in his studio for family and friends.
Concert Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat is the history of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial Concert Series?
Each year the Saint-Gaudens Memorial sponsors a series of summer concerts at the site, an annual event since 1946. The performances carry on a tradition of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who often held concerts in his studio for family and friends. Many of the concerts feature use of the Little Studio’s historic piano, once owned by Cornish Colony painter Maxfield Parrish.
How do I get to the park?
The park is located at
139 Saint Gaudens Road
Cornish, New Hampshire, 03745
This is just off of NH route 12A, 12 miles south of West Lebanon, NH
See https://www.nps.gov/saga/planyourvisit/directions.htm for further details.
Where do I park?
Three parking areas are available during concerts. Visitors with different needs can choose a lot based on their circumstances. Below is a description of each of the lots, their features and accessibility information:
How much does it cost to attend the concert?
Upon arrival on a concert Sunday, visitors are asked to stop by the white welcome tent on the lawn west of Aspet and south of the Little Studio, in order to pay the entrance fee or show a pass.
Entrance fees for Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park are as follows:
What is the concert venue like? Do I need to bring a chair?
Most concerts take place in the Little Studio, or on the adjacent outdoor Pergola. There is a large expanse of lawn, as well as formal gardens, in front of the performance area. Evergreen hedge walls define the north edge of the concert area, and a handful of apple trees dot the grounds. Visitors are welcome to sit in any of the park’s public outdoor spaces during the concert.
Folding chairs are set up inside the Little Studio, as well as outside on the Pergola. These seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis, and may fill up well before the concert begins at 2pm.
Accessible Seating: A number of chairs are reserved for visitors with accessibility needs. These seats are located both inside the Little Studio (when concerts take place within the building) and outside on the Pergola. They are clearly labeled with the accessibility symbol. Though reserved for visitors with accessibility needs, the seats are first-come, first-served.
Concert-goers are also welcome to bring blankets or lawn chairs and set up on the park grounds. Shade is limited. Come early for the best choice of seating options, and be prepared for sun or rain in the less sheltered sections of the concert area.
When do the concerts start? When should I arrive?
The concert begins at 2pm with announcements from the National Park Service and the Saint-Gaudens Memorial, followed by the musical program. Most concerts have an intermission mid-way through the performance, and end around 4pm.
Many concert-goers arrive at the site several hours early to enjoy the gardens, sculptures, and historic buildings. Others come early to picnic on the grounds, or secure a seat close to the musicians.
What should I know about picnicking at the park?
The park does not offer any food or beverage services, but visitors are welcome to bring their own food and beverages to picnic on the park grounds - during concerts, and at other times as well. Consuming food is not permitted on the West Porch of Aspet, inside the Little Studio, or in any other gallery or historic building space, in order to protect these important cultural resources.
Drinking Water. Water is available to the public at the Visitor Center, where there is a drinking fountain/water bottle filling station. Additionally, there are water coolers stationed on the Pergola of the Little Studio. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own water and other drinks, as there are no pre-packaged beverages available for purchase on site.
Alcohol. Visitors may bring alcoholic beverages for personal consumption in alignment with state and federal laws. Underaged drinking or drunk and disorderly conduct will result in the park calling local law enforcement.
Pack-in/Pack-out. We encourage concert goers to practice pack-it-in/pack-it-out picnicking during concerts. Please plan to remove all trash and recycling and dispose of it in appropriate facilities off-site.
Where are the restrooms?
There are three public restroom locations at the site:
First-aid and Assistance:
The Cornish Rescue Emergency Medical Services team is present at most concerts. They are stationed at the West Porch of Aspet, are in communication with park staff, and will respond to any medical incidents that arise.
Can I bring my pet?
Pets, defined as dogs, cats, or any other animal that has been domesticated, are prohibited from entering any historic buildings, including the Little Studio. During concerts, they are not permitted in the seating area of the Pergola, for the safety of other visitors. Pets that cause disturbance during the performance (such as excessive barking) must be removed from the concert area. At all times, pets must be restrained by a fixed leash of no more than 6 ft, and under the control of their owners. Pet excrement must be picked up immediately, placed in a containment device, and disposed of properly in a trash can or removed from the site.
Service animals, defined as animals that have been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability, are exempted from the above access restrictions for pets, and may accompany the individual they are serving wherever they go on site.
Can I bring a camera? What is the photography policy?
Unless stated otherwise during pre-concert announcements (due to artist restrictions), still photography is permitted during concert performances. Filming or audio-recording of concerts is prohibited.
For the safety and concentration of performers, and for the experience of other visitors, no flash photography is permitted and only silent-shutter camera systems should be used. For some concerts, barriers may be set up in the Little Studio or on the Pergola in order to establish a performance space. Musicians, technical staff, and uniformed NPS representatives only are permitted beyond these barriers. We ask that visitors do not cross the barriers at any time, and that visitors seated in the Little Studio and on the Pergola minimize the frequency with which they stand up and move around during the concert.
What happens in a weather event?
The Memorial is committed to honoring its performance calendar. Within safety parameters, performances will take place in all weather, rain or shine. Concerts may be cancelled in a severe weather event either due to extreme heat or thunderstorms.
Extreme Heat. Concerts will typically proceed as planned on hot days. We ask concert-goers to consider their own comfort and safety when deciding whether to attend a concert when the temperature is high. There is limited shade in the concert area, and the only public building with air conditioning is the Visitor Center. Visitors who choose to come on hot days should be mindful of drinking water and maintaining a healthy electrolyte balance. Hats, loose and light clothing with ample skin coverage and/or application of sunscreen are recommended on all concert Sundays to protect against UV radiation from the sun. The park will cancel a concert if the forecast calls for a heat index over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Please call the park the morning of the concert to check on the cancellation status before starting your journey at 603.675.2175. Cancellation information will also be posted on the park’s Facebook feed.
Thunderstorms. “When thunder roars, go indoors.” If lightning with audible thunder is observed in the area of the concert, we advise visitors to seek shelter immediately. Visitors should proceed into the Little Studio, the Visitor Center, or return to their cars.
There are no refunds, exchanges, or rain checks given if the concert is cancelled mid-performance due to a weather event.
Information regarding accessible parking, restrooms, and seating is outlined above in each of the relevant sections for the benefit of all visitors. If you have any additional questions about accessibility at the park, please contact us at (603) 675-2175.
Last updated: June 21, 2021