Here are the latest Back Bay - Midtown neighborhood notes:

Classical concert

The Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., will present the Freisinger Chamber Orchestra in its annual fall concert from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16.

This special 10th anniversary performance includes works by Ravel, Bach, Mozart and a world premiere by Michele Caniato played by the talented young orchestra. Renese King.

King is a stellar Gospel singer who is a frequent soloist with the Boston Pops who will sing spirituals including “Down By the Riverside” and “He's Got the Whole World in His Hands” with Peter Freisinger at the piano.

Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for students.

Visit or call 617-536-1970 for more details and to purchase tickets.

Irish ancestors

An all-day workshop “Researching the Lives of Your Irish Ancestors” will meet from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St.

Fiona Fitzsimmons of the Irish Family History Centre will lead a seminar on researching Irish ancestors; looking at Irish church records, newspapers, proclamations and other printed materials; school and career records; and how to interpret the concealed evidence in Griffin’s Valuation. She will provide new tips on well-known sources and information on lesser known research and records.

To view a full agenda and register, visit

Call 617-536-5740 or visit for more information.

Colonial medicine

The Partnership of the Historic Bostons will present “Integrative Healing: Religion and Medicine,” a free program as part of the annual Boston Charter Day celebrations, from 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Sept. 17 at the First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St.

The Reverend Stephen Kendrick will reflect on the essential role of the early churches for survival in 1630s colonial Boston. In making strong demands on human nature, the colonists established a society where the will of God would be observed in every detail. Puritan ministers, men of liberal education, were conscientious in healing the body as well as in saving the soul.

For more information and a schedule of further programming during the Charter Day celebrations, visit

Tiny houses exhibit

A new exhibition, “Wonder Women: Anne Plaisance and Tradition House,” will be displayed from Sept. 19 to Oct. 23 at the French Cultural Center of Boston, 53 Marlborough St.

In this exhibition, tiny houses by the residents of Transition House as well as paintings by the artist Anne Plaisance aim to spark dialogue and develop strategies to address homelessness and violence against women.

A panel discussion with Plaisance, Risa Mednick, director of the Transition House, moderated by Doris Sommer, professor at Harvard University, will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19. The opening reception will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Tiny Houses made by the residents of Transition House will be for sale in the gallery.

The exhibit and reception are free, but reservations are recommended.

Visit or call 617-912-0400 for more information and to RSVP.

Tiffany treasures

The Ayer Mansion, 395 Commonwealth Ave., will welcome guest speaker Lindsy R. Parrott discussing “The Mosaics of Louis C. Tiffany” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

Parrott is the director and curator of the Neustadt collection of Tiffany Glass in New York.

The mansion showcases the striking interior and exterior embellishments designed and created by Tiffany.

Tickets are $35 or $5 for students. A wine and cheese reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. with the talk at 7 p.m.

To make a reservation, send an email to or call 617-536-2586.

Revolutionary families

The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., will welcome Nina Sankovitch in a free brown bag lunch talk, “Exploring Conflict, Collaboration and Conciliation in Colonial Families Before the American Revolution” at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

The Quincy, Adams and Hancock families represent three different social classes all living in the small village of Braintree before the American Revolution. This talk considers how the men and women of the families interacted, especially in their attitudes towards England in the late colonial era, and the different roles the families played in fomenting agitation against English rule.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-646-0560.

Period instrument orchestra

The period instrument orchestra Les Bostonades will perform in concert at the Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22.

The first concert of Les Bostonades’ 2017–2018 season is “Flautissimo,” featuring sonatas for the recorder and the traverse flute, by several masters of the same generation; Georg Philipp Telemann, Michel Blavet and Joseph Bodin de Boismortier.

Also on the program are a cello sonata and two cantatas for soprano, flute and recorder and continuo by Handel and Vivaldi. Special guest musicians will include Héloïse Degrugillier, flute and recorder; Akiko Sato, harpsichord; Sarah Moyer, soprano; and Guy Fishman, cello.

General admission is $25, seniors $20 and students $10.

For more information, visit or call 617-536-1970.

Museum Day

The Gibson House Museum, 137 Beacon St., will participate in the annual Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Tours will be held at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The museum will offer free admission for one person plus a guest.

The house designed by noted 19th century Boston architect Edward Clarke Cabot is the most authentic single-family brownstone in the Back Bay. Home to three generations of one family between 1860 and 1954, the museum welcomes visitors from around the globe who are attracted by the house’s social history, architectural significance and stellar collection of 19th and early 20th century decorative arts.

Go to to download a ticket for free admission to the museum and a 10 percent discount in the museum store.

Introduction to genealogy

The New England Historical Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., will host a new visitor tour at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Attendees will learn about the resources available at the research facility as they tour the building and meet the expert staff. The NEHGS is the largest and oldest genealogy library and archive in the country, with more than 15 million artifacts, records, books, manuscripts, photographs and more. Attendees are welcome to use any of the resources after the tour. Registration is not required.

Visit or call 617-536-5740 for more information.

Art exhibit

The Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury St., is hosting the annual Regional Juried Exhibition now through Sept. 30 in the President’s Gallery.

Over thirty landscapes, portraits and still life paintings will be on display.

Award winners will discuss their works at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16.

Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-536-7660 for more details.

Art exhibition

The New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University is displaying “We Dream - Beauty Beyond and Beneath” now through Oct. 27 at the gallery at 75 Arlington St.

This exhibit brings together artists from many disciplines who all share the idea of beauty, sometimes terrifying; or in the face of the grotesque; dreamlike; and looking beyond or beneath what is visible. The works range from paintings to photographs to sculptural objects. Part of the exhibition includes an interactive camera obscura space.

Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The gallery is free and open to the public.

Call 617-573-8785 or send an email to for more information.

Americans in WWI

The New England Historical Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., is displaying the exhibit “Voices of War: Americans in World War I, 1917-1918” now until Oct. 31.

Using letters, diaries, photographs, ephemera and other special items from the collections of the NEHGS, Jewish Heritage Center and Historic Newton,

Visit or call 617-536-5740 for more information.

Collections tour

The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., will host tours of the collections of the society at 10 a.m. on Saturdays during September.

Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the 90-minute tour focuses on the history and collections of the MHS.

The tour is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required for individuals or small groups. Parties of eight or more should contact the MHS.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-646-0560.

Victorian Back Bay

Boston by Foot is offering 90-minute guided, walking tours of the Back Bay at 2 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. on Sundays, now to October. Walkers will meet the guide on the steps of Trinity Church at Copley Square.

Visitors will discover how the Back Bay, once a body of water, was filled in and how the neighborhood was developed in the mid-19th century to become one of the nation’s richest collections of art and architecture. The treasures of the Back Bay tour include Trinity Church, the Boston Public Library, Old South Church and the grand Back Bay townhouses.

Tickets are $13 adults, $8 children, ages 6 to 12, and free for members if purchased in advance or an additional $2 if purchased from the guide.

For more information, visit or call 617-237-2345.

Library tours

Boston Public Library volunteers will give art and architecture tours of the McKim Building, a National Historic Landmark, in its main building, constructed in 1895, throughout the week.

Highlights include the murals of John Singer Sargent, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes and Edwin Austin Abbey and the work of architect Charles Follen McKim.

Self-guided tours are available as well, and literature describing the architectural highlights is available on the web at

For tours by appointment, call 617-536-5400.