Here are the latest Fenway neighborhood notes:

Student art sale

The Massachusetts College of Art and Design will host its 34th annual holiday sale daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Tower Building lobby, 621 Huntington Ave.

The sale features fine art and contemporary crafts from more than 150 MassArt alumni and students. There will be selections of ceramics, hand-blown glass, paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, fibers and jewelry. Proceeds will go to the artists and to support student scholarships.

Visit or call 617-879-7710 for more information.


Boston Baroque will perform Handel’s masterpiece “Messiah” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.

This annual tradition will feature soprano Ava Pine, Irish mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy in her Boston Baroque debut, tenor Aaron Sheehan and baritone Stephen Powell.

A pre-concert introduction will be held at 7 p.m.

For more details, visit or call 617-4848-9200.

Family concert

The New England Philharmonic Orchestra will present “The Usual Orchestral Suspects,” its annual family concert, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10 at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave.

The highlight of the evening will be a performance of “Lemony Snicket: The Composer is Dead,” a perplexing murder mystery, where everyone seems to have a motive, everyone has an alibi and nearly everyone is a musical instrument. Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis will be the narrator

The orchestra will also perform works by John Adams and Aaron Copland, with the Cambridge Children’s

Chorus. Guest violinist Keila Wakao will perform Pablo de Sarasate’s “Gypsy Airs.”

There will be an instrument petting zoo following the performance.

General admission is $40 with discounts for seniors and students. Children 8 and under are admitted free.

Further information can be found at or by calling 855-463-7445.

Holiday concert

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will present the annual holiday concert “Believe” at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10 and 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15, 16 and 17 at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.

The chorus will present a “kid-sized show” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10.

The BGMC will celebrate the tradition, magic and fun of holiday nights with carols including “Ave Maria,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and “Oh Holy Night” as well as modern classics such as “Spirit of the Season,” “Believe” and “North Pole Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

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Music of Bach

The Handel and Hayden Society will perform in concert at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway.

The period instrument orchestra will perform Bach’s “Brandenburg Concertos.”

Tickets are $31 for adults, $28 for seniors, $19 for members and $12 for students and children, ages 7 to 17. The cost includes general admission to the museum’s galleries and the special exhibition gallery.

For more details and to purchase tickets, visit or call 617-566-1401.

Festival of lights

The fifth annual “Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights” celebration will be held from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.

There will be a community candle lighting at 6:15 p.m. led by Rabbi Jillian Cameron and Laura Cameron Mandel. Yehuda Yaakov, Consul General of Israel to New England, will illuminate the artist-made menorah, marking the second night of Hanukkah.

Visitors can enjoy an evening of art and activities, including gallery tours to learn about the museum’s collection of Judaica, sketching in the galleries, music and storytelling, music with acoustic duo Book of J and Ilene Stahl and Klezperanto and more.

The evening is free with museum admission.

Visit call 617-267-9300 for further details.

Symphonic winds

Berklee College of Music will host Berklee Symphonic Winds’ annual fall concert at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave.

The concert will feature the Boston premiere of a new work for wind ensemble by assistant professor Omar Thomas. Admission is free.

For further information, call 617-474-2261 or visit

String quartet to perform

The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., will welcome the Videri String Quartet in concert from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14.

The Videri String Quartet is a revolutionary ensemble dedicated to performing the music of video games. A pioneer in both the video game and classical music communities, Videri is committed to reinventing the string quartet experience for the modern listener. For the program at the MFA, they will be playing music from the video games Mario, Bioshock Infinite, Battlefront, Ori and the Blind Forrest, and Halo Wars 2, along with Alexander Borodin’s “Second String Quartet.”

Admission is free with museum admission.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-267-9300.

Dance program

The Cambridge Youth Dance Program Dance Company will present “What the Dickens!” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 to 17 at the Boston University Dance Theater, 915 Commonwealth Ave.

This urban contemporary dance twist on the classic holiday tale “A Christmas Carol” interweaves classical ballet with tap, hip hop and contemporary dance. It is directed by Leslie Woodies and choreographed by artistic director Deborah Mason Dudley, Woodies, David Drummond, Khalid Hill, Rocky Mendes, Jeryl Palana, Ian Berg and Shaina Schwartz.

Tickets are $35 general admission and $30 for seniors, students and BDA members and can be purchased at

Gospel choir

The New England Conservatory Millennium Gospel Choir will perform in concert from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14 and from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.

The 200 members, drawn from church choirs throughout the greater Boston area, were individually selected for their superior dedication, vocal technique, range and commitment to gospel music.

Tickets are $20 for members, seniors and students and $25 for non-members.

Visit or call 617-267-9300 to purchase tickets and for more information.

Musical fundraiser

Music for Food will host a benefit concert for the Women’s Lunch Place at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17 at Northeastern University, Fenway Center, 77 St. Stephen St.

Musicians including Sophie Scolnik-Brower and Dina Vainshtein, piano; Brannon Cho, cello; Gabriela Diaz and Robyn Bollinger, violin; Daniel Kim, viola; Sasha Scolnik-Brower, cello; Edward Kass, double bass; and Julie Scolnik, flute, performing works by Franz Schubert, Elena Ruehr and Kathryn Salfelder.

The suggested donation is $25 or $10 for students.

Further information can be found at