Here are the latest Back Bay - Midtown neighborhood notes:
Money for charity at party
Live in Luxury at Douglas Elliman agents Pamela Cushing and Haley Cutter hosted a Boston Marathon viewing party on Monday, April 16. The event took place at their exclusive listing at 647 Boylston St., which overlooks the race’s finish line. More than 60 guests showed up to celebrate, dancing along to cover band Legends of Summer and enjoying food and spirits from the Legendary Restaurant Group.
Throughout the five-hour event, more than $2,000 was raised for the Heather Abbott Foundation. Sponsors included Douglas Elliman, First Republic Bank and Ligris + Associates.
The Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., will welcome Benjamin Yee-Paulson in concert from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.
Pianist Yee-Paulson is an internationally recognized composer currently living in New York City. He is a director for First Stages, two concerts dedicated to premiering new vocal music. Besides choir and orchestra, he has written for a diverse myriad of ensembles including solo voice, string trio, brass quintet, wind quintet, piano sextet, percussion ensemble, chamber orchestra and piano.
Visit www.oldsouth.org or call 617-536-1970 for further information and to purchase tickets
A public one-hour tour of the Ayer Mansion, 395 Commonwealth Ave., which showcases the striking interior and exterior embellishments designed and created by Louis Comfort Tiffany, will be offered at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.
Built between 1899 and 1902 for businessman and art collector Frederick Ayer, the mansion is the only surviving residence created by American artist and designer Tiffany. It was named a National Historic Landmark in 2005.
Reservations are required and a $15 donation ($10 for senior citizens and students) is requested to help with the ongoing restoration costs.
To make a reservation, send an email to email@example.com or call 617-536-2586.
Hidden treasures tour
As part of ArtWeek Boston, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., will offer a free hidden treasures tour from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 5.
This rare tour is of the art held within the walls of the New England Historic Genealogical Society Library and Archives, including European masterpieces, American portraiture, early furniture and other artifacts. Visitors will see a seldom seen Copley, an original piece from John Hancock’s drawing room, an example of 18th century quilling and other rare examples of American decorative arts.
There will be an art scavenger hunt for children who attend. No registration is necessary.
Further information can be found by calling 888-296-3447 or online at www.americanancestors.org.
Music of Bach
The Ayer Mansion, 395 Commonwealth Ave., will host a special benefit concert at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8.
Members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra cellist Jonathan Miller and violinist Lucia Lin will perform.
A wine and cheese reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. with the performance at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 general admission and $10 for students.
To order tickets and for more information, visit www.ayermansion.org or call 617-536-2586.
Works of M.C. Escher
The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., will welcome Ronni Baer, senior curator of European painting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in a free talk from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8.
Dr. Baer will discuss M.C. Escher, his works and the exhibition “M.C. Escher: Infinite Dimensions” on view at the MFA until May 28. He will trace the development of the artist’s work, including his self-portraits, landscapes and still lifes grounded in Dutch pictorial tradition; explore his obsession with tessellations and interlocking forms; and his experiments with optical illusions and perceptual games.
A reception will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the lecture at 6:30 p.m. Seating is first come, first serve. The event is free, but registration via Eventbrite is recommended.
Visit www.bpl.org or call 617-536-5400 for further details.
The musical ensemble A Far Cry will host a spring soiree from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9 at St. Botolph Club, 199 Commonwealth Ave.
Festivities will include a special performance by the Criers, hors d'oeuvres and drinks and a silent and live auction with items including a professional photography session, the Doty Duo performing at a private concert, an evening of Viennese music and food, tickets to theatrical performances, membership to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, fine artwork and more.
Further information and tickets are available at www.afarcry.org/soiree or by calling 617-553-4887.
The French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St., will host “Dancers of the Night: Navajo Weavings with Ceremonial Themes” from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 10.
Rebecca and Jean-Paul Valette will share a part of their collection of Navajo weavings featuring ceremonial dancers. Their illustrated talk will provide a brief background on the Navajo presence in the Southwest while focusing on the Yeibichai dance of the Nightway ceremony in the textiles of the first half of the 20th century.
Following a question and answer period moderated by Shelly C. Lowe, executive director of the Harvard University Native American program, the Valettes will be available to sign copies of their books “Weaving the Dance” and “Navajo Weavings with Ceremonial Themes: A Historical Overview of a Secular Art Form.”
A gallery opening and cocktail reception will follow. Admission is free.
For more information and to make a reservation, call 617-912-0400 or visit www.frenchculturalcenter.org.
Legacy of Dr. King
Bernice A. King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, will be the guest speaker at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10.
King is an acclaimed speaker and chief executive officer of The King Center, which was founded by her mother in 1968. Her many accomplishments include establishing the Be a King Scholarship in honor of Coretta Scott King at Spelman College in 2007; launching the 100 Days of Nonviolence campaign at Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy; and spearheading the global commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and her father’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech on August 28, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Her book “Hard Questions, Heart Answers” is a collection of her sermons and speeches.
Registration is recommended, at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bernice-king-minister.
The French Cultural Center will present the seventh annual “Le Bal Révolution” from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 at the Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles St.
French cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts are complimentary for all guests throughout the soirée. The evening will also feature an art display and a silent auction with fabulous prizes.
This black-tie event is for those 21 plus. Reservations are required.
Proceeds will help support of the center’s Mosaique initiative for cultural programming, as well as the center’s after-school French language instruction program in Boston public schools.
RSVP by calling 617-912-0400 or visiting online at www.frenchculturalcenter.org.
Music inspired by nature
The Chamber Orchestra of Boston will present the final concert of the 2017-2018 season at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 at the First Church Boston, 66 Marlborough St.
The evening will feature a program of music inspired by nature, with “Three Tone Pictures” by Charles Tomlinson Griffes; “Indigo Sun” by Adrienne Elisha; “Evening in the Mountains” by Edvard Grieg; “Appalachian Spring” by Aaron Copland; and the world premiere of “Springtime in Boston” by Robert Edward Smith.
A reception with the hors d’oeuvres and wine and a chance to mingle with the artists will follow the concert.
Tickets are $25 to $50, and $15 for students.
Further information can be found at www.chamberorchestraofboston.org or by calling 617-266-1626.
A night at the opera
The Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., will present the Renaissance Men in concert from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 13.
Boston’s acclaimed male vocal chamber ensemble will celebrate rarely performed men’s ensemble repertoire by composers primary known for their contributions to the operatic stage, featuring works by Rossini, Richard Strauss and Rufus Wainwright. Major pieces will include Jake Heggie’s “A Hundred Thousand Stars,” Bizet’s “Saint Jean de Pathos” and Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” overture.
Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for seniors and $15 for students.
Call 617-536-8061 or visit www.oldsouth.org for more information.
Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., is presenting its 42nd season of the J. S. Bach Cantatas at 10 a.m. on Sundays now through May 20.
The orchestra and chorus of Emmanuel Music will present weekly performances of the cantatas and motets of J.S. Bach and others, conducted by Ryan Turner.
For more information, call 617-536-3356 or visit www.emmanuelmusic.org.
The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., will host tours of the collections of the society at 10 a.m. on Saturdays.
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 www.masshist.org or by calling 617-646-0560.
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 www.bpl.org/central/tours.htm.
For tours by appointment, call 617-536-5400.