Here are the latest Fenway neighborhood notes:
Boston Baroque will perform Handel’s masterpiece “Messiah” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.
This annual tradition will feature the Boston Baroque debut of three artists: soprano Layla Claire, countertenor Eric Jurenas and tenor Norman Shankle. Joining them will be bass baritone Nathan Stark as well as the orchestra and chorus.
A pre-concert introduction will be held at 7 p.m.
For more details, visit www.bostonbaroque.org or call 617-4848-9200.
Boston Children’s Chorus will perform “Winter Dreams” at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Huntington Avenue Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave.
The chorus will sing the songs of snow, winter and joy, featuring repertoire with words and music by women. This first concert at the Huntington Avenue Theatre will leave the audience with warm hearts.
Tickets range from $21.50 to $81.50.
To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.bostonchildrenschorus.org or call 617-778-2242.
The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will present the annual holiday concert “Brass, Bows and Boys” at 3 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 and at 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 through 16 at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.
The BGMC will celebrate the tradition, magic and fun of holiday nights with carols including “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen,” “In the Bleak Midwinter ” and “For the Beauty of the Earth” as well as modern classics such as “Let it Snow,” “What Christmas Means to Me” and “Pictures of a Season.” An eight-piece brass band will join the orchestra in “Holiday Bells, Brass and Boys.”
Further information can be found at www.bgmc.org.
The Handel and Hayden Society will perform “A Baroque Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16 at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.
The audience will enjoy sparkling music for the season from Vivaldi, Bach, Corelli, Scarlatti and more performed with H+H’s trademark verve by the period instrument orchestra and guests, soprano Amanda Forsythe and violinist Aisslinn Nosky.
Performance Fellow Teresa M. Neff will host a discussion about the music and composers on the program an hour before each performance.
For more details and to purchase tickets, visit www.handelandhaydn.org or call 617-262-1815.
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. and 6:30 to 8 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 www.mfa.org/music or call 617-267-9300 to purchase tickets and for more information.
A special holiday celebration of John Coltrane’s music and spiritual legacy will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Northeastern University, Blackman Theatre, 360 Huntington Ave.
The 20-piece Friends of John Coltrane Memorial ensemble, directed by Carl Atkins, will perform favorite works by Coltrane. The concert will honor two JCMC alumni: saxophonist Bill Pierce and Stan Strickland, reeds, woodwinds and vocals, for their long time commitment to the JCMC and their lifetime commitment to creating music of integrity, sincerity and lasting value.
For tickets and information, call 617-671-0789 or visit www.friendsofjcmc.org.
Honoring victims of violence
Violinist and composer Shaw Pong Liu will perform “Code Listen 3.0” from 1 to 2:30 and 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway.
The project reflected on the intertwining stories of Boston Police, teens, and mothers who have lost their children to gun violence in a citywide series of performances and conversations. This performance is 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 Pascale Florestal, theater director, and guest musicians Jason Palmer, jazz trumpet; Ashleigh Gordon, viola; and musicians from the museum’s orchestra-in-residence, A Far Cry.
A 15-minute processional will begin in the courtyard at 3 p.m., with special participation by Boston Arts Academy students. A performance in Calderwood Hall will follow at 3:30 p.m.
For more details, visit www.gardnermuseum.org or call 617-566-1401.
Music for Food will host a benefit concert for the Women’s Lunch Place at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16 at Northeastern University, Fenway Center, 77 St. Stephen St.
Musicians including Robert Levin and Vivian Hornik-Weilerstein, pianos; Kim Kashkashian, viola; Miki-Sophia Cloud, violin; Merry Peckham, cello; and the Borromeo String Quartet will perform Guastavino and Ginastera’s “Songs from South America;” Gabriel Fauré’s “Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 120;” and the “String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat Major” by Beethoven.
The suggested donation is $30 or $10 for students.
Further information can be found at www.musicforfoodboston.org.