Here are the latest Fenway neighborhood notes:

Guitar and mandolin

The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., will host an evening of music for the guitar, mandolin and cittern in the Age of Enlightenment from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, Sept. 10.

Boston musician Olav Chris Henriksen will discuss the history, repertoire and playing techniques of various European plucked string instruments popular during the 18th century. He will demonstrate three Italian instruments from the MFA’s collection, including a chitarra battente (1725), mandolin (1777) and guitar (1803), as well as two French examples, an archcittern (1789) and guitar (ca. 1790).

Admission is free with museum admission.

For more details, call 617-267-9300 or visit

Music of northern India

Berklee College of Music will present John Funkhouser and Jerry Leake: Piandia – North Indian Piano/Tabla Duo at 7p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the Berk Recital Hall, 1140 Boylston St.

Berklee College of Music faculty members and old friends Funkhouser (piano) and Leake (tabla) will team up as Piandia, presenting a modern take on the ancient tradition of North Indian (Hindustani) classical music, accompanied by brief explanations of the Hindustani concepts of raga (melodic structure) and tala (rhythmic structure.)

Admission is free.

For further information, visit or call 617-266-1400.

Performance in the park

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy will present “The Sound: if trees were water” with Beau Kenyon at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept 14 and Saturday, Sept 15 at the Emerald Necklace at the Fens, 170 Park Dr.

The first of three-movements, “The Sound” explores family identity as the root to generating one’s own hopes and success. Dancers will be costumed in sculptural, sound-emitting pieces as they move around and through the audience, enveloping them in the spoken words of teenage immigrants woven together with an original sound score and under a blanket of Nakaya’s ethereal fog sculpture.

Visit for more information about this and the remaining two movements that will be placed throughout the city.

Music of Mendelssohn

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, will present the Borromeo String Quartet in concert at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 and at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16.

This first concert in a two-year cycle of Mendelssohn’s six quartets will also feature an eloquent mid-century quartet by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, based on African American spirituals. The program will include Felix Mendelssohn’s “String Quartet No. 2 in A minor” and “String Quartet No. 6 in F minor” Leonard Bernstein’s “Ilana, the Dreamer” and Perkinson’s “String Quartet No. 1, ‘Calvary.’”

Tickets are $31 adults, $28 seniors, $19 members and $15 students and children, ages 7 to 17, and include general admission to the museum’s galleries and the special exhibition gallery.

Visit or call 617-566-1401 for more information and to purchase tickets.

Taste of Fenway

The annual Taste of the Fenway organized by the Fenway Community Development Corporation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20 at Van Ness Street (from Kilmarnock Street to Richard B. Ross Way.)

This outdoor street festival will feature celebrity chefs and Fenway’s renowned restaurants, food and beer and wine tastings, games, live music and art. The street will be closed to public traffic with only ticketed guests able to access the area.

Featured will be celebrity chefs Tiffani Faison, Jody Adams and Tim Cushman. The event is open to all ages. In celebration of Fenway CDC’s 45th anniversary, each ticket is $45, a special anniversary price, instead of $50. Children ages under 10 are admitted free.

Each ticket includes all-you-can-eat tastings of food, drinks and entertainment.

Fenway CDC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that helps over 1,000 low and moderate-income people access affordable housing, job skills training, employment opportunities, social services, financial education and civic engagement programs.

To purchase tickets and for more details, visit

Tuesdays with roses

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy is looking for volunteers to help take care of the roses in the Kelleher Rose Garden in the Back Bay Fens from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sept. 25.

Training, tools and gloves will be supplied. Pre-registration is required, by calling 617-522-2700 or online at