Here are the latest Fenway neighborhood notes:

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 midcentury 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.

Performance in the park

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy will present “The Sound: if trees were water” with Beau Kenyon at 6 p.m. on 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.

Emerald Necklace stroll

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy will host an evening garden stroll from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18 meeting at the Shattuck Emerald Necklace Visitor Center, 125 The Fenway.

Participants will enjoy a stroll for the senses as they meander among the blooms of the Kelleher Rose Garden and pathways of the eclectic and historic Victory Garden and immerse themselves in artist Fujiko Nakaya’s “Fog x Canopy” installation.

Admission is free. Call 617-522-2700 or visit for further details.

Venice – art and music

The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., will present members of the Handel and Haydn Society in concert from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

As part of the exhibit “Casanova’s Europe,” members of the H+H orchestra and chorus will perform music contemporaneous to the period of the Venice tableau of this exhibition. Performances will take place in the exhibition at 6 p.m., 6:40 p.m. and 7:20 p.m.

Featured performers will include Sarah Yanovitch, soprano, Guy Fishman, cello, and Ian Watson, harpsichord, performing works by Vivaldi and Albinoni.

Admission is free with museum admission.

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

Fenway tours

The Museum of Fine Arts will present walking tours of the Fenway area at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19 and 26 and on Saturday, Sept. 22 and 29. Walkers will leave from the Sharf Visitor Center, 465 Huntington Ave.

Visitors will learn about the architecture of the MFA and nearby buildings, outdoor works of art, the Japanese Garden and the Back Bay Fens. The hour-long tour is free with museum admission.

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

Gardner after hours

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 the Fenway, will host a Third Thursday program, “Balance,” from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20.

The museum will celebrate the balance of night and day during the fall equinox. Attendees will join the Transformative Culture Project to re-connect their minds, bodies and souls through art-making, poetry and spoken word, movement with Afrobeats Dance Boston and live music from Nor’easters, 2017 winners of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.

Tickets include museum admission and are $15 general, $12 seniors, $5 for students and free for members. Call 617-566-1401 or visit for more information.

'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

'College Fest 2018'

College Fest 2018 will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Fenway Park, Gate B, on the corner of Lansdowne and Ipswich Streets.

The festival will take over Fenway Park with live music and activations by over 70 brands including Lyft, Contiki, GrubHub and Red Rock Deli, photo ops, free swag, prizes and the rare chance to see Fenway Park for free. This event is for active college students only who must present college I.D. to enter. Students can also register in advance to avoid lines.

Visit for more information and to register.

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