Here are the latest Fenway neighborhood notes:

Musical fundraiser

Music for Food will host a benefit concert for the Women’s Lunch Place at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3 at New England Conservatory’s Brown Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.

Musicians including Cordelia Tapping, voice; Chase Morrin and Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek, piano; D’Anna Fortunato, mezzo soprano; Kim Kashkashian and Tanner Menees, violas; Donald Weilerstein and Leonard Fu, violins; and Laurence Lesser and Timotheos Petrin, cellos, will perform “An Improvised Surprise,” “4 Poèmes Op.5” by Charles Loeffler and Brahms’ “String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Opus 36.”

The suggested donation is $30 or $10 for students.

Further information can be found at

Contemporary music festival

The New England Conservatory of Music will present the New England Conservatory Preparatory School Contemporary Music Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3 at Pierce Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.

The festival will feature compositions by NEC Prep students and this year’s composer-in-residence, Missy Mazzoli.

The annual festival was created to give students and faculty the opportunity to study the performance skills needed for contemporary music. Featured composers work closely with students in workshops, seminars and coaching sessions

Admission is free. Further details can be found at or by calling 617-585-1100.

Youth symphony

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Repertory Orchestra and Petit Ensemble will perform at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3 at Boston University’s Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave.

The Repertory Orchestra is a full symphonic orchestra composed of players with strong technical and musical ability conducted by Mark Miller. The Petit Ensemble is BYSO’s newest ensemble with the youngest string players, ages 7-10, conducted by Marta Zurad.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children and seniors.

Visit or call 617-353-3348 for more details

Art lecture

Massachusetts College of Art and Design will host a panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 in the Trustees Room, Tower Building, 631 Huntington Ave. as part of the lecture series featuring MassArt artists and scholars.

Speakers Paul Belenky, Kelly Jean Conroy and Peter Thibeault, with moderator Annie Meyer, will explore “Fine Arts 3D: Craft, Art and Vision.”

Light refreshments will be served at 6 p.m.. The program is free and open to the public.

Visit or call 617-879-7200 for more information

Lunar New Year celebrations

The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., will offer free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 and hold several special events to ring in the Year of the Pig, highlighting Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese art and traditional ceremonies.

The day will include lion dances performed by the Gund Kwok Asian Women Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe, drop-in art-making activities including printmaking, exhibitions of Chinese martial arts with Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy, a demonstration of Saebae, a Korean New Year ceremony, Korean and Vietnamese dances and stories and celebrations of the Vietnamese Tet. The Korean Traditional Arts Academy will also perform.

There will also be tours conducted in English, American Sign Language and Mandarin.

Tickets are required for the free programs. For more information, visit

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, the Korean Cultural Society of Boston, Vietaid and the Chinese Culture Connection are co-sponsoring the celebration.

Opera premiere

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, will present Acronym in concert at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb.10.

The ensemble will perform the Boston premiere Alessandro Scarlatti’s “La caduta de’Decemviri.” This opera tells the story of Virginia, the hero of Roman republicanism during the tyrannical rule of the ten men (Decemviri), and the wicked Appio Claudius.

On Thursday, Feb. 14, Botticelli’s painting of the story of Virginia arrives at the Gardner as part of the special exhibition, “Botticelli: Heroines & Heroes.”

Tickets are $31 general admission, $28 for seniors, $19 for members and $15 for students and children ages 7-17 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.

Children’s theater

Wheelock Family Theatre, 200 The Riverway, is performing “Ragtime!” by Terrence McNally and lyrics and music by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays, now through Feb. 17.

The musical is a kaleidoscopic journey of three distinct families, African American, Eastern European immigrants and upper class suburbanites, at the turn of the 20th century in New York City. This is a story of immigration, innovation and “a dream of what this country could be.” It is recommended for people, ages 10 and older.

Tickets are $20 to $40.

For more information, visit or call 617-879-2300.