Here are the latest Back Bay - Midtown neighborhood notes:
Music of Vienna
The Musicians of the Old Post Road will present “Mozart’s Viennese Circle” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 at the Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St.
The program will highlight outstanding works by Mozart and the composer friends he gathered around him for chamber music parties – Joseph Haydn, Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf and Johann Baptist Vanhal.
It will include Haydn’s “Quartet in C Major, op. 20, no. 2” performed in a period arrangement for flute and strings; Dittersdorf’s “String Quartet in A Major” and Vanhal’s “Quintet in F Major for flute, violin, two violas and cello.”
The program will conclude with Mozart’s “String Quartet in B-flat Major,” one of the masterful quartets he dedicated to Haydn.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.oldpostroad.org or call 781-466-6694.
La Donna Musicale will perform in concert at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 at the Old South Church, 645 Boylston St.
The audience will enjoy music by women composers Barbara Strozzi, Antonia Bembo and others. Strozzi was at the heart of the unique and thriving musical culture of Venice. Taught by Francesco Cavalli, the city’s most prominent composer, she and Bembo found distinctive ways to sing and to create extraordinarily passionate music. The program includes captivating songs and powerful laments by Strozzi from several of her eight published books, as well as arias from Bembo’s book “Produzione armoniche” and from Cavalli’s “L’Artemisia.”
For more information, visit www.oldsouth.org or call 617-536-1970.
Maintaining mobility and health
Beacon Hill Village will present a free talk by Tufts University’s Dr. Kieran Reid from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19 at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.
Reid will share the latest evidence that physical activity helps older adults preserve our independence as they age. He will discuss what, specifically, people can do to maintain mobility, improve cognition and help stave off chronic disease. Call 617-723-9713 to register.
Further details can be found at www.bpl.org.
Introduction to genealogy
The New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., will host a new visitors’ day at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20.
This free orientation and tour will introduce resources available at the NEHGS research facility, home to more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs and records to help research family histories. Tour attendees are welcome to use the resources following the tour. Registration is not required.
Further information can be found at www.americanancestors.org or by calling 888-296-3447.
Hiking the Camino
Author, public speaker and adventurer Theresa Fersch will be the guest speaker from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.
From May to June 2015, Fersch found herself in the middle of Spain having the adventure of a lifetime. She hiked the entire length of the Camino de Santiago from St. Jean Pied-de-Port, France to Santiago de Compostella, Spain, a 500-mile pilgrimage traveled by pilgrims for over 1,000 years. It is said to bring great physical, mental and spiritual growth to all who travel its routes and provide continuous examples of kindness, generosity, friendship and love.
She wrote a book about her experience, “Sunrise in Spain,” and in this talk, she will provide a brief overview of what a day on the Camino is like and speak about the significance of living one’s life to the fullest.
Admission is free. Call 617-536-5400 for more information.
The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., will host a panel discussion “Reckless Youth: Three Biographers on Their Youthful (Biographical) Passions” from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 21.
Biographers John Kaag, Abigail Santamaria and Holly Van Leuven and moderator Megan Marshall of Emerson College will focus on the new biographers shaping the future of the genre and look at what drove them to take up life writing at a young age.
Marshall, whose “Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast” tells the life of her poetry professor, will moderate.
Registration is suggested for this free program, by calling 617-646-0578 or online at www.masshist.org.
Poet visits the library
The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., will welcome poet Michael Longley from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21.
Longley has published 10 collections of poetry, most recently “Angel Hill,” which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. He has received numerous other awards for his work, including the American Irish Foundation Award, the T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize, the Whitbread Prize, the International Griffin Poetry Prize and the Ulster Tatler Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. He served as the Ireland Professor of Poetry from 2007–2010, and was awarded the 2017 PEN Pinter Prize.
This appearance is presented in partnership with Culture Ireland and the American Conference for Irish Studies. Admission is free.
For more details, call 617-536-5400.
Faces of Africa
The French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St., is displaying “Faces of Africa,” works by French artist Marica Quartuccia, now to March 31.
Quartuccia’s artwork depicts the contrast between the challenging conditions present in some current African Francophone nations with the strength and exceptional character of the women in her portraits. A visual artist who lives and works in Marseille, France, Quartuccia now spends a significant amount of time in Boston since her children and grandchildren moved here 12 years ago.
During the past 20 years, she has participated in numerous exhibitions in France, Brazil, Spain and the United States.
The exhibition is free, but registration is recommended, online at www.frenchculturalcenter.org or by calling 617-912-0400.
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.