Here are the latest Fenway neighborhood notes:

American masterpieces

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, will present A Far Cry, the Gardner’s resident chamber orchestra, in concert at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 and at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 17.

The program will feature four American masterpieces, spanning six decades.

Composer Julia Perry developed into an important mid-century modern composer, although one too-little known during her own time.

The ensemble will champion her moving “Stabat Mater,” along with John Adams’s hypnotizing “Shaker Loops,” Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s “Sinfonietta No. 1” and “Starburst” by Jessie Montgomery.

Contralto Nicole Michelle will be the special guest musician.

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 to purchase tickets.

Music of ‘Selma’

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will present “Raise You Up” at 3 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 17 at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.

The show will feature music from “Kinky Boots,” Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston and the choral theatre piece “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed” and its companion piece, Academy Award-winning song “Glory” from the film “Selma.” Singer, rapper, actor, director, choreographer and YouTube personality Todrick Hall will join the 200 members of the chorus as special guest.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 617-542-7464.

‘The Magic Flute’

The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra will present “The Magic Flute” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at noon and 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 17 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.

This family version of Mozart’s most fantastical opera will feature colorful puppets, glorious singing, plenty of surprises and some of the most famous music Mozart ever wrote. This abridged version is conceived specifically for Symphony Hall, sung in English and devised for children, ages 6 and older.

Tickets are $20 general admission and $5 for children under age 18.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 617-266-1200 or visit

Jazz festival

The Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 17 at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave.

The Monterey Jazz Festival is the longest consecutively running jazz festival in the world. Pianist and musical director Christian Sands will celebrate this 60 year tradition with a lineup including saxophonist Melissa Aldana, trumpeter Bria Skonberg, bassist Yasushi Nakamura, drummer Jamison Ross and featuring vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-747-2261.

Using art to shape change

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, will host a Third Thursday program “Empower, Create, Change” from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 21.

Art is always history in the making and attendees will discover how creative people use art to shape narratives and amplify change. Activities will include a multimedia performance ONCE2, with artist-in-residence and Croatian graphic novelist Danijel Žeželj; a conversation between Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Hilton Als and Helga Davis, visiting curator for performing arts; art-making activities; music with DJ Slick Vick and more.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors; $5 for students and free for members. Students in the University Membership Program are admitted free.

Call 617-566-1401 or visit for more information.

‘The Creation’

The Cantata Singers will present Franz Joseph Haydn’s oratorio “The Creation” at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 22 at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.

Soloists, the chorus and the orchestra will perform this exhilarating retelling of the Creation story, featuring soloists Amanda Forsythe, soprano, William Hite, tenor, and Mark Andrew Cleveland, bass; imaginative orchestral colors; and some of the most thrilling choral writing ever conceived.

Conductor Martin Pearlman will give the pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. in Williams Hall. Following the performance, all are invited to attend a free post-concert reception.

To purchase tickets and for more details, visit or call 617-868-5885.

Gardeners’ gathering

The 44th annual Gardeners’ Gathering will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at Shillman Hall, Northeastern University, 115 Forsyth St.

The festivities will include gardening workshops and demonstrations for community and residential gardeners, beginners as well as experienced gardeners, networking, lectures, door prizes, information gallery, community garden awards and more. More than two-dozen workshops will be held, including beekeeping, gourmet mushrooms, seed starting and composting.

All are welcome to this free program with walk-in registration starting at 10 a.m.

Aziz Dhekan, executive director of the New York City Community Garden Coalition, will give the keynote address. He will address the history, current state and future of community gardens in New York City. Mayor Marty Walsh will present the community garden awards.

For more information and a complete schedule, visit or call 617-542-7696.

Persian New Year

The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., will celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year festival to mark the first day of spring, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.

Attendees will explore Persian arts and culture through demonstrations, tours and talks, music, art making, puppet shows and dance performances. Featured performers will include modern dancer Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam, Boston born dancer Shirin Shahin and the Aftab Dance Group.

Festivities will also include story hours and demonstrations for the whole family, Persian-inspired food, tours and talks in English and Persian and a traditional Haft-Seen display on view. Ethnic clothing is encouraged.

For programs with limited capacity, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. All events are free with museum admission.

Visit or call 617-267-9300 for more information.