Here are the latest Fenway neighborhood notes:

Music and magic

The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra will present “Suite Surprise” at noon on Saturday, April 13 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.

The Young People’s String Orchestra and members of the Intensive Community Program will entertain, along with master magician Matt Roberts. An instrument playground where children can meet the various musical instruments will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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

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

Children’s chorus

The Boston Children’s Chorus will perform “In Solidarity” at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway.

The chorus will perform music that celebrates social change. Every movement for change has included the support of allies working together further dialogue and understanding. The Young Men’s Ensemble and Jr. Men’s Ensemble will join in solidarity as they ponder and discuss a potential vision of true allyship in advancing gender equity.

Tickets range from $15 to $36 and can be purchased online at or by calling 617-566-1401.

Dance recital

Boston Conservatory at Berklee will present “Limitless,” the spring dance concert, at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 13 and 14 at Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St.

The show will consist of five diverse pieces that present the potential of modern dance, including faculty member Kurt Douglas’s restaging of José Limón’s “A Choreographic Offering;” world premieres by preeminent choreographer Kate Weare, hip-hop artist Jennifer Archibald and renowned choreographer Otis Sallid; and the “Metallica Project,” a Conservatory/College collaboration featuring a contemporary dance re-imagination of Metallica’s songs arranged, recorded and performed in four different styles by the Berklee Indian Ensemble, the Berklee Balkan Choir, Berklee Global Jazz Trio and the Berklee American Roots Ensemble.

Tickets are $25 - $30 with discounts available, and can be purchased online at or by calling 617-266-1400.

Vacation at the MFA

The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., invites children of all ages to vacation week adventures from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesday, April 16 through Friday, April 19 and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18.

The museum will offer art-making activities, author and illustrator visits and storytelling, a visit from Riley the Museum Dog, family art walks and more. Children are admitted free.

Visit or call 617-267-9300 for a complete schedule of activities.

Children’s theater

Wheelock Family Theatre, 200 The Riverway, is performing “James and the Giant Peach” based on the classic children’ book by Roald Dahl at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, now through May 12. There will be special 1 p.m. matinees on Tuesday to Friday, April 16 to 19 during April school vacation week. ASL/AD performance will be held on May 5 and 12.

This new musical adaptation of Dahl’s classic story will give the audience all of the delicious rhymes of the book with whimsical music and lyrics from the creative team behind “The Greatest Showman” and “Dear Evan Hansen.” James’ thrilling quest will lead him to discover family and home in the most unlikely of places. The play is recommended for children ages 6+.

Tickets are $20 to $40.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 617-353-3001.

Battle of the Bands

Berklee College of Music will host the annual Battle of the Bands at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 at the Red Room at Café 939, 939 Boylston St.

The Berklee Original Bands Showcase features five Berklee College of Music bands playing 30-minute sets of original music of any genre. These shows are a great way to see the band talent at the college and network with other bands.

Admission is free.

Further information is available by calling 617-266-1400 or online at

Museum after hours

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, will host “S.O.U.L.S,” the next Third Thursday event, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18.

This evening’s program is “Sharing Our Unique Life Stories,” in partnership with Boston Art & Music Soul, a non-profit that strives to breakdown racial and social barriers to arts, music and culture for marginalized communities and artist of color across Greater Boston. Attendees will listen to spoken word, enjoy music and art with ensemble Other Than Boston, make wearable art with Chanel Thervil, hear stories with Eddie Maisonet and join Lamine Toure and Rambax MIT to learn about the art of Sabar, a rhythmic Senegalese drumming and dance tradition.

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.

String quartet Boston debut

The Attacca String Quartet will make their Boston debut in a program at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 21 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway.

The program will feature “String Quartet in F Major,” by Haydn; Beethoven’s “String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor,” “Piano Anniversaries” by Leonard Bernstein and three works by Caroline Shaw, the youngest composer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize.

Tickets range from $31 to $36, with discounts for members, seniors and students.

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