Here are the latest Fenway neighborhood notes:
Wheelock Family Theatre, 200 The Riverway, is performing “James and the Giant Peach” based on the classic children’ book by Roald Dahl, at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12. The Sunday performance will be ASL/AD.
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 and older.
Tickets are $20 to $40.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.wheelockfamilytheater.org or call 617-353-3001.
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Petit Ensemble will perform the spring concert at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 12 at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts concert hall, 855 Commonwealth Ave.
Petit Ensemble is a small orchestra of up to 40 members for string players of ages, approximately 7 to 10, who have successfully finished at least Suzuki book one (violin, viola, cello, and bass.) Tickets are free but should be reserved in advance.
Visit www.bysoweb.org or call 617-353-3348 for more details.
Musicians from Marlboro will be the guest performers in the final concert of the spring Sunday concert series at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 12 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway.
The program will include Franz Schubert’s “Quartettsatz in C minor,” Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25” by Brahms, Béla Bartók’s “String Quartet No. 5” and Leonard Bernstein’s “Five Anniversaries.”
Tickets include general admission to the museum’s galleries and the special exhibition gallery.
For more information, visit www.gardnermuseum.org or call 617-566-1401.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Parks and Recreation Department will host the 21st annual neighborhood coffee hour and opening celebration from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14 at Symphony Park, located between Berklee College of Music and Symphony Hall, Massachusetts Avenue.
Residents will enjoy coffee and breakfast treats from Dunkin’ Donuts and Whole Foods Market while they discuss open space and recreational needs with the mayor.
There will be prizes, including gift certificates, swan boat rides, free downtown parking and gift baskets. Attendees will receive a flowering plant grown in the city’s greenhouses.
Call 617-635-4505 for more information.
Museum after hours
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, will host “Where I Stand,” the next Third Thursday event, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 16.
Attendees can explore the ways the museum welcomes the power of art to challenge social perceptions and the status quo. Activities will include a concert by cellist Khari Joyner, art-making in the studio, movement-mapping workshops with Brian McInnis and more.
Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors; $10 for students and free for members. Students in the University Membership Program are admitted free.
Call 617-566-1401 or visit www.gardnermuseum.org for more information.
Gems of the Back Bay Fens
The Emerald Necklace Conservancy will host a free walking tour “Historic Gems of the Back Bay Fens” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, meeting at the Shattuck Emerald Necklace Visitor Center, 125 The Fenway.
Docents will lead a walk through this historic landscape that Frederick Law Olmsted transformed, focusing on the 17th-century Japanese Temple Bell, the Kelleher Rose Garden, the oldest WWII Victory Garden in the country and a special visit to the Veterans Memorial in honor of Armed Forces Day.
Call 617-522-2700 or visit www.emeraldnecklace.org for further details.
The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., will present cellist Guy Fishman performing “Bach Suites” from noon to 1:45 p.m. and 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, May 19.
Bach composed his six suites for unaccompanied cello in 1720. Almost entirely forgotten after their composition, these works were not performed in their entirety until the 20th century. However, these works now occupy the top tier of every cellist’s repertoire and are celebrated in regular performances and dozens of editions and recordings.
Over two concerts in one day, Fishman, principal cellist of the Handel and Haydn Society, will survey all six suites on his baroque cello, built in Rome in 1704, as well as on a five-stringed baroque cello.
Tickets are $35 for members and $44 for non-members.
Visit www.mfa.org/programs/music or call 617-267-9300 for more information.