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H+H’s Handel: ‘Messiah’

The H+H Orchestra, Chorus and soloists, under the direction of Harry Christopher, perform this stirring music – played the way Handel himself would have heard it. High-wire arias, dazzling instrumental fireworks, and awe-inspiring choruses make it Boston’s must-see Messiah.

The concerts will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27 and Sunday, Nov. 28 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.

Visit https://handelandhaydn.org/concerts/2021-22-season/handel-messiah for more information and tickets (prices vary).

BSO’s Andris Nelsons conducts an all-Brahms program

Andris Nelsons will lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in an all-Brahms program pairing early and mid-career orchestral works in Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave. at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27.

Concerned with living up to Beethoven’s precedent in the genre, Brahms labored on his First Symphony for twenty years before finally allowing it to see the light of day in 1876. With references to Beethoven, Brahms clearly places himself in the great German symphonic tradition. The warm and idyllic Serenade No. 2, written in 1859, is a five-movement work that omits violins, creating strong contrasts between strings and woodwinds. This lovely piece was dedicated to Brahms’s lifelong friend Clara Schumann.

Visit www.bso.org/events/all-brahms-program for more information and tickets (prices vary).

MassArt x SoWa: ‘Yeah, I'm Doing Great: 2021 Juried Alumni Exhibition’

MassArt x SoWa is pleased to present “Yeah I'm Doing Great: 2021 Juried Alumni Exhibition,” on view through Sunday, Nov. 28 at 460 Harrison Ave. Suite C-08.

“Yeah, I'm Doing Great” features work from 27 graduate alumni representing all of MassArt's MFA programs in Fine Arts and Design (Photography, Film/Video, 2D and 3D Fine Arts, Fine Arts: Low Residency and DMI: Dynamic Media Institute), as well as the Master of Architecture and graduate programs in Art Education. 

Visit http://sowa.massart.edu for more information.

NEC Symphonic Choir & Chamber Ensemble + Erica J. Washburn: Carmina Burana

Join the NEC Symphonic Choir for the ensemble's inaugural concert in a two-part performance of Carl Orff's “Carmina Burana,” conducted by Erica J. Washburn. Satirical in nature, full of texts reflecting romance, impropriety and ridicule, this choral icon of the 20th century is a work that demands the spirit of the greatest bards throughout history. 

The concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 29 and Tuesday, Nov. 30 at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave.

Visit www.necmusic.edu/events/nec-symphonic-choir-chamber-ensemble-erica-j-washburn-carmina-burana for more information, including the program and tickets.

Grow Your Art: Fall 2021 Residency with Cécile McLorin Salvant

Hosted by NEC Jazz and Entrepreneurial Musicianship, the following programs are open to NEC students, alumni, and to the public. Practitioners of all musical styles are warmly welcome.

– Master Class with Cécile Mclorin Salvant: 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30

Select NEC students will participate in an open masterclass with Fall GYA Artist Cécile McLorin Salvant at the Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre, 255 St. Botolph St.

– Music Business Panel Discussion: 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec, 1

Come learn about the life experiences of female-identifying professionals active in the music world. This Q&A and Panel Discussion will feature the perspectives and lived experiences of President Andrea Kalyn, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Dominique Eade, Monique Van Willingh, and NEC Alumna Ayn Inserto in conversation with Ken Schaphorst at Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre, 255 St. Botolph St. The event will also be livestreamed.

– Concert with Cécile Mclorin Salvant & NEC Jazz Orchestra: 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2.

Collaborative performance of Cécile McLorin Salvant and the NEC Jazz Orchestra will be held at Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave.

Go to www.necmusic.edu/em/GrowYourArt for more information.

Liederabend | Exilers: Composers and Poets Set Adrift

From Benjamin Britten’s New York song cycles, to the poems of Luis Cernuda and Marina Tsvetaeva, to the many Austrian and German composers who fled their homelands in the twentieth century, this concert celebrates the resilience of the creative spirit in the face of dislocation and upheaval. They honor the many ways artists have channeled the violence of their immediate circumstances into works of profound beauty and transformation. 

This concert will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at NEC: Williams Hall, 290 Huntington Ave.

Visit www.necmusic.edu/events/liederabend-exilers-composers-and-poets-set-adrift for more information and tickets.

Piano Masters Series: Max Levinson

Piano faculty member Max Levinson will perform at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at Seully Hall, 8 Fenway, Floor 4.

The program will include: Bach: Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major; Beethoven: Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, op. 111; Stravinsky: Three Scenes from Petrouchka and Chopin: Two Waltzes, Polonaise in A-flat Major, op. 53.

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/piano-masters-series-max-levinson-2 for more information and reservations ($15 | Free with Berkee ID).

Voice and Justice

The Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. #123 will host the Voice and Justice program from 4 to 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1. The topic: All in Viewing.

Visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org for more information and registration.

Kindness Rocks Project: Drop-in Rock Painting

Got five minutes? Want to help brighten someone's day? Stop by the Countway Makerspace, Harvard Longwood Campus on Wednesdays between noon and 2 p.m. to paint an inspirational rock as part of the Kindness Rocks Project. All supplies provided.  

People can choose to take the rock with them, leave it for others to find or add it to the Kindness Rocks Garden bed in the Countway Community Garden to inspire others. 

No registration required. Drop-ins welcome. 

Learn more about Countway's Kindness Rocks Project at https://countway.info/kindnessrocks.

TILLI Lunch and Learn Series

Join TILLI (Temple Israel Lifelong Learning Institute) for their Fall 2021 Lunch and Learn Series from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Thursdays. These talks are open to all with an option to participate online or onsite at Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave.

Listen and ask questions to experts on a wide range of topics and current issues:

– Dec. 2: Lunch and Learn: A Winter Preview

Learn about the upcoming Winter and Spring TILLI programs

Visit www.tisrael.org for more information, including Zoom registration.

MAAM Drawing Together: Observation/Transformation

Let’s draw together will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2 at MassArt Art Museum, 621 Huntington Ave.

Observation/Transformation features life drawing from spontaneous tableaux vivants with MassArt professor and artist Edward Monovich and guest performers. Blurring the boundaries between observational drawing and performance art, visitors are invited to sketch a series of kinetic poses in the round while experiencing performances that evoke transformation.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/maam-drawing-together-tickets-205715820557 for more information and registration.

Bach Competition Winner’s Concert

The winners of the 2021 Bach competition will perform solo works by Johann Sebastian Bach at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2 in the BU Concert Hall at 855 Commonwealth Ave.

Go to https://www.bu.edu/cfa/news-events/events for more information.

Luminary Lens Series: Piano Performance and Film Screening of ‘Doorways’

A brief live piano performance and film screening of “Doorways” by pianist and composer, Neighborhood Salon Luminary Kevin Harris, ​will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2 followed by a talkback with the artist. 

Doorways investigates Harris’s idea that "time plus movement = perspective" in a musical exploration of passageways and portals in the Gardner Museum's historic building. Film by Paloma Valenzuela.

Visit www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/event/doorways-kevin-harris for more information and reservations.

BPT: ‘Incels and Other Myths’ 

The performance of “Incels and Other Myths” by Ally Sass – a BU New Play Initiative produced by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre – will be held from Thursday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec. 12. The shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays at the Boston Playwrights' Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave.

Incels and Other Myths follows a mother and son’s epic journey into the online realms of gender, power, and mythology. Through their descent into fraught online territory, Avery and Elaine discover unexpected and intoxicating new realities that shape how they see their own worlds.

Visit www.bu.edu/bpt/our-season for more information and tickets ($10 to $35).

Holiday Pops: Traditional | Kids’ Matinees | Sensory Friendly Performances

Continuing one of Boston's most beloved holiday traditions, Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops open the 2021 Boston Pops Holiday Series on Thursday, Dec. 2, kicking off a season that runs through Friday, Dec. 24 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, beautifully decorated to evoke all the magic and charm of the season.

In addition to the traditional evening and afternoon performances on select dates and times, there will also be shorter Kids’ Matinee performances that include post-concert photos with Santa and special treats and a Sensory Friendly Performance with pre-concert activities. All the concerts will be filled with holiday music favorites, the jubilant Pops sing-along and a visit from Santa Claus himself.

Go to www.bso.org/events/holiday-pops-2021 for more information, including showtimes and tickets (prices vary).

First Friday Film at FCC

“Nomadland” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3 at the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. #123.

A woman in her sixties who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

Visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org for more information and registration.


The performance of “Machinal” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3; at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4; and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5 in "Jewels 2" Juliane Ethel Leilani Miller Studio Theatre, 855 Commonwealth Ave. (Room 356).

A powerful expressionist drama from the 1920s about the dependent status of women in an increasingly mechanized society, based on the true story of Ruth Snyder. Sophie Treadwell was a campaigning journalist in America between the wars. Among her assignments was the sensational murder involving Snyder who, with her lover Judd Gray, had murdered her husband and gone to the electric chair.

Visit www.bu.edu/cfa/news-events/events for more information.

Northeastern University Symphony Orchestra Fall 2021 Concert

Listen to the beautiful melody of the strings during the Symphony Orchestra’s Fall 2021 Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3at the Fenway Center, Saint Stephen St.

Go to https://camd.northeastern.edu/calendar for more information and free tickets.

Beyond the Spectrum Kids: Fantastic Fabric

The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. will host Adventures in Art for Children on the Autism Spectrum, ages 8 to 12 from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 4.

Have you ever tie-dyed fabric? Resist dyeing techniques such as tie-dye are used in many different cultures to create amazing patterns on fabric. Join the group in the museum to see fabric artwork from across the world. Learn and use some resist techniques to make your own artworks.

Visit www.mfa.org/programs/community-programs/beyond-the-spectrum for more information and registration (Members: $9 | Nonmembers: $11).

COF Orchestra & Chorus, Simmons Chamber Choir, Simmons Sirens: In Concert

Simmons Chamber Choir, Simmons Sirens, COF Orchestra and COF Chorus will present a fun-filled evening of great music, including seasonal favorites at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4 at Alumnae Hall, Simmons University Residence Campus, 54 Pilgrim Rd., presented by the Colleges of the Fenway.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/cof-orchestra-chorus-simmons-chamber-choir-simmons-sirens-in-concert-tickets-201058670897 for more information and registration.

Northeastern University Choral Society Fall 2021 Concert

Join as the Northeastern University Choral Society sings rhythmic soul for all to enjoy at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Fenway Center, Saint Stephen St.

Go to https://camd.northeastern.edu/calendar for more information and free tickets.


“Beginnings” – a group exhibition combining early NFT artworks from the collection of the Museum of Crypto Art with early computer pen plotter work from the collection of Anne and Michael Spalter – will be on view through Sunday, Dec. 19 at the Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St.

Visit www.bostoncyberarts.org/beginnings2 for more information.

Critical shortage at Kraft Family Blood Donor Center

The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital is approaching a critical shortage of Type-O positive and negative whole blood.

When you donate blood or platelets at the Donor Center or Blood Mobile you are making a life-saving difference for patients in need.

Visit www.brighamandwomens.org/patients-and-families/blood-donation/blood-donation-center or phone 617-632-3206 for more information and/or schedule an appointment.

NEC’s First Monday                                                                                   

Join NEC as they celebrate 37 years of First Mondays: well-loved classics and new compositions, performed at Jordan Hall by some of the finest chamber musicians in the world, free and open to all at 7:30 p.m.

Go to https://necmusic.edu/events/first-monday for more information and tickets.

Seventh-Inning Stretch                                                                                

Fenway Park organist Josh Kantor celebrated the one-year-iversary (365 days and 168 episodes) of the “Seventh-Inning Stretch” show on March 29, 2021 which continues to air at 7 p.m. on Mondays.

So, tune in live at www.facebook.com/7thinningstretch2020 and continue to take a stretch, sing along and enjoy some favorite traditional and contemporary songs, as well as some special guests.

Although the show is still fun and free, he suggests that viewers make a donation to their local food bank.

Morning meditation with Cantor Alicia Stillman

Begin the day grounded and grateful at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This 45-minute morning meditation is a screens-optional experience where the participants will engage in musical morning blessings, gentle chant, mindfulness and sitting together in both silence and guided meditation. The participants will awaken their breath and imagination toward a grateful, grounded and energized day.  

Go to www.tisrael.org/calendar for more information and the Zoom link.

MFA Wednesdays                            

Enjoy $5 Wednesdays after 3 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Visit www.mfa.org/tickets for more information.

Guided meditation                                                                                                   

Interested in reducing stress, bettering your emotional health or practicing self-compassion? Join the Fenway Community Center’s free guided meditation class, led by Fenway residents and licensed instructors, Pallavi and Vaibhav from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for the Zoom link.

Free First Thursdays at the Gardner

Enjoy the Isabella Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way with free admission from 3 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month with reserved tickets.

Visit www.gardnermuseum.org for more information and reservations.

BCYF programs and services                                                         

The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities, recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.

Virtual YMCA                                                                     

Go anytime, anywhere with an all-access pass to health and fitness from the YMCA of Greater Boston which includes access to all YMCAs across the Commonwealth. 

Get the full YMCA GO experience for free.

Go to ymcago.org for more information and registration.

The Boston Cyclists Union                                                                          

The Boston Cyclists Union invites people to get involved and join a working group or committee.

– Volunteer working groups (Activist Group and Programming Group) meet monthly and play an important role in planning and organizing the Bike Union programs and campaigns. Participation in these groups offers a more active, “on-the-ground” influence than traditional volunteer opportunities.

– The three board committees (Development, Finance and Operations, and Governance) support the staff in long-term planning and strategy. Each committee meets monthly.

All meetings are open to all interested parties. Dates and locations along with other information can be found on their website at https://bostoncyclistsunion.org.

Donate blood and save a child’s life

Donating blood is the easiest way to save a child's life. Donate blood or platelets at the Children's Blood Donor Center at 333 Longwood Ave. – an independent collection facility serving the needs of the pediatric patients in the Longwood Medical Area.

Appointments preferred, but walk-ins are welcome (subject to staffing and availability) during hours of operation (every day except Mondays).

To schedule an appointment, go to www.halfpints.childrenshospital.org or phone 617-355-6677.

Free meals/food resource information                               

Boston Eats will provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under – through 2021. No ID or registration required.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other information is also included.

Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

Contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.

East/West Fens food distribution

Fenway Cares will hold a bi-weekly fresh food distribution from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on select Wednesdays in West Fenway at the Fenway Community Center (1282 Boylston St.) and East Fenway at Symphony Community Park (39 Edgerly Rd.). 

If you are immunocompromised or physically unable to pick up a box at either location, you can request a produce box be dropped off at your building by a Fenway Cares volunteer.

Sign up at bit.ly//FenwayCaresFood. The same form can also be used to sign up to volunteer.

Lifeboat Food Pantry                                                                       

The Lifeboat Food Pantry will be held at 105 Jersey St. from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays. All community residents experiencing food insecurity are welcome. 

Visit www.lifeboatboston.org/mission, email LifeboatBoston@gmail.com or phone 617-383-9864 for more information on this and other programs offered.

BSO and Pops at home        

The BSO offers a wide variety of audio and video options of some of their greatest performances in Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood.

There will also be video tutorials with BSO musicians created to support students and at-home learning along with some behind the scenes videos from BSO musicians and conductors (sharing life off-stage) featuring anecdotes, personal reflections and insights, and short informal performances.

These offerings are available at www.bso.org/athome and the BSO YouTube and Social Media Channels.

Museum of Fine Arts at home fun                                     

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world with a collection that exemplifies the breadth, richness and diversity of artistic expression, prehistoric times to modern day.

Follow #MuseumFromHome hashtag for videos of gallery tours, lectures and artists interviews.

And for fun facts check out twitter.com/Victoria_S_Reed courtesy of MFA’s curator.

Visit mfa.org for more details.

Gardner at Home

To explore the Gardner Museum while staying cozy at home, check out their virtual museum tours, collections and courtyard along with a suite of free digital programs.

Visit gardnermuseum.org and follow them on their social media platforms.

Support the parks – give the gift of membership                                                 

Give the gift of membership to ensure that the beloved parks - the Boston Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall - remain icons of Boston and continue to receive the protection, care and management that they need.

Donations can be made at friendsofthepublicgarden.org.

Fenway Cares                                                                       

Fenway Cares is a joint effort by local organizations (Fenway Alliance, Fenway CDC, Fenway Civic Association, Fenway Community Center, Operation P.E.A.C.E. / Peterborough Senior Center) that gathers and shares information with the Fenway neighborhood as well as pairs volunteers and services with those in need.

To learn more, visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org, email FenwayCares@fenwaycommunitycenter.org or phone 617-446-3949.

Visit bit.ly/FenwayCaresIntake to offer support, request assistance or share information.