Back Bay-Midtown neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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Paintings talk, tour

The Gibson House Museum, 137 Beacon St., will present a talk and tour of the museum’s painting collection at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 29.

This tour will focus on select portraits, landscapes and copies of Old Master European paintings, highlighting artists such as Chester Harding, William Morris Hunt, Samuel T. Coleman and others. Ed Gordon, director of public programs, will discuss the known and probable provenance of the works and talk about the way specific interiors dictate the types of subject matter.

Tickets are $10 for members and $12 for non-members. Pre-registration is required, by calling 617-267-6338 or by sending an email to

April in Paris

The Chamber Orchestra of Boston will present the final concert of the 2016-2017 season at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 at the First Church Boston, 66 Marlborough St.

The evening will feature a feast of music by French composers, including Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun,” Honegger’s “Pastoral d’été” and Faure’s beautiful “Pavane,” all in intimate arrangements for chamber orchestra. Baritone Paul Soper will return to the COB with songs by Poulenc and a few from the days of the Moulin Rouge.

A reception with the hors d’oeuvres and wine and a chance to mingle with the artists will follow the concert.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-266-1626.

Opera production

Boston Lyric Opera’s production of Mozart’s classic “The Marriage of Figaro” will be held at 3 p.m. on Sundays, April 30 and May 7 and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3 and Friday, May 5 at the Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley St.

The opera follows the schemes of Count Almaviva as he attempts to stop the wedding of Figaro to Susanna, whom the Count wants for himself.

Tickets are $25 to $175 and can be purchased at or by calling 617-542-6772.

Alley Rally

The Friends of the Clarendon Street Playground will host the 50th annual “Alley Rally” from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 29, as part of the “Love Your Block” citywide cleanup, meeting at Clarendon Street at Commonwealth Avenue.

Volunteers will meet at the playground for a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and then divide into teams to clean alleys and side streets, followed by lunch at noon. All ages are welcome.

For more information, call 617-839-7185 or visit

Classical afternoon

The Hammond Performing Arts Series will present the next concert in the series at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 30 in the Gordon Chapel at Old South Church, 645 Boylston St.

Violinist Sarita Kwok, cellist Alexandre Lecarme and pianist Melinda Lee Masur will perform in a free concert.

Visit or call 617-587-4622 for more information.

Portraits of artists

The French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St., is hosting “RAW: Portraits of Artists,” photographs by Bernar Venet, now through Tuesday, May 2.

This intimate exhibit features a selection of previously unpublished photographs of icons of art in the 1960s, such as Warhol, Rauschenberg and Indiana, taken by Venet almost all by chance, a mix of historical evidence and friendly instantaneous moments. Throughout the years, Venet collected works by these artists who he knew and with whom he socialized, many of who were his friends.

The exhibition is free, but reservations are recommended. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

For more information and to make a reservation, call 617-912-0400 or visit

Lincoln and his governors

The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., will present “A Conversation about Lincoln and His Loyal Governors During the Civil War” at noon on Wednesday, May 3.

Stephen Engle of Florida Atlantic University will discuss his recent book “Gathering to Save a Nation: Lincoln and the Union’s War Governors” and how it led to his current project, a biography of Massachusetts Governor John Albion Andrew. He will explore the relationship between the federal government and the northern states as seen through the lens of Union governors.

Admission is free. For more details, call 617-646-0578 or visit

Student concert

Students from Berklee College of Music will perform in concert from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3 in the Gordon Chapel at Old South Church, 645 Boylston St.

Admission is free. Further details can be found at or by calling 617-536-1970.

Mansion tour

A public one-hour tour of the Ayer Mansion, 395 Commonwealth Ave., which showcases the striking interior and exterior embellishments designed and created by Louis Comfort Tiffany, will be offered at noon on Wednesday, May 3.

Reservations are required and a $10 donation is requested to help with the ongoing restoration costs.

To make a reservation, send an email to or call 617-536-2586.

Researching WWI vets

The New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., will outline “Researching World War I Veteran Ancestors” at noon on Friday, May 5.

Researching World War I veterans presents unique challenges, as a 1973 fire destroyed 16 to 18 million U.S. Army personnel records of those who served from 1912 to 1960. Participants will learn how they can start to reconstruct an ancestor’s service by using draft registration cards and enlistments, the US census, discharge papers, unit histories and more.

Registration is required for this free program, by calling 888-296-3447 or online at

Art exhibit

The Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury St., will host the annual Members’ Juried Exhibition from May 6 to 27 in the President’s Gallery.

An opening reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, and a juror’s panel will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. An art talk will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 18.

Visit or call 617-536-7660 for more details.

Art exhibition

The New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University is displaying “Terra Incognita” now to May 10 at the gallery at 75 Arlington St.

The four artists in the show transform their materials through process and personal reflection in a form of navigation and the impulse to the chart their journey is how they map the world.

Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Call 617-573-8785 or visit for more information.

Organ concerts

Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon St., will present organ concerts featuring innovative programs by recitalists from across the nation and abroad at 12:15 p.m. on Fridays in May.

Performers will include Rosalind Mohnsen, Raymond Nagem, Ondrej Hornas and Nicholas Bideler. There is no charge for admission, but donations are welcome.

Call 617-536-0944 or visit for more information.

Bach cantatas

The Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., is presenting the J. S. Bach cantatas at 10 a.m. on Sundays through May 21.

The orchestra and chorus of Emmanuel Music, conducted by Ryan Turner, will present weekly performances of the cantatas and motets of J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn and others.

For more information, call 617-536-3356 or visit

Library tours

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

For tours by appointment, call 617-536-5400, ext. 2216.