Fenway neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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Benefit art auction

The 28th annual benefit art auction for Massachusetts College of Art and Design will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8 at the Bakalar and Paine galleries, 621 Huntington Ave.

Internationally and nationally known artists, emerging artists, MassArt alumni, faculty and students will be represented in this show. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the live auction at 8 p.m. The silent auctions will remain open throughout the evening. Festivities will also include hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and more.

Proceeds will benefit MassArt’s student scholarships and academic programs.

Call 617-879-7014 or visit www.massartauction.org for more information.

Musical manners

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra will collaborate on the second in the season’s Boston Symphony Orchestra family concerts at 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday, April 8 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.

The orchestras will perform “Common Courtesy: Minding Our Musical Manners” with works by Leonard Bernstein, Prokofiev, Dvorak, Vaughn Williams, Grieg and Saint-Saens.

Pre-concert activities, including an instrument playground and instrument demonstration, will be held from 9 to 10 a.m.

Children, ages 18 and under, are admitted free; tickets for adults are $20.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 617-266-1200 or visit www.bysoweb.org.

Classical duet

Olivier Stankiewicz and Alvise Sinivia will perform in concert at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 9.

Oboist Stankiewicz and pianist Sinivia will perform works by Schumann, Martinu, Janáček, Wolpe, Silvestrini and Dutilleux, as well as a new work by Tonia Ko.

Tickets include general admission to the museum’s galleries and the special exhibition gallery.

Visit www.gardnermuseum.org or call 617-566-1401 for more information and to purchase tickets.

Musicians at work

The New England Conservatory Musicians at Work series will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11 at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.

Founder and artistic director Betsy Hinkle and executive director Nancy Galluzzo of musiConnects will share thoughts on performing, teaching and creative place making in musiConnects 10th year.

Musicians at Work is a series free events featuring conversations with musicians who are creating their own opportunities and taking initiative to make their musicianship relevant to society.

Admission is free. Call 617-522-0043 or visit www.musiconnects.org for further details.

Science symposium

Boston Harbor Now will host a science symposium from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11 and 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12.

Tuesday’s program will include water quality monitoring on the Charles River, a trip to the New England Aquarium, a boat tour focused on climate adaptation on the waterfront and a boat trip on science in the Boston Islands.

On Wednesday, a series of lectures and panel discussions will be held at Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave., exploring topics including the history of Boston Harbor, the harbor cleanup and Climate Ready Boston. Dr. Anne Giblin, interim director, Marine Biological Laboratory Ecosystems Center, will give the keynote address.

Admission is $20 general and $10 for students. There is an additional charge for the boat-based trips.

For a complete schedule and information on registering, visit www.bostonharbornow.org or call 617-223-8667.

Noted musician to speak

The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., will host Angélique Kidjo in “Spirit Rising: Live Your Dream” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12.

Three-time Grammy-winning singer, activist and humanitarian Kidjo is considered one of the most important international musicians of our time. The audience will hear her speak about her life, work and activism in this unique evening. She has sold out Carnegie Hall; topped the Billboard charts; collaborated with Alicia Keys, Bono and Philip Glass; and has been personally requested to perform by President Barack Obama. She speaks out for human rights and female empowerment as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Tickets are $32 for members and $40 for non-members.

Visit www.mfa.org/programs/music or call 617-267-9300 for more information.

‘Charlotte’s Web’

The Wheelock Family Theatre, 200 The Riverway, will present the children’s classic “Charlotte’s Web” at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and at 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from April 14 to May 14. Performances on Friday, May 12 and Sunday, May 14 will be interpreted in ASL and audio-described.

Based on the beloved book by E.B. White, the play tells the tale of friendship and loyalty as spider Charlotte works a miracle with her web to save the young pig Wilbur.

For more information, visit www.wheelockfamilytheater.org or call 617-879-2300.

Nasturtium display

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, has opened its hanging nasturtiums display. The display will continue until the end of April and is free with museum admission.

Each April in honor of Gardner’s birthday, the museum heralds the arrival of spring with an installation of hanging nasturtiums, featuring 20-foot-long nasturtium vines and their orange blossoms cascading from the third floor balconies to the courtyard.

The annual display continues a tradition started by Gardner during the week before Easter, marking the return of color to Fenway Court.

Further information can be found by calling 617-566-1401 or online at www.gardnermuseum.org.