Fenway neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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The Nina von Maltzahn Global Touring Initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music will present “Fiddlefest” at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 16.

The program will feature works by Telemann, Takemitsu, Berio, Bartók, Prokofiev and Dancla. Violinist Ida Kavafian will be the guest soloist.

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.

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 18 to Friday, April 21 and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20.

The museum will offer art-making activities, dance performances, drumming, art walks, Chinese folk art, storytelling and more. Children are admitted free.

Visit www.mfa.org or call 617-267-9300 for more details and a complete schedule of activities.

Vacation activities

Free school vacation activities will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 19 to 21 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway.

Families can experience “Sounds of Spring” with sonic fun, engaging musical performances, hands-on art making in the education studio and fun activities in the historic Palace.

Hyde Square Task Force Musicians in Community will perform Afro-Latin percussion in Calderwood Hall on Thursday and pianist Nicolas Perez will perform in the courtyard on Friday.

Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and free for members and members of the U.S. military and their families. Patrons 17 and under always receive free admission.

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

Pop and R&B

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 the Fenway, will host a Third Thursday program from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20.

The evening will feature a performance by Stringalong, a pop/rock/R&B string duo consisting of Aaron Fried (cello) and Josh Knowles (violin). Trained at Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music, they cultivate a unique blend of classical, jazz, rock and pop to their fluid and improvisatory renditions of well-known contemporary songs.

Tickets include museum admission and are $15 general, $12 seniors and free for members and students. Call 617-566-1401 or visit www.gardnermuseum.org for more information.

Opera masterpiece

Boston Baroque will perform Handel’s operatic masterpiece “Giulio Cesare” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.

Soprano Susanna Phillips will return to Boston Baroque after her acclaimed performances last spring, this time making her role debut of Cleopatra. Countertenors Lawrence Zazzo and John Holiday will make their Boston Baroque debuts with Zazzo in the title role as Cesare and Holiday as Cleopatra’s brother Tolomeo.

For more details, visit www.bostonbaroque.org or call 617-4848-9200

‘Charlotte’s Web’

The Wheelock Family Theatre, 200 The Riverway, is presenting the children’s classic “Charlotte’s Web” at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and at 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays now 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.