Fenway neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

Family concert

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra will collaborate in the last Boston Symphony Orchestra family concert of the season at noon on Saturday, April 29 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.

The theme of the program is “Presto Chango,” with guest performer magician Matt Roberts. The orchestra will play selections by Leonard Bernstein, Richard Rodgers, Aaron Copland, Edward Grieg, Peter Warlock and Gioachino Rossini.

Pre-concert activities, including an instrument playground and instrument demonstrations, will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 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

Muddy River cleanup

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy will host a cleanup of the Muddy River area from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 29, meeting at the Shattuck Emerald Necklace Visitor Center, 125 The Fenway.

Participants will join hundreds of volunteers who come together for the annual cleanup along the Muddy River and throughout the parks. A picnic will follow the morning’s activities.

Call 617-522-2700 or visit www.emeraldnecklace.org for further details.

World premiere

The New England Philharmonic Orchestra will present “A Child of Our Times” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave.

The highlight of the evening will be world premiere of Peter Child’s “Fanfare.” Also featured will be the “Violin Concerto No. 2” by David Rakowski, commissioned for the NEP, “Microsymph” by Sebastian Currier and the Boston premiere of “Oblivion” by Lilya Ugay. Violinist Danielle Maddon will be the guest soloist.

Further information can be found at www.nephilharmonic.org or by calling 855-463-7445

Healthy kids day

The Huntington Avenue YMCA, 316 Huntington Ave., will host a healthy kids day from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 29.

The festivities will include face painting, giant Connect 4, aquatic safety, nutrition with staff from Tufts University, games, exercise classes and more.

Admission is free. Call 617-927-8040 or visit www.ymcaboston.org for more information.

Art in bloom

The 41st annual festival of fine arts and flowers will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, April 29 through May 1 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.

The galleries of the MFA will be transformed by 50 floral arrangements inspired by the museum’s works of art from Asian sculptures to European paintings.

Community day will begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 30 with tours, performances and activities for people of all ages. Guided tours, lectures, tea with musical entertainment and floral demonstrations will take place Saturday and Sunday.

Renowned floral designer Ariella Chezar will offer master classes in floral design on Saturday and Sunday.

Art in Bloom is free with museum admission. Reservations are required for the floral demonstrations, teas and master classes. Tickets may be purchased online at www.mfa.org or by calling 617-369-3306.

Musical fundraiser

Music for Food will host a benefit concert for the Women’s Lunch Place at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 30 at Williams Hall, New England Conservatory, 30 Gainsborough St.

The evening will feature J.S. Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” and chorales arranged for string quartet and performed by the Borromeo String Quartet.

The suggested donation is $25 or $10 for students. Further information can be found at www.musicforfoodboston.org.

Stage and screen music

The Berklee Symphonic Winds will present a concert as part of Boston Jazz Week at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3 at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave.

The ensemble will present a concert for stage and screen, featuring the music of Eric Coates, “West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein and “An American in Paris” by George Gershwin.

Admission is free. Visit www.berklee.edu or call 617-617-747-2261 for further information.

Art and music

The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., will host a “First Friday” program from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, May 5.

Fine art, live music, a cash bar featuring signature cocktails and a tapas menu will be featured.

Visitors must be 21 and older with valid I.D. Entry is free with museum admission.

Visit www.mfa.org or call 617-267-9300 for more details.

Handel opera

The Handel and Haydn Society will perform George Frideric Handel’s opera “Semele” from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, May 5 and 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 7 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.

The period instrument orchestra and chorus will perform Handel’s bold opera with its satrical insights into lust, ambition, power and marital infidelity. This is the first H+H performance of this opera since 1999. It will feature Sarah Tynan, soprano, Jeremy Budd, tenor, Matthew Brook, bass-baritone and Tim Mead, countertenor.

Visit www.handelandhaydn.org or call 617-266-3605 for more information.

Back Bay Fens tour

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy will host a free walking tour of the Fens from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, 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 from an area of polluted waterways and mudflats into a scenic fens and talk about the changes made in the 20th century.

Call 617-522-2700 or visit www.emeraldnecklace.org for further details.

Latin sounds

Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion, World Music CRASHarts and Berklee College of Music will host an evening with Draco Rosa at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave.

Rosa is a multi-Grammy winning Puerto Rican singer, composer, musician and record producer. He is the writer of many platinum pop hits, including “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” “She Bangs,” “La Copa de La Vida” and “Shake Your Bon Bon.” Tickets are $28 to $48.

For more details and to purchase tickets, call 617-747-2261 or visit www.ibaboston.org.

Benefit concert

The Longwood Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of Boston’s medical community, will present an evening of music from 8 to 10 on Saturday, May 6 at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.

The program will include works by Strauss, Guonod, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, Leonard Bernstein, Andre Previn, Aaron Copland and George Gershwin, with soloists Yelena Dudochkin and Claire Leyden, sopranos, and baritone Philip Lima.

Tickets range from $15 to $45. Proceeds will benefit the non-profit organization Equal Health and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Visit www.longwoodsymphony.org or call 617-987-0100 to purchase tickets and for more details.

‘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 through 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.