Fenway neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

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 p.m. 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.

Handel opera

The Handel and Haydn Society will perform George Frideric Handel’s opera “Semele” from 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.

Youth concert

The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra will present the Petit Ensemble in a free concert at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 7 at Boston University Concert Hall, 855 Commonwealth Ave.

The Petit Ensemble is a small orchestra of up to 40 members of the younger string players, ages 7 to 10, who have successfully finished at least Suzuki Book One for violin, viola, cello and bass.

Visit www.bysoweb.org or call 617-353-3348 for further details.

Handel opera

The Handel and Haydn Society will perform George Frideric Handel’s opera “Semele” from 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.

Art sale

The Massachusetts College of Art and Design will host its annual spring sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Sunday, May 7 to Saturday, May 13 at the Tower Building lobby, 621 Huntington Ave.

The sale will feature original works of ceramic, fibers, hand-blown glass, oil paintings, jewelry, photography, sculpture and more created by MassArt students and alumni. Profits will go to the artists and to support student scholarships.

Visit www.massart.edu or call 617-879-7710 for further information.

Spring gala

The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra’s seventh annual spring gala fundraiser “A Toast to Tomorrow” will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.

The gala will feature dinner, drinks and musical entertainment from the student orchestras. An online auction with items such as a four-day trip to Italy, Rhode Island getaway, club access to a Pats game, golf outings, tickets to “Hamilton” and more is available.

Call 617-266-1200 or visit www.bysoweb.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

Music and dance

The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., will present “Swarm” by Jacob Richman at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 11.

“Swarm” is a roving performance piece for musicians, dancers and audience-responsive electronics based on themes of insect-breeding swarms, environmental degradation and rebirth. They move and dance, and when the time is right, come together in an apocalyptic swarm.

This performance will take place in various locations throughout the Linde Family Wing starting at 6 p.m. and ending at 6:45 p.m. with a culminating performance near the stairway in gallery 16.

The performance is free with museum admission.

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

Evening at the Pops

The 31st annual “Evening at the Pops” to benefit the Joslin Diabetes Center will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 12 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.

The community is invited to a special evening with the Boston Pops and Keith Lockhart for “E.T. in Concert.” They will relive the magic of Steven Spielberg’s family adventure “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” one of the most popular films of all time.

The Boston Pops will perform John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score live while the movie plays on the big screen.

A VIP reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.

Visit www.joslin.org/giving or call 617-309-2531 to purchase tickets and for further details.

Music of the Shabbat

The Cantata Singers will perform music by Honegger, Wyner and Weiner at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 12 at the New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.

The season will conclude with Arthur Honegger’s colorful mini-oratorio “King David” paired with music by Yehudi Wyner and his father Lazar Weiner. The singers, joined by the women’s chorale Cantilena, will present the piece in the original French. The program will also include the “Torah Service” by Wyner for chorus, cantor, and brass ensemble, and songs and choral music by Weiner.

Tickets range from $25 to $69.

In lieu of a pre-concert talk, a Shabbat dinner to contextualize the evening’s program will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington Avenue YMCA at 316 Huntington Ave. Registration is required to attend the Shabbat dinner, and is available online at www.cnatatasingers.org or by calling 617-868-5885.

Following the performance, all are welcome at a free post-concert reception.

‘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.