Fenway neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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Fenway Studios is a limited-equity artist cooperative in Boston. It’s building at 30 Ipswich St., constructed in 1905, is owned and managed by the resident artists. FSI is the oldest continuous artist building in the country and is a designated National Historic Landmark. To learn more, visit http://fenwaystudios.org.

Anniversary gala

The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra will host its 60th anniversary gala at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.

The evening will honor the members of the community who have contributed to the success of the BYSO, including Mayor Martin J. Walsh; Boston University College of Fine Arts; George Keches, president emeritus of the BYSO; and Robert Beaser, Class of 1972.

The live and silent auctions will feature vacation packages to Italy, the Berkshires and the Vineyard, jewelry and luggage, cases of wine, family portraits, Red Sox and Patriots experiences, a walk-on role in a BYSO opera and much more.

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

Benefit concert

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

The orchestra will perform Beethoven’s “Coriolan Overture, Op. 62,” “Symphony No. 6 in F Major (Pastorale)” and “Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major,” with pianist Anna Polonsky.

Tickets range from $15 to $45. Proceeds will benefit the non-profit organization, College Behind Bars.

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

Music of Brahms

The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., will welcome Handel and Haydn Society principals Susanna Ogata, Guy Fishman and Ian Watson in an all-Brahms concert from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 11.

Brahms composed sonatas and trios for piano and strings for the finest musicians of his time to perform. The string instruments on which they played resembled those of the turn of the century far more than strings of today. In contrast, after the late 1860s, the piano had come to resemble the form audiences are accustomed to seeing today. The trio will present an all-Brahms program on exactly such instruments, contrasting the modern with the arcane and producing a combination of sounds rarely heard since the 1920s.

Admission is $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

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

Family concert

Boston Musica Viva will present its annual family concert “Young Heroes of Folklore” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 11 at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave.

The program will feature the world premiere of a ballet rooted in Celtic folklore, “The Wrong Child” by Barbara White, featuring the Northeast Youth Ballet and narrator Joyce Kulhawik; and “The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses” by Bruce Adolphe, based on the award-winning Native American song of the same name, and featuring the Boston City Singers.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $10 for students and children.

Further information can be found at www.bmv.org or by calling 617-354-6910.

Museum after hours

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, will host “Heaven is a Place on Earth,” the next Third Thursday event, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15.

Inspired by the “Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth” exhibit, the evening will feature musical performances, gallery activities, hands-on art making, a cash bar and more.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors; $5 for students and free for members. Students in the University Membership Program are admitted free.

Call 617-566-1401 or visit www.gardnermuseum.org for more information.

Persian New Year

The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., will celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year festival marking the first day of spring, from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 17.

Attendees will explore Persian arts and culture through demonstrations, tours and talks, music, art making, and dance performances including performances by Persian classical vocalist and musician Sepideh Raissadat. Shooka Afshar and her Sarzameen Ensemble will perform in concert with artists Bahareh and Farzenah Safarani.

Festivities will also include story hours and demonstrations for the whole family, Persian-inspired food, tours and talks in English and Persian and a traditional Haft-Seen display on view. Ethnic clothing is encouraged.

For programs with limited capacity, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. All events are free with museum admission.

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

Music of ABBA

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will present “ABBA solutely Fabulous” at 3 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 18 at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.

Concert-goers can have the time of their lives listening to “Super Trouper,” “Waterloo,” “I Have a Dream,” “Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man after Midnight),” “Thank You for the Music,” “Lay All Your Love On Me,” “Mama Mia,” “Dancing Queen” and much more.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.bgmc.org/concerts or call 617-542-7464.

Celebrating Leonard Bernstein

The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., will present “Leonard Bernstein: In Words and Song” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 18.

In collaboration with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the MFA, the Florestan Recital Project will pay tribute to legendary 20th century American composer Leonard Bernstein, famed for his orchestral, theatrical and vocal works. They will perform a range of Bernstein’s music from early works to his final songs, interspersed with recitations from his correspondence and other written records that give a fuller picture of Bernstein’s creative process and innovative work. Musicians will include Mara Bonde, soprano, Aaron Engebreth, baritone, and Alison d’Amato, pianist, with narration by Brian McCreath of WGBH

Admission is $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

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

String quartet to perform

The Borromeo String Quartet will perform in concert at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 18 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway.

The Gardner’s artists-in-residence will perform selections by Shostakovich, Brahms and Mendelssohn in a celebration of New England Conservatory’s 150th anniversary.

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

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