Fenway neighborhood notes
Persian New Year
The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., will celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year festival to mark 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 at 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.
Massachusetts College of Art and Design will welcome filmmaker, producer and continuing education instructor Michael Sheridan at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 in the Kennedy Building, 631 Huntington Ave., as part of the lecture series featuring MassArt artists and scholars.
Sheridan will present a lecture and screening of excerpts from two films in the New Immigrant and Refugee Visions project. The first, made by Qin Li and edited by Alex Morelli, tells the story of Indian immigrants whose daughter is campaigning to be elected as the first woman of color on the city council of Revere. The second was made by Abdirahman Abdi and edited by Peter Rhodes; Abdi’s film tells the story of tells the story of a Somali family living in Roxbury dealing with intergenerational conflict about how to balance maintaining traditions with embracing American culture
Light refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.
For more information, visit www.massart.edu or call 617-879-7200.
Role of parks
The community is invited to the annual general meeting and keynote speech of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 at the Landmark Center, 401 Park Dr.
In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the meeting will feature “Parks as Infrastructure for Living,” a series of succinct presentations from area thought leaders on the multifaceted role of parks in the urban setting. Topics will include water, infrastructure, access, art and common ground.
The program will start at 6 p.m., followed by a reception. It is free and open to the public.
Further information can be found by calling 617-522-2700 or online at www.emeraldnecklace.org.
The Celebrity Series of Boston will host Bent Knee in concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 at Berklee College of Music, 160 Massachusetts Ave.
Bent Knee, a Boston-based, six-piece experimental rock band, will be joined by the Boston Conservatory at Berklee Percussion Ensemble.
Admission is $35.
Call 617-266-1400 or visit www.berklee.edu to purchase tickets and for more information.
Music of Bach
The Handel and Hayden Society will perform “Mass in B minor” by J.S. Bach at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 23 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 25 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.
Bach’s “Mass in B minor” ranks as a supreme achievement in Western music, a musical setting of the complete Ordinary of the Latin Mass. It was one of Bach’s last compositions, not completed until the year before his death. Since the 19th century it has been widely hailed as one of the greatest compositions in musical history, and today it is frequently performed and recorded.
For more details and to purchase tickets, visit www.handelandhaydn.org or call 617-266-3605.