Fenway neighborhood notes
The 43rd annual Gardeners’ Gathering will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 31 at Shillman Hall, 115 Forsyth St.
The festivities will include gardening workshops and demonstrations for community and residential gardeners, beginners as well as experienced gardeners, networking, lectures, door prizes, information gallery, community garden awards and more. More than two-dozen workshops will be held, including beekeeping, seed starting and composting.
All are welcome to this free program with walk-in registration starting at 10 a.m.
A keynote address and breakfast will be held at 10 a.m. Guest speaker Rev. Dr. Heber M. Brown III, a community organizer, beginner farmer, social entrepreneur and senior pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore. In 2015, he launched the Black Church Food Security Network that combats food apartheid by providing seed funding and support to help congregations grow food on church-owned land.
This program is free and open to all.
For more information and a complete schedule, visit www.thetrustees.org or call 617-542-7696.
The Berklee College of Music will host the ninth annual “Curtain Up” theatrical concert at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3 at the Berklee Performance Hall, 136 Massachusetts Ave.
The concert will showcase new original musical theater songs written, orchestrated and performed by Berklee students and alumni and celebrate the winners of the Curtain Up musical theater songwriting contest. This entertaining show dazzles with singing actors, a 10-piece band and overflow crowds.
Admission is $8 in advance or $12 at the door, with discounts for students, staff, seniors and children.
Call 617-266-1400 or visit www.berklee.edu for more information.
The Borromeo String Quartet will host an open rehearsal from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 2 and 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4 and Thursday, April 5 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway.
The Gardner’s artists-in-residence will rehearse Mozart’s “Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K, 581.”
Admission is free with museum admission.
Visit www.gardnermuseum.org or call 617-566-1401 for further information and to purchase tickets.
‘The Fairy Queen’
The Handel and Hayden Society will perform “The Fairy Queen” by English composer Henry Purcell at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 6 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 8 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.
“The Fairy Queen” is a masque or semi-opera set to an anonymous adaptation of William Shakespeare’s comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” as seen through Queen Titania’s eyes. Purcell’s vivid and colorful music with ingenious dramatic effects make for a fresh-and-fun riff on the Shakespeare classic.
This is an encore of the summer 2017 Tanglewood performance.
For more details and to purchase tickets, visit www.handelandhaydn.org or call 617-266-3605.
Benefit art auction
The 29th annual benefit art auction for Massachusetts College of Art and Design will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7 at the Bakalar and Paine galleries, 621 Huntington Ave.
Public preview days will be from noon to 7 p.m. from Saturday, March 31 to Friday, April 6.
Internationally and nationally known artists, emerging artists, MassArt alumni, faculty and students will be represented in this show. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the silent auction with the live auction at 8 p.m. The silent auctions will remain open throughout the evening. Festivities will also include hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and more.
Proceeds will benefit MassArt’s student scholarships and academic programs.
For more information, call 617-879-7014 or visit www.massartauction.org.
The Boston Children’s Chorus will perform “Coming of Age ” at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway.
The chorus will perform music that celebrates their coming of age. Cultures around the world celebrate a young person’s transition from childhood into adulthood with rites of passages and ceremonies to mark these momentous occasions, from the tree of life ceremony associated with the Quinceañera, in which a young woman gives a candle to 15 people who have made an impact on her 15 years of life, to the haftarah reading during a man’s Bar Mitzvah.
Tickets are $31 and $36 general admission, with discounted tickets for members, seniors, students and children, and can be purchased online at www.gardnermuseum.org or by calling 617-566-1401.
The 14th annual Taste of Ginger fundraiser will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday, April 9 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.
The fundraiser will bring together the area’s most renowned and celebrated chefs for a spectacular evening of trans-cultural cuisine. Attendees will meet some of the city’s most celebrated chefs, including Jasper White, Joanne Chang, Ming Tsai, Jose Duarte and more.
This annual culinary and cultural experience is held to promote awareness and raise funds for Asian American Diabetes Initiative at the Joslin Diabetes Center. The Moy family of China Pearl and Shojo restaurants are this year’s honorees.
For more details and to purchase tickets, visit www.joslin.org or call 617-309-2512.