Fenway neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
The Museum of Fine Arts at 465 Huntington Ave. is the fifth largest museum in the United States. It contains more than 450,000 works of art. Learn more at www.mfa.org.

Day at the museum

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, will host the annual Frank Hatch Free Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 3.

A museum tradition since 2003, this is a day of free art, music and family fun with hands-on making in the studio, activities in the galleries and performances in Calderwood Hall and the courtyard. Hatch was a longtime museum trustee and Boston arts supporter.

Entrance is on a first come, first served basis, but due to capacity limits, the museum can admit only a specific number of visitors at once. Entry is timed for every 30 minutes, beginning at 11a.m. and ending at 4 p.m.

For further information, visit www.gardnermuseum.org or call 617-278-5156.

Improvisation concert

The New England Conservatory will present a contemporary improvisation opening night concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at Brown Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.

The Contemporary Improvisation Department will open up the year with a faculty concert, featuring performances by Ran Blake, Hankus Netsky, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Joe Morris, Nima Janmohammadi, Jerry Leake, Lautaro Mantilla and more.

Admission is free.

Visit www.necmusic.edu or call 617-617-266-1400 for further details.

Music for the French harp

The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., will host an evening of music for the French harp from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Local musician Nancy Hurrell will perform a variety of musical pieces from the 18th century on the museum’s French harp, made by Godefroi Holtzman, Paris, about 1785.

Admission is free with museum admission.

For more details, call 617-267-9300 or visit www.mfa.org.

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. Friday, Sept. 7.

Attendees can sip colorful cocktails and enjoy music with friends. Fine art, live music, a cash bar featuring signature cocktails and a tapas menu will be featured.

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

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

Afternoon concerts

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, will present A Far Cry, the Gardner’s resident chamber orchestra, in concert at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 and at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9.

The ensemble will kick off the fall season with Leonard Bernstein’s “Agathon,” from “Serenade after Plato’s Symposium;” Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition;” “Botticelli Triptych” by Ottorino Respighi; “Mother and Child” from “Suite for Violin and Piano” by William Grant Still; and Jessica Meyer’s world-premiere Gardner Museum commission written in response to works in the Gardner collection.

Violinist Tai Murray will be the special guest musician.

Tickets are $31 adults, $28 seniors, $19 members and $15 students and children, ages 7 to 17, and include general admission to the museum’s galleries and the special exhibition gallery.

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

Tuesdays with roses

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy is looking for volunteers to help take care of the roses in the Kelleher Rose Garden in the Back Bay Fens from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sept. 25.

Training, tools and gloves will be supplied. Pre-registration is required, by calling 617-522-2700 or online at www.emeraldnecklace.org.