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Modern opera


The Boston Modern Orchestra Project will perform “Haroun and the Sea of Stories” by Charles Wuorinen at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainborough St.


Wuorinen’s opera “Haroun and the Sea of Stories” based on the novel of Salman Rushdie was premiered by the New York City Opera in 2004. Soloists will include Heather Buck, Stephen Bryant, Wilber Pauley, Michelle Trainor and Charles Blandy. One of the world’s leading composers, Wuorinen’s many honors include a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the Pulitzer Prize (the youngest composer to receive the award).


His compositions encompass every form and medium, including works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, soloists, ballet and stage. He has written more than 250 compositions to date.


More information is available at or by calling 617-585-1270.


Tribute concert


The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform in a Martin Luther King Jr. tribute concert at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 at the George Sherman Union, Boston University, 775 Commonwealth Ave.


Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Museum of African American History and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra will host the city’s annual tribute to Dr. King. Distinguished leaders will evoke the power and the promise of the civil rights hero and commemorate historical milestones.


Conductor Marta Zarud will lead student musicians from BYSO’s Intensive Community Program in an array of classical music, spirituals and freedom songs.


The day’s festivities culminate with the traditional audience sing-along.


Admission is free.


Visit  or call 617-725-0022 for more information.


Day of service


The Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, will host the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service from 11 a.m to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21.


The day will feature a series of community-building activities and performances with local luminaries dedicated to social justice and service. Performances will feature a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. by jazz musician and educator Gregory Groover, Jr., Latin jazz by 8 Legs, a New England Conservatory student quartet, and a traveling art installation created by French artist JR and TIME Magazine.


Attendees can also craft care packages for survivors of domestic violence served by the Elizabeth Stone House or plant a seed and support


The New Garden Society’s work providing horticulture training for incarcerated students in the Greater Boston area.


Call 617-566-1401 or visit for more information.


Dr. King tribute


The 16th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. tribute concert featuring the Boston Children’s Chorus will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave. A pre-concert reception will be held at 5 p.m.


In “She Persisted,” the chorus will tell the story of the Civil Rights Movement’s hidden women, from Coretta Scott King to Jo Ann Robinson of the Women’s Political Council of Montgomery. Women have long been the creators and backbone of movements and the concert will bring to light and celebrate the women who persisted and dreamed for a more just world.


Tickets to the concert are from $15 to $75 with an additional fee for the reception.


Further information is available at or by calling 617-778-2242.


Art and the community


A free community day will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.


The community is invited to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by surrounding themselves with art, culture and community.


The free admission will include entry to the many galleries as well as on-going family art-making activities, story hour, tours and talks.


The Boston City Singers will sing inspirational songs at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.


Visit for more information and a schedule of activities.


Choral performance


The Cantata Singers will continue their 55th season with a program of music by James Primosch, Béla Bartók and Arvo Pärt at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.


Featuring renowned oboist Peggy Pearson, Primosch’s “Matins” is a meditation on creation, brokenness and renewal that sets poetry by Mary Oliver and Gerard Manley Hopkins for solo oboe, chorus and string orchestra. Rounding out the program is Bartók’s engaging “Divertimento for Strings” and Pärt’s “Te Deum” for three choirs, prepared piano, strings and tape. Composer Primosch will give the pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. in Williams Hall.


Following the performance, all are invited to attend a free post-concert reception.


To purchase tickets and for more details, visit or call 617-868- 5885.


Children’s theater


Wheelock Family Theatre, 200 The Riverway, will perform “Ragtime!” by Terrence McNally and lyrics and music by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday from Jan. 25 through Feb. 17.


The musical is a kaleidoscopic journey of three distinct families, African American, Eastern European immigrants and upper class suburbanites, at the turn of the 20th century in New York City.


This is a story of immigration, innovation and “a dream of what this country could be.” It is recommended for ages 10 and older.


Tickets are $20 to $40.


For more information, visit or call 617-879-2300.


Mozart and Haydn


The Handel and Hayden Society will perform the music of Mozart and Haydn at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.


Solo violinist Aisslinn Nosky will perform Mozart’s “Violin Concerto No. 5.”


The period orchestra’s acclaimed cycle of Haydn symphonies will continue with “Symphony No. 99,” and the H+H Chorus will add luster to one of Haydn’s greatest Masses, the richly and colorfully scored “Harmoniemesse.”


For more details and to purchase tickets, visit or call 617-266-3605.