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Chamber music

 

The Chamber Orchestra of Boston will present “Plain Song, Fantastic Dances” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 at the First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St.

 

The program will feature “Plain Song, Fantastic Dances,” Michael Gandolfi’s playful work for strings and winds and “Septet in Eflat, Op. 20” by Beethoven, a light-hearted work in the spirit of the 18th century serenade.

 

A complimentary reception with wine and appetizers will follow the concert. Tickets are $25 to $50, $15 for students.

 

To order tickets and for more details, visit www.chamberorchestraboston.org or call 617- 266-1626

 

Collections tour

 

The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., will host tours of the collections of the society at 10 a.m. on Saturdays.

 

Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the 90-minute tour focuses on the history and collections of the MHS.

 

The tour is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required for individuals or small groups. Parties of eight or more should contact the MHS.

 

Visit www.masshist.org or call 617-646- 0560 for further information.

 

Library tours

 

Boston Public Library volunteers will give art and architecture tours of the McKim Building, a National Historic Landmark, in its main building, constructed in 1895, throughout the week.

 

Highlights include the murals of John Singer Sargent, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes and Edwin Austin Abbey and the work of architect Charles Follen McKim.

 

Self-guided tours are available as well, and literature describing the architectural highlights is available at www.bpl.org/central/tours.htm.

 

For tours by appointment, call 617-536- 5400.

 

Carousel is open

 

The Rose F. Kennedy Conservancy’s Greenway carousel is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays through February.

 

This one-of-a-kind carousel features animals native to Boston such as lobster, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcon, turtle, oarfish, whale, rabbit, harbor seal and more. It was designed to be accessible to individuals with physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities.

 

Rides are $3 each or $25 for a book of 10. Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.