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String quartet Boston debut

The Attacca String Quartet will make their Boston debut in a program at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 21 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway. The program will feature “String Quartet in F Major,” by Haydn; Beethoven’s “String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor,” “Piano Anniversaries” by Leonard Bernstein and three works by Caroline Shaw, the youngest composer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize. Tickets range from $31 to $36, with discounts for members, seniors and students. Visit or by call 617-566-1401 for more details and to purchase tickets.

Opera production

Boston Baroque will perform Monteverdi’s masterpiece “L’incoronazione di Poppea” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St. Monteverdi’s stunning opera is a tale of intrigue and scandal in the court of the impetuous emperor Nero. A stellar cast, headed by Amanda Forsythe in the title role of Poppea, and, in his Boston Baroque debut, the acclaimed Anthony Roth Costanzo as Nero, will perform in this semi-staged production. Tickets range from $25 to $105. Visit or call 617- 4848-9200 for tickets and further information.

Healthy Kids Day

The Huntington Avenue YMCA, 316 Huntington Ave., will host a Healthy Kids Day from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. The festivities will include face painting, aquatic safety, nutrition information from representatives from the Health and Wellness department, games, Zumba, fitness classes, healthy snacks and more. Admission is free. Call 617-927-8040 or visit for more information.

Benefit art auction

The 30th annual benefit art auction for Massachusetts College of Art and Design will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at the Design and Media Center, MassArt, 621 Huntington Ave. 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

World premiere

The New England Philharmonic Orchestra will present “Elements” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave. The program will include “Overture to Beatrice et Benedict” by Berlioz; “Epilogue: In Memory of Jacob Druckman” by Yehudi Wyner; the United States premiere of “Roil in Stillness” by Angela Elizabeth Slater, winner of the NEP Call For Scores; “Violin Concerto” by Leos Janacik with guest soloist Danielle Maddon; and the world premiere of “Symphony No. 7” by David Rakowski. General admission is $40, $25 for seniors and $10 for students. Further information can be found at or by calling 855- 463-7445

Children’s theater

Wheelock Family Theatre, 200 The Riverway, is performing “James and the Giant Peach” based on the classic children’ book by Roald Dahl at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, now through May 12. ASL/AD performance will be held on May 5 and 12. This new musical adaptation of Dahl’s classic story will give the audience all of the delicious rhymes of the book with whimsical music and lyrics from the creative team behind “The Greatest Showman” and “Dear Evan Hansen.” James’ thrilling quest will lead him to discover family and home in the most unlikely of places. The play is recommended for children ages 6+. Tickets are $20 to $40. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 617-353-3001.