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Concerts in the courtyard

The Berklee College of Music will present outdoor concerts in the courtyard at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8 and at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10 in the McKim courtyard at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.

Abigail Lim-Kimberg will entertain on Wednesday with Grupo Fastasia Quartet on Friday. Lim-Kimberg is a harpist, songwriter and composer who appears at an array of venues around New England and the Bay Area. Her indie-folk music has touches of jazz, rock and pop influences and is inspired by multiculturalism.

Grupo Fantasia, with musicians from all over the world, has performed at the Calle Ocho Festival in Miami and toured extensively throughout the Northeast. Fantasia has won many awards, including the 1993 Expose Award for Best Spanish Band and the 2009 winner of the New England Urban Music Award for Best Latin Band.

Call 617-536-5400 or visit for more information.

Introduction to genealogy

The New England Historical Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., will host a new visitor tour at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

Attendees will learn about the resources available at the research facility as they tour the building and meet the expert staff. The NEHGS is the largest and oldest genealogy library and archive in the country, with more than 15 million artifacts, records, books, manuscripts, photographs and more. Attendees are welcome to use any of the resources after the tour. Registration is not required.

Visit or call 617-536-5740 for more information.

Bombay / Yankee connections

The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., will present “The World Becomes Round: Cultural and Commercial Connections between Bombay, Parsis and Yankees, 1771- 1861” at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

Jennifer Rose of Claremont Graduate University will focus on the commercial and cultural connections between New Englanders and Parsis in Bombay from the 1770s to the 1850s. Commercially, the Parsis began to act as agent-brokers for Massachusetts merchants in the late 1780s.

But Parsi Zoroastrian religious ideas and rituals were already known to at least a few readers in New England by spring of 1772, when the first European translations of Zoroastrian texts were sent, at Benjamin Franklin’s recommendation, to the Redwood Athenaeum’s librarian.

Admission is free for members.

Registration is required, by calling 617-646- 0560 or online at

Orchestral performance

The Boston Tanglewood Institute will present the Young Artists Orchestra at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 8 and 9 at Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon St.

Members of the orchestra will perform a concert of chamber music. Admission is free.

Visit or call 617.353.3350 for further information.

Interior architecture exhibit

The New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University will display the Graphic Design Graduate Thesis exhibit at the gallery at 8 Ashburton Place, from Aug. 8 to 24.

An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10.

This gallery show exhibits the thesis work of the graduate students in the Masters in Graphic Design program. The culmination of the MAGD degree requires a project of the student’s own research, development and documentation. Through design, students solve problems evident in our cultural marketplace.

Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Call 617-573-8785 or visit for more information.