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Classical concert

The orchestra and chorus of Emmanuel Music will kick off the new season with “All Hail St. Cecilia” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St.

The chorus and orchestra will perform a celebration of Benjamin Britten with two works, the “Hymn to St. Cecilia,” a beautiful and challenging a cappella showcase for the chorus, and “Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury.” They will also play “Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day” by Handel, one of the few Handel cantatas Emmanuel Music has never before performed.

Tickets range from $30 to $95. Student tickets are $10.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call 617-536-3356 or visit

Mansion tour

A public one-hour tour of the Ayer Mansion, 395 Commonwealth Ave., which showcases the striking interior and exterior embellishments designed and created by Louis Comfort Tiffany, will be offered at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Reservations are required as space is limited Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.

To make a reservation, visit or call 617-536-2586.

Kids’ movies

The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., will screen a series of free kids’ movies from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 23 and 30.

Featured will be the live action “Matilda” based on the best-selling book by Roald Dahl on Sept. 23; and “Paddington 2” starring Hugh Grant on Sept. 30.

Call 617-536-5400 for more information.

Banned together

The Boston Public Library and the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund will present “Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret” as a part of Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24 at the library, 700 Boylston St.

This celebration of songs and scenes from shows that have been censored or challenged on America’s stages was created to raise awareness around issues of censorship and free expression in the theater. The performances will feature selections from “Cabaret,” “Chicago,” “Fun Home,” “Vagina Monologues,” “Rent” and “Angels in America” among other notable works.

Admission is free.

Call 617-536-5400 for more information.

Massachusetts suffragists

Barbara F. Berenson will be the guest speaker at a free talk on women suffragists from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.

In the 19th century, Massachusetts was the center for the national struggle for women’s rights, as Lucy Stone and other abolitionists launched an organized suffrage movement at the first National Woman’s Rights Convention held in Worcester. After the Civil War, state activists founded the Boston-based American Woman Suffrage Association that led campaigns across the country. Berenson will explore how these activities laid the foundation for the next generation of suffragists to triumph over tradition.

Call 617-536-5400 for further details.

Early New England occupiers

The Partnership of the Historic Bostons will present “Protecting the Charter: Strategic Resistance in 17th Century Boston,” a free program as part of the annual Boston Charter Day celebrations, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the First Church Boston, 66 Marlborough St.

This compelling talk by Dr. Adrian Weimer will uncover the earliest acts of colonist resistance to the English crown.

Early New England colonists thought the state should conform to the needs of the people and the church and so in the 1660s, they successfully defied four royal commissioners who came to the colonies to enforce Charles II’s demands.

Throughout these events, the men and women of Massachusetts developed a constitutional culture that prioritized consent and also limitations on arbitrary rule.

An RSVP for this event is requested but not required, at

For more information and a schedule of further programming during the Charter Day celebrations, visit www.historicbostons.

‘Love letters from the Front’

The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., will present a musical program “Love Letters from the Front” with Bob DiCicco and Wendee Glick at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27.

The musicians will present a musical love story featuring stories of life, love and loss as told through the letters and music of World War II. Admission is free.

For more information, visit or call 617-536-5400.

Bach cantatas

Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., is presenting its 42nd season of the J. S. Bach Cantatas at 10 a.m. on Sundays now through May 12.

The orchestra and chorus of Emmanuel Music will present weekly performances of the cantatas and motets of J.S. Bach and others, conducted by Ryan Turner.

For more information, call 617-536-3356 or visit

Victorian Back Bay

Boston by Foot is offering 90-minute guided, walking tours of the Back Bay at 2:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. on Sundays, now through October. Walkers will meet the guide on the steps of Trinity Church at Copley Square.

Visitors will discover how the Back Bay, once a body of water, was filled in and how the neighborhood was developed in the mid-19th century to become one of the nation’s richest collections of art and architecture. The treasures of the Back Bay tour include Trinity Church, the Boston Public Library, Old South Church and the grand Back Bay townhouses.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $8 for children from ages 6 to 12 and free for members if purchased in advance or an additional $2 if purchased from the guide.

For more information, visit or call 617-237-2345.

Regional art exhibition

The Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury St., is hosting the annual Regional Juried Exhibition now to Sept. 29 in the President’s Gallery.

More than 30 landscapes, portraits and still life paintings will be on display.

Award winners will discuss their works at 2 p.m. with the public on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-536-7660 for more details.

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 on the web at

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