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World premiere

 

The New England Philharmonic Orchestra will present “The Big Bad Wolf” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Boston University Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave.

 

The orchestra will play “Prairie Night” and “Celebration” from “Billy the Kid” by Aaron Copland; “Big Bad Wolf” by Andy Vores; and “Little Red Riding Hood,” a world premiere and NEP commission by Bernard Hoffer. Joining the orchestra will be the Boston City Singers. Joyce Kulhawik will be the guest narrator.

 

General admission is $45, $30 for seniors and $15 for students.

 

Further information can be found at www.nephilharmonic.org or by calling 855- 463-7445.

 

Student art sale

 

The Massachusetts College of Art and Design will host its 35th annual holiday sale daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Sunday, Dec. 2 through Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Tower Building lobby, 621 Huntington Ave.

 

The sale features fine art and contemporary crafts from more than 150 MassArt alumni and students. There will be selections of ceramics, hand-blown glass, paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, fibers and jewelry. Proceeds will go to the artists and to support student scholarships.

 

Visit www.massart.edu or call 617-879- 7710 for more information.

 

Festival of Lights

 

The fifth annual “Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights” celebration will be held from 4:30 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. There will be a community candle lighting at 6:15 p.m. with the illumination of the artist-made menorah, marking the fourth night of Hanukkah.

 

Visitors can enjoy an evening of art and activities, including gallery tours to learn about the museum’s collection of Judaica, sketching in the galleries, music and storytelling, musical entertainment with Voice of the Turtle Dove, Jim Guttmann of the Klezmer Conservatory Band and Tsvey Brider (Two Brothers) and much more.

 

The evening is free with museum admission.

 

Visit www.mfa.org call 617-267-9300 for further details.

 

Percussive program

 

The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., will present Maria Finkelmeier in concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6. This program will feature new works from Finkelmeier’s new album, a multi-genre representation of her interest in a range of current sounds, blending a classical background with electronic beats and pop-inspired melodies.

 

The concert will also feature percussion quartets performed by Kadence Ensemble inspired by her large-scale score from “Know No,” a commission by the Boston Center for the Arts; marimba, drums and electronics works featuring Masary Studios; and a collaboration with saxophonist/poet Tim Hall.

 

Admission is free with museum admission.

 

Visit www.mfa.org/programs/music or call 617-267-9300 for more information.

 

Art lecture

 

Massachusetts College of Art and Design will host a panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 in the Trustees Room, Tower Building, 631 Huntington Ave. as part of the lecture series featuring MassArt artists and scholars.

 

Speakers Yo Ahn Han, Catarina Coelho and Andrew Fish will look at “Fine Arts 2D: Drawing in a Wired World.” Light refreshments will be served at 6 p.m.. The program is free and open to the public.

 

Visit www.massart.edu or call 617-879- 7200 for more information.

 

Art and music

 

A “First Friday” event will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.

 

The evening will feature fine art, a cash bar with signature cocktails, a tapas menu and live musical entertainment.

 

Visitors must be 21 and older. Entry is free with museum admission.

 

Visit www.mfa.org or call 617-267-9300 for more details.

 

‘Messiah’

 

Boston Baroque will perform Handel’s masterpiece “Messiah” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.

 

This annual tradition will feature the Boston Baroque debut of three artists: soprano Layla Claire, countertenor Eric Jurenas and tenor Norman Shankle. Joining them will be bass baritone Nathan Stark as well as the orchestra and chorus.

 

A pre-concert introduction will be held at 7 p.m.

 

For more details, visit www.bostonbaroque.org or call 617-4848-9200.