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Acclaimed organ solo artist Douglas Major performs Sunday in Beverly.

Acclaimed organ solo artist Douglas Major performs Sunday in Beverly.

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Beverly: An internationally recognized organ solo artist, Douglas Major has toured throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East. From 1974 through spring 2002, he was organist and choirmaster of the Washington National Cathedral. He now lives in Salem. Sunday, 4 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, 705 Hale St. Free. 978-927-0229.

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Beverly: This month marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and February is Black History Month. At Beverly Public Library, learn the little-known story of Beverly’s 18th- and 19th-century black families. By examining town and court records, deeds, letters, and memoirs, historian Terri McFadden has pieced together facts about this early population in Beverly, with particular focus on the Larcom-Thistle family, who started out as slaves and claimed their freedom during the American Revolution. Monday, 9:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. Free. 978-921-6062,

Salisbury: Gin Blossoms breakout record “New Miserable Experience” catapulted its rise to fame and kept the band on the charts for almost three years with singles “Hey Jealousy,” “Allison Road,” “Until I Fall Away,” “Mrs. Rita,” and “Found Out About You.” The band’s most recent album, 2010’s “No Chocolate Cake,” lands Gin Blossoms back on the singles chart with “Miss Disarray.” Friday, 8 p.m., Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Oceanfront North. $29. 978-462-5888,

Winchester: “Music to Warm the Heart” is the Winchester Community Music School’s annual Faculty Chamber Music Concert, an afternoon of chamber music performed by talented WCMS faculty. Music will include works by Brahms, Bruch, Purcell, and Massenet. Performers include Glenn Dickson, clarinet; Melissa Glaister, soprano; Alex Vavilov, viola; Nick Upton, cello; Olga Talroze, piano; Jennifer Choe, piano; and Heather Bissell, piano. Sunday, 3 p.m., Winchester Community Music School, 407 Highland Ave. $15. 781-721-2950,

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