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    The Harlem Gospel Choir.
    Harlem Gospel Choir
    The Harlem Gospel Choir.


    Beautiful ‘Noise’

    After attending a celebration honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Allen Bailey founded the Harlem Gospel Choir in 1986. Paying it forward, the ensemble pays tribute to Dr. King at Saturday’s “Joyful Noise Gospel Concert.” Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. $20, $10 students and seniors. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-491-2222.


    Trumpet trajectory Gospel, R&B, and funk steered Roy Hargrove into the music business. The Texas-born trumpeter listened to gospel in church and heard the rest on the radio. While still in school, Hargrove was discovered by Wynton Marsalis. The Roy Hargrove Quintet makes music at Scullers. (Story, Page 26.) Jan. 18 and 19 at 8 and 10 p.m. $35. Scullers Jazz Club at the DoubleTree Guest Suites Boston, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 617-562-4111.

    Ties that bond Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had several Boston ties including a degree from Boston University, the pulpit at Roxbury’s Twelfth Baptist, and a relationship with a New England Conservatory student, Coretta Scott. ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage screens films about King’s local ties and legacy at “Celebrate MLK,” which kicks off with “Freedom Riders”
    (6 p.m.) and “Talk to Me” (9 p.m.). Additional films through Jan. 20. $10, $7.50 seniors, $5 under 18 and students. Paramount Center, 559 Washington St.,
    Boston. 617-824-8400.


    How divine Frank Martin’s 1926 Mass for Double Choir was not performed in public for 48 years because, according to the composer, “it would be judged from a completely aesthetic point of view . . . the expression of religious sentiments, it seemed to me, ought to remain secret and have nothing to do with the public opinion.” This piece plus choral works by Anton Bruckner and Herbert Howells are sung by the Cantata Singers at “Divining the Incandescent.” 8 p.m. (pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m., post-concert reception). $17-$52, $10 students. First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St., Cambridge. 617-868-5885.

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    What might have been Imagine being a fly on the wall of a 1965 Harlem hotel room during a meeting between Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. You’ll have to settle for being in the audience at the Grimes Theatre Group production of Jeff Stetson’s “The Meeting,” an imagining of such an encounter. 8 p.m. $20, $15 students and seniors. Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., Cambridge. 617-577-1400.


    Seven-year itch? With seven seasons on “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” (which ends after this seventh season), we’re wondering if it was all part of a Tracy Morgan grand scheme. After all, we’re used to Tracy Jordan (his “30 Rock” character) schemes, including his goal to win the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony). Jan. 19 at 7 and 9:45 p.m. $45-$55. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.


    Holding court Victor Hugo’s “Le roi s’amuse” was the springboard for Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” a tale of deception and vendettas involving a hunchbacked court jester and the womanizing Duke of Mantua. The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras present the semi-staged production with the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus to celebrate the bicentennial of Verdi’s birth. Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. $30 and up (discounts available). Sanders Theatre,
    r45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-496-2222.