PICK OF THE DAY
Unafraid of ‘Heights’
There’s a hysterical line in this Tony-winning musical, but we won’t be a spoiler, so listen carefully to the high-energy “In the Heights” presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company. Set in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, there’s lots of sizzle and sentiment in this story about family and community. Pictured: Jared Dixon and Santina Umbach. 4 and 8 p.m. (through June 8). $25 and up, $25 for ages 25 and under, $5 student and senior discount. Stanford Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600. www.speakeasystage.com
Celebrating tonight Civil War soldiers from both sides sang “Tenting Tonight,” a reminder that they fought on the ground where they prayed. This and more will be sung by 30 voices of Musica Sacra at “A New Birth of Freedom.” The concert celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address, and Abraham Lincoln features pianist Jacqueline Schwab and students from Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. 8 p.m. $30 and $50, $15 students and seniors (10 percent of proceeds to One Fund Boston). First Church Congregational, 11 Garden St., Cambridge. 617-349-3400. www.musicasacra.org
Plenty of Plena
Plena is an Afro-Caribbean music and dance style from the working-class communities of Puerto Rico. The combination of traditional instruments and call-and-response singing is part of the “Plenazo Primaveral” benefit for the Charmaine Santiago Galdón emergency fund.
7 p.m. $35. Spontaneous Celebrations,
45 Danforth St., Jamaica Plain. 787-364-0198. www.jorgearce.org
Move over, General Motors Grandpa Bentley won’t be able to join you at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum, but his grandson will share stories about automotive history at “An Evening With David Northey, Grandson of W.O. Bentley.” In 1934, Northey’s grandmother married Walter Owen Bentley, who, in 1919, started a car-making business with his brother. 7 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton St., Brookline. 617-522-6547. www.larzanderson.org
Longwood and Li Lexington native George Li, a 17-year-old piano prodigy, will play Lukas Foss’s “Salomon Rossi” Suite, Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Stravinsky’s “Scherzo à la russe,” and Ravel’s “Daphnis e Chloé” Suite No. 2 with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. $30, $45; $25, $35 seniors; $15, $25 students (benefit for the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence). Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-987-0100.
Coming together This Mother’s Day concert of family music will benefit One Fund Boston and the city’s healing. The lineup at One Family Music Festival includes Alastair Moock & Friends, Ben Rudnick & Friends, Karen K & the Jitterbugs, and more. May 12 noon-
5 p.m. Free (donations encouraged). Exchange Conference Center, 212 Northern Ave., Boston. www.onefamilymusicfestival.com
They rock Kids who perform today at “The Who vs. Rolling Stones” weren’t even a twinkle when the two bands got started. School of Rock Boston showcases its students, ages 8-18, at this Mother’s Day rock recital. Watch mom move to “Satisfaction,” “Pinball Wizard,” and other tunes from the rock legacy. May 12 1 p.m. doors. $10, $12 day of show. All ages. Middle East Upstairs, 472-480 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 866-777-8932. www.ticketweb.com