Boston-area to do list

Jeff Ragland


So it goes

The New Yorker has described So Percussion (pictured) as an “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam.” It all began in 1999 when the lads were grad students at the Yale School of Music. Their initial goal was to perform pieces by 20th-century composers like John Cage and Iannis Xenakis, but the Brooklyn-based experimental quartet also composes for themselves and others. Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. $25, $20 students and seniors. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975.


Winter warm-up Dance is a year-round sport, but Boston Conservatory Dance Ensemble students keep themselves warm with “Winter. Dance!” The diverse program includes “Ezekiel’s Wheel” by jazz choreographer Danny Buraczeski, “Light Rain” by Gerald Arpino, and new pieces by Robert Moses (“Wake”) and faculty member Diane Arvanites (“Shadowed”). 8 p.m. (through Feb. 24). $25 and $30, $15 seniors, $10 students. Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., Boston. 617-912-9222.

The state of the mind What exactly are the sounds of religious ecstasy and psychedelia? The Boston-based contemporary music ensemble Sound Icon will let the sunshine in with a program of Italian music featuring Fausto Romitelli’s “Professor Bad Trip” and Salvatore Sciarrino’s “Infinito Nero.” The chamber orchestra welcomes soprano Janna Baty. 7:30 p.m. $20, $10 students. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-478-3103.


A ‘Bear’ of a program The Handel and Haydn Society devotes its program to one half of its namesake. Conductor Harry Christophers leads the Period Instrument Orchestra in “Haydn in Paris,” a program of Symphony No. 6, “Le matin”; Violin Concerto No. 4; Overture to “L’isola disabitata”; and Symphony No. 82,
“The Bear.” 8 p.m. (Feb. 24 at 3 p.m.; conversations one hour before each concert). $20-$78. Symphony Hall,
301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-266-3605.


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A storied past Black History Month and storytelling are celebrated at the Boston Storytelling Festival with tales for all ages and interests. Alan White will share African folk story traditions from 9:30-11 a.m., followed in the afternoon by tellers “for the 21st century.” Feb. 23 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Boston Public Library,
700 Boylston St., Boston.

On the eve Boston singer, songwriter, and producer Adam Jensen has opened for Kid Rock, Train, Tim Reynolds, and more. We’re partial to his tunes “Monsters” and “Lost Without You.” Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. $10, $12 day of show. The Red Room @ Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St., Boston. 617-747-2261.


Wicked smaht This Boston foursome of duos first collaborated in 1999 to celebrate Noël Coward and Cole Porter. That was followed by “Fred and Ethel: Great Songs of Astaire and Merman.” Now it’s time for “The Smart Set” vocalist duos Valerie Anastasio & Tim Harbold and Benjamin Sears & Bradford Conner to pay tribute to Irving Berlin with a program that includes film tunes from “Holiday Inn” and “Alexander’s Ragtime Band.” Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. $20-$25. Pickman Concert Hall, Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Cambridge (Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Lexington). 617-254-1125.