“Words and Music,” Peabody Essex Museum’s concert program led by PEM’s first composer-in-residence, pianist Matthew Aucoin, is set for Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8, at 8 p.m. at 161 Essex St., Salem. The concert includes two world premieres by Aucoin and works by composers ranging from Mozart to Messiaen. The program juxtaposes music and words in forms that include instrumental music and recited poetry. Featured artists include violinist Keir GoGwilt and visual artist Nick Pope. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for PEM members and $30 for nonmembers. Reserve tickets at pem.org/calendar.
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary will hold Maple Sugaring Tours at 10 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays, March 8, 9, 15 and 16, at 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Learn how to identify a sugar maple tree, observe tapping and sap collection methods, discover how sap becomes syrup in the sugar house, and get a sweet taste of the final product. After the tour, warm up by the wood stove in the barn. One-hour, naturalist-guided tours run rain or shine; dress warmly. The cost for Mass Audubon members is $8 per adult and $7 per child, or $9 per adult and $8 per child for nonmembers. Children under 3 are admitted for free and should be in a backpack. Advance registration is required at 978-887-9264. Visit www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver for details.
The Peabody Institute Library presents a four-week painting class taught by local artist Paula Kulas. Classes will be held at 10 a.m. on Fridays, March 7, 14, 21 and 28, at 82 Main St., Peabody. The course will focus on the watercolor works of John Singer Sargent. All materials will be provided. For details and registration, call 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or visit www.peabodylibrary.org.
The Sea Change Theatre Company presents Sophocles’ “Antigone,” a contemporary horror story of the ancient Greek tragedy that explores the questions of civil disobedience, unwritten laws and human rights. Shows are at 8 p.m. on Fridays, and 3 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays, March 7, 8, 14 and 15, in the performance space inside Dane Street Church, 10 Dane St., Beverly. The two-act tragedy about truth and death runs 100 minutes and is supported in part by a grant from the Beverly Cultural Council. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. For details and tickets, call 978-500-3885 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.