Student’s classical composition premiered in Malden

The Honors Youth Choir of Chorus North Shore, directed by Sonja Dahlgren Pryor and accompanied by Frank Corbin, presents its spring concert in Rockport on Friday.
The Honors Youth Choir of Chorus North Shore, directed by Sonja Dahlgren Pryor and accompanied by Frank Corbin, presents its spring concert in Rockport on Friday.

BUDDING TALENT: High school sophomore Len Tetta, known locally for playing guitar and singing the blues, will have his first classical composition for piano performed in Malden on Sunday.

Tetta is the featured young composer in a full concert program presented by the Boston Composers’ Coalition.

Now in its third season, the coalition features collaborations between local composers and solo performers from university faculties and orchestras in Greater Boston.


Every concert features a pre-college age composer who works with the ensemble in a professional, practical setting.

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Tetta began playing guitar at age 9 and was soon performing in Malden and beyond, including at Johnny D’s, Smoken’ Joe’s, The Tavern in Hyde Park, and many other venues.

He also was featured during the first Malden Street Performers Program last summer.

As a freshman at Malden High, Tetta began studying music theory with Todd Cole. After Cole took his class to see a rehearsal of the Boston Symphony Orchestra featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Tetta began studying and composing classical music.

He has composed four symphonies and numerous shorter pieces.


Last summer, Tetta attended the New York Summer Music Festival, where his quartet for clarinet and strings was performed. He has been accepted to study at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute this summer.

The performance begins at 1 p.m. in First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Malden. It is open to the public and free.

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SOUNDS OF SPRING: The Honors Youth Choir of Chorus North Shore presents its spring concert “Music Shall Live” at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Friday.

The program includes music from the Renaissance period to folk songs. The title of the concert comes from an early German round about music, which the choir performs.


The choir is directed by Sonja Dahlgren Pryor and accompanied by Frank Corbin.

The 50-member choir includes singers ages 10 through high school from 16 communities north of Boston. They are selected by audition.

The youths come together to learn the discipline and joy of shared music, and many go on to study music in college.

The choir’s repertoire includes work by Faure, Brahms, Handel, Mozart, Britten, and Bernstein. The group regularly sings with Chorus North Shore.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18. Call 978-546-7391 or visit or

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Emerging Hispanic author

Author Ernesto Quinonez

Ernesto Quinonez reads from his debut novel, “Bodega Dreams,” 8:45 to 10 a.m. Friday at Lawrence High School. He also leads a discussion on “What Is Activism in Today’s World.” Set on his home turf of Spanish Harlem, “Bodega Dreams” has been named a “New Immigrant Classic” by The New York Times and one of “25 Books to Remember” by the New York Public Library. It is required reading in many high schools and colleges around the country. Quinonez is an associate professor at Cornell University. The event, which is open to the public and free, is presented in partnership with Northern Essex Community College.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: Six local contemporary artists exhibit their new paintings at the Beebe Estate in Melrose during May. An opening reception is 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. The painters are Cambia Davis, Linda Scola, Marilyn Davidson, Francis Viens, Kathy Connors, and Jennifer Cheng DesAutels. Davis, who curated the

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An exhibit featuring the works of Norman Laliberte is on display at the Marblehead Arts Association through June 2.

exhibit, said one of her goals was to highlight the richness of artistic talent in Medford and surrounding towns. The works include still lifes, local scenes, and landscapes done on site in the plein air tradition. . . . “Exuberance 2013: The Varied Expressions of Norman Laliberte” is at the Marblehead Arts Association through June 2. A reception with the artist is 2 to 4 p.m. today. Laliberte has had a long and illustrious career as an artist, teacher, author, and book illustrator. His large body of work includes prints, paintings, mixed media pieces, sculptures, and books. Celebrated for his vibrant paintings involving fruit, flowers and goddesses, Laliberte has been featured internationally in more than 150 exhibits and his work is in the permanent collections of more than 100 museums and corporations, as well as in many private collections. Much of the work in this exhibit — which fills all seven galleries in the King Hooper Mansion — has never been seen by the public.

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