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Malden High School sophomore to play local concert

Posted by Christina Jedra  April 12, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by Lori Rittner: 

Malden High School sophomore Len Tetta, who may be better known locally for his talent at playing guitar and singing the blues, will have a new piece he has written for piano performed in Malden.  The performance will take place Sunday, May 5, at the First Parish Universalist (www.maldenuua.org), 2 Elm St. Malden, at 1:00 p.m.  Len is the featured young composer on this full concert program, which is presented by the Boston Composers’ Coalition (www.bostoncomposers.org.) This concert is free and open to the public. 

This concert, the second in the Boston Composers’ Coalition’s third season, features collaborations between local composers and solo performers from university faculties and orchestras in the greater Boston area. The BCC works directly with performers to create repertoire with their specific needs in mind, and aims throughout the process to give their audience a back-stage pass to the creative process as the works are being written, rehearsed and performed.  In addition, every concert features a pre-college age composer who works with the ensemble in a professional, practical setting.  Len’s piece is being presented as part of this educational outreach initiative. 

Len Tetta began playing guitar at 9 and was soon performing in Malden and beyond.  Our own Mayor Christianson (then a Councilman) spotted Len in his first public performance on MATV.  On the spot he asked Len to perform at his annual outdoor concert at Bellrock Park.  Len became a regular at the event, and eventually went on to perform in numerous venues in the Boston area including Johnny D’s (with Greg Hawkes of the Cars), Smoken’ Joe’s, The Tavern in Hyde Park and many others.  He was also a featured performer during the first Malden Street Performers Program last summer.

As a freshman at Malden High, Len began studying music theory with Todd Cole.  Mr. Cole took the class to see a rehearsal of the Boston Symphony Orchestra featuring the renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.  From that moment, Len began studying and composing classical music.  To date he has composed four symphonies and numerous shorter pieces.  In the summer of 2012 Len attended the New York Summer Music Festival, where his Quartet for Clarinet and Strings was performed.  He has since been accepted to study at the prestigious Boston University Tanglewood Institute during the summer of 2013.

Sunday, May 5, marks the date of Len’s first classical piece being performed in Malden. 

In addition to this performance, the program will be presented at First Church Boston (66 Marlborough St., Boston) at 8:00pm on Wednesday, May 1st.  Both performances will be streamed via the BCC website: www.bostoncomposers.org.

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