"A Celebration of Song," the spring concert next weekend of the Northern Essex Community College Chorus, features a mix of musical styles from madrigals to Broadway songs to opera.
Also on the program is "American Heroes," a tribute to veterans including theme songs for each branch of the military.
Students Danny Potter of Merrimac and Abby Hilton of Haverhill perform a duet from, "Les Miserables," and the entire chorus performs a medley of music from the Broadway show.
Jonathan Bennett of Methuen and Orlik Guzman of Haverhill showcase their operatic talents in a duet from Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro."
"This is a program that will have something for everyone," said Alisa Bucchiere, choral director. "We have exceptional talent this year, so the concert will be a real treat.
"A Celebration of Song," is at 2 p.m. next Sunday in the Technology Center on the college's Haverhill campus. It is open to the public. Tickets are $5 and available at the door. Call 978-556-3226.
TAKING NOTICE: It's been a busy and rewarding month for poet Rhina Espaillat of Newburyport.
She recently was presented a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from Salem State College at its 17th Annual Creativity Awards celebration, making her the first writer to receive the honor.
She is also the honoree for the third annual Newburyport Literary Festival, taking place this weekend.
Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, Espaillat has lived in the United States since 1939. She taught high school English in New York for many years, retiring in Newburyport.
She writes poetry and prose in English and her native Spanish. She is also the foremost translator of Robert Frost poetry into Spanish. She has published 10 collections of her work, and her writing has appeared in more than 40 anthologies.
For 14 years, Espaillat has coordinated the annual poetry contest of the Newburyport Art Association. She also is a founding member and former director of the Powow River Poets.
"My chief interest is bringing poetry back into the daily life of ordinary readers, both as a reading and listening experience, and as a skill natural to human beings," Espaillat said. "I would like poetry to be perceived as one of the normal pleasures of human life, like music, to be enjoyed, shared, and attempted."
AUTHOR'S CORNER: Architectural historian and author Hugh Howard speaks at the annual meeting of the Marblehead Museum & Historical Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Abbot Hall in Marblehead. Howard's latest book, "Houses of the Founding Fathers," examines 40 historic homes, including the Jeremiah Lee Mansion in Marblehead, and features photographs by Roger Strauss III. Howard, of East Chatham, N.Y., is the author of nine books and worked as a writer and researcher for the A&E television series, "In Search of Palladio." The event is open to the public and free.
IN LOCAL GALLERIES: New paintings by Lane Williamson, a former resident of Ring's Island in Salisbury, are on exhibit at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport through June 2. A reception with the artist is May 17, 5-7 p.m. Williamson now lives and paints on an island several miles off the coast of Maine. Known for her large works, she recently created a series of small paintings that reveal ordinary subjects as extraordinary. . . . "Bedecked," an exhibit of work by Kim Salerno, opens at artSPACE@16 in Malden Saturday with a reception from 2-5 p.m. and a talk by the artist at 3 p.m. The exhibit includes a selection of Salerno's latest large-scale colorful collages, cut paper sculptures, and smaller vividly colored dioramas. The show runs through May 31. . . . An exhibit of work by students from the Lynn public schools is at LynnArts Friday through May 26. The show highlights the best work of students from kindergarten through high school. It includes sculpture as well as abstract, representational, and computer-based imagery on the theme of multiculturalism.