NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The American Composers Orchestra has selected 26-year-old Danbury resident Paul Frucht's song "Dawn" -- which was written in memory of the Sandy Hook shootings -- for its performance on Tuesday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m.
The song is dedicated to Dawn Hochsprung and the other 25 victims and their families from the Newtown shooting.
The performance will take place at the Miller Theatre in Manhattan and is part of its 25th annual Underwood New Music Readings. Tickets are free.
Frucht knew Hochsprung as a student at Rogers Park Middle School, where she was an assistant principal from 2000 to 2003 and led the National Junior Honor Society, of which he was a member.
"Dawn" was composed with a small group of instruments and performed around Connecticut including at a ceremony honoring her at Rogers Park in June 2013. Frucht later reworked "Dawn" for a full symphony orchestra to continue to tell Dawn's story. The piece celebrates her legacy of positivity, courage and strength.
Frucht is a classical musician/composer and doctoral candidate at the Juilliard School in New York, where he also received his master's degree. He is also artistic director of the Danbury Chamber Music and a member of the adjunct faculty at New York University's Steinhardt School.
Miller Theatre is at 2960 Broadway, N.Y.
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