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Stamford Concert Is Dedicated To Victims Of Sandy Hook Tragedy

Composer Steven Sametz will be at The Palace in Stamford March 7.
Composer Steven Sametz will be at The Palace in Stamford March 7. Photo Credit: Submitted
Jamie Spillane, the concert conductor, at a rehearsal for A Child’s Requiem.
Jamie Spillane, the concert conductor, at a rehearsal for A Child’s Requiem. Photo Credit: Submitted

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A new musical composition dedicated to victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy will be performed at The Palace in Stamford at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 7, with a pre-concert lecture at 7:15 p.m.

Composer Steven Sametz , who was born in Westport but now lives in Pennsylvania, said his inspiration for "A Child's Requiem" came from hundreds of writings and stories from young children all over America who told their tales of loss.

The performance is dedicated to the children and adults killed in the Newtown tragedy, he said. The 45-minute piece includes lyrics written by children, and will be performed by a children’s chorus, with the consent of their parents. In addition, the performance features adult and child soloists.

Sametz’s composition won the 2013 Sackler Prize, a biennial international award organized through the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts that supports and promotes composers and performances of their new musical works.

“A Child’s Requiem” will feature the combined forces of the UConn Symphony Orchestra, UConn Concert Choir, Chorus Angelicus Children’s Choir of Torrington, and two soloists, soprano Janani Sridhar and tenor Gregory Zavracky. The musicians will perform under the direction of Jamie Spillane, director of choral studies and associate professor of music in the School of Fine Arts.

The concert will also include a performance of Antonin Dvorak's exciting Te Deum under the direction of Professor Harvey Felder with soloists soprano Constance Rock and bass Rod Nelman.

The performance is free, but go here for ticket information.

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