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Slain Sandy Hook principal inspires Danbury musician to create tribute piece

26-year old Paul Frucht is a Danbury native and classical musician/composer.  He is a doctoral candidate at the Julliard School in New York.  The American Composers Orchestra selected his work for a performance as part of their 25th Annual Underwood New Music Readings. 


The piece celebrates Dawn Hochsprung's legacy of positivity, courage, and strength. She was an assistant principal at Rogers Park Middle School in Danbury from 2000 through 2003, when Frucht was a student there.  She also led the National Junior Honor Society, of which he was a member. 


After the shooting at Sandy Hook School claimed Hochspring's life, he wrote a piece of music he called Dawn.  The work was composed for a small group of instruments and performed at a ceremony honoring her at Rogers Park in June 2013.  He has since been inspired to rework the piece for a full symphony orchestra to continue to tell Dawn's story.


The performance is Tuesday the 14th at 7:30 PM at Miller Theatre in New York City.   It's part of their 25th Annual Underwood New Music Readings.  Tickets are free.

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