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Staples Composers Debut Music in New Haven

Staples High School students Daniel Zlatkin and Samantha Small are among six aspiring high school composers whose compositions will premiere this Sunday during a free concert program in New Haven.

As part of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra Young Composers' Project, Samantha, Daniel and four other students from local high schools spent the last two years composing their pieces under the direction of Augusta Read Thomas, an American composer. Many groups, including the Berlin and New York Philharmonics, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, have performed Thomas' orchestral compositions.

These young composers also had the opportunity to meet Christopher Theofanidis, David Keberle and Martin Bresnick, three prominent local composers.

Samantha's piece is called "A Voice Arose," and Daniel's piece is called "Rotating Music with Poem." Other pieces to be performed during the concert include "Nature's Release" by Hopkins School student Corey Chang Hopkins, "Vegvisir" by Noah Chevan of Hamden High School, "Chamber Concertino" by Jim Morcaldi of North Haven High School, and "The Dreary Wood" by Ben Scheer of Hopkins School.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. at Sprague Hall, 470 College St., New Haven.

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