DANBURY, Conn. – Composer and Danbury native Paul Frucht will lead a group of recent graduates of the Juilliard School in a concert to benefit the Sandy Hook Promise and to call for an end to gun violence.
The concert, set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Danbury Music Centre, will be one of many in a series held nationwide as part of the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence.
The concerts and live events will raise awareness of the 12,000 Americans who are murdered by a firearm each year and the more than 20,000 who die from firearm suicides and accidental shootings. Sept. 25 is the day designated by Congress in Remembrance of Murder Victims.
The concert will realize the mission of Sandy Hook Promise through music. Selections will reflect the values of Sandy Hook Promise’s mission through their musical character, history of community engagement, and unique ties to the local community.
Frucht is an award-winning composer and director of the Danbury Chamber Music Intensive and Artist Concert Series at the Danbury Music Centre.
"Dawn," a recent work of his written in memory of Dawn Hochsprung and the other 25 victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, has been performed across the United States and Connecticut by the Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Asian American New Music Institute, Chelsea Symphony, musicians of the Ridgefield Symphony, and the Sherman Chamber Ensemble.
The Sandy Hook Promise is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012.
Sandy Hook Promise is focused on preventing gun violence (and all violence) before it happens by educating and mobilizing parents, schools and communities on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org .
The concert is free with a suggested donation of $15. Proceeds will go to Sandy Hook Promise.
The concert will be in the Marion Anderson Recital Hall at the Danbury Music Centre, 256 Main St., Danbury.
Ridgefield High School will also host a show from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday as part of Concert Across America to End Gun Violence. Many of the acts who are performing will be from the School Of Rock. For more information, click here .