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Emily Croft Wins Young Master Composer

MARIPOSA – Congratulations to Emily Elizabeth Croft, this year’s winner of the Mariposa County Arts Council and Mariposa Symphony Orchestra’s (MSO) “Young Master Composers Celebration.”

This year’s contest called for “Words and Music” with entrants tasked with writing a brief story intended for narration, and setting that story to their own original music. The 17-year-old Croft met the challenge with her winning composition titled “Frozen Love.”MSO Founding Music Director and Conductor orchestrated “Frozen Love,” and the world premiere of the piece will be offered at the MSO’s “Independence Day Spectacular!” concert on Saturday, July 6, at 7 p.m. in the Amphitheatre at Mariposa County Park. Emily Croft will narrate her piece in performance.

The young writer/composer, who also won the contest in 2011, has studied the piano for nine years and has been composing music for two.

“One of my favorite things to do is play the piano and compose music. It’s so fulfilling, knowing that you’ve created something beautiful,” says Croft.

Members of the MSO confirm that young Croft’s work is, indeed “beautiful.” At the first rehearsal of “Frozen Love,” many of the orchestra’s musicians immediately expressed their admiration for the beauty of the brief piece.

Beyond the experience of hearing her own music played live by a full symphony orchestra, honors to the winning young composer include $50, a certificate, a copy of the orchestrated score of her piece and an audio CD of the orchestrated music.

Further details on the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra’s 2013 “Independence Day Spectacular!” concert will soon be available on the orchestra’s Mariposa County Arts Council webpages: http://tinyurl.com/MariposaSO.

Concert tickets are now on sale at the Mariposa County Arts Council’s gallery and offices at 5009 Highway 140 in Mariposa (top floor of Chocolate Soup), adjacent to the Mariposa Art Park. For information call (209) 966-3155. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students.

Tickets are also available at the Mariposa County Visitors Center (please call for hours) across from Miners Roadhouse at the north end of town. Call (209) 966-7081.

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