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Composers young and old will descend upon Colorado College for the New Music Symposium and Young Composers Summer Festival at Packard Hall this weekend.

"It is essentially a forum for bringing together distinguished professional composers from all over the world," said NMS founder and director Ofer Ben-Amots, a composer-in-residence at CC. "Not only do they all get to meet one another, but the public gets a chance to enjoy their work."

Among the plethora of talented composers slated to present their works are George Crumb, who will preview his new duo quattromani (piano for four hands) piece, and Paul Ruder, an up-and-coming Danish composer.

Ben-Amots will also present a solo oboe piece titled "Leah's Dance," which is culled from his most recent opera, Dybbuk.

While the NMS recognizes prominent works in their finished forms, it is the goal of the Young Composers Summer Festival to take the creative lifeblood and unfettered energy of aspiring young composers and provide them with the technical and compositional means to achieve greatness of their own.

"Kids want opportunities in music, but they don't know where to start," said Len Rhodes, the founder of the Summer Festival, which is now in its fourth year. The festival features three days of classes and workshops that target the participants' individual needs.

"In contrast to other music classes, everybody who comes to the festival has a desire to learn more and eventually become a great composer." Rhodes added that he and the faculty are merely there to facilitate the young composers' inspiration by providing a little technical know-how.

-- Joe Kuzma

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