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Batavia child's Poe compositions captivate listeners

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New compositions inspired by the stories of Edgar Allan Poe have been written by Marilyn Gans, a 10-year-old from Batavia.[]

BATAVIA – Pianist and composer Marilyn Gans, a 10-year-old from Batavia, performed a suite of her own musical pieces dedicated to author Edgar Allan Poe this spring.

The three works, which are titled "Nevermore," "Conversations with Usher" and "Kingdom by the Sea," were all inspired by famous stories from the American writer, according to a news release. "Conversations with Usher" was written for piano and violin, and performed with Isabella Spinelli, a graduating senior at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra member.

Marilyn is the gold medalist in her age group for the Hal Leonard/Carol Klose Composition Competition among other awards, and studies with Batavia music instructor Carol Hoepe.

Last month, Marilyn repeated the performance at the Wheaton College Memorial Chapel, joined on violin by Barbara Farley, an instructor with the Wheaton Community School of the Arts.

To hear the first concert and some of Gans' other musical pieces, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4fLwVhxCH4.