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Red Dirt Diaries: OKC Teen Composes Symphony

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Student in OKC composes a symphony and hears it for the first time live. Student in OKC composes a symphony and hears it for the first time live.

We all know playing music is one thing and composing it can be more complex. But having it played is another challenge all together.

Anna Jantzen's talent playing is only rivaled by the sounds dancing in her head as a member of Classen School of Advanced Studies' award winning orchestra.

Her mom told the story of her daughter at the age of six claiming to hear classical music just by closing her eyes.

Anna would grow up playing piano and violin. But as sophomore, the music student scrambled to put the notes in her head on paper.

Anna finished her four-movement symphony this past school year. A computer program sounded it all out.

The work though, is admittedly too complicated for her and the only orchestra she knows is her classmates.

“I kind of put it away and thought I'm never going to hear that performed. I'm going to die and I'm never going to hear that played,” Jantzen said.

“That's what you thought?” News 9's Karl Torp asked.

“That's what I thought,” she responded.

And what makes what happened Thursday so special is Allied Arts heard about Anna predicament and they pulled a few strings.

They had 25 professional musicians give Anna's symphonies the life a computer lacks.

Anna has learned for the greats but on that night, nothing sounded sweeter than that music first created in her mind.

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