Sing For The Cure—proceeds to benefit all Rockford-area women

Nearly everyone, at one time or another will have their life touched by someone they know or love, with breast cancer. One in eight women living in the United States today will develop breast cancer.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in cooperation with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Chorale, The Women’s Center at SwedishAmerican Hospital presents Sing For The Cure on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Coronado Theatre.

Sing For The Cure takes the audience on a musical journey that tells a story of women with breast cancer and touches on all the emotions that the women and their families face.

“This rare musical work gives us an unusual opportunity to further the message of hope for all people affected by breast cancer,” said Linda Wildey, director of Women’s and Children’s Services for SwedishAmerican. “Many people will be moved by the libretto, which is both poignant and humorous, as well as the rich and beautiful musical score. We are very excited to share this new way of spreading the life-saving message of early detection.

Composed in 2000 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 10 gifted composers translated the words to music. The songs are strung together with narration that will be read by local artists Bill Shold, Kathy Stevens, Karen Kahler, Jerry Stevens, Diana Fry, Karen Kahler, Dennis Johnson, Andrea Bear, Keri Solverson, Aaron Bolden and Eli Pauley assuming the voice of a patient or loved one in the 10 unique pieces. The choral symphony explores pain and grief, humor and strength, hope and healing. The symphony and Mendelssohn Chorale will be conducted by Martha Bein.

The cost for the performance is $35 for the performance only, and $75 for the performance and gala reception following the event. The proceeds from the performance will go toward providing outreach, education and prevention programs for women in the community regardless of their health care affiliation, and for “comfort baskets” to all women diagnosed and treated for breast cancer at SwedishAmerican. For more information or to purchase tickets, call SwedishAmerican’s HealthConnect at 968-2500.

This rare musical work will touch and change lives. The final song proclaims:

We are one voice; we will not be silent

‘til our song is sung around the world.

Let the music begin, and let hope live again,

We have one life; one choice, one hope—We are One Voice!”

From the Oct. 25-31, 2006, issue

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