Local Organizations Join to 'Sing for the Cure'
**The June 3 performance of "Sing for the Cure" has been postponed. Please check back for future event dates.**
"Sing for the Cure," a moving performance of orchestral and choral music connected by touching narratives, makes its Northwest Florida debut on June 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on Northwest Florida State College's Niceville campus. The fundraising event is a musical collaboration under the direction of guest conductor Dr. Timothy Seelig, bringing together the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra; the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale; Diversity out of Sarasota, FL; Resounding Harmony out of Dallas, TX; and Together in Harmony out of Atlanta, GA. All proceeds from the concert will go to benefit the Sacred Heart Cancer Center through the Sacred Heart Foundation.
The music was commissioned by the Susan G. Komen Foundation in 2000. People across the nation were interviewed; from their stories, ten different narrations were written by the renowned librettist Pamela Martin. The stories are those of breast cancer survivors, friends and family facing the diagnosis of a loved one, and cancer researchers. Ten composers were then selected to write movements inspired by the narrations. Each magnificent song easily stands on its own; however, the culmination of the narrations and the individual pieces resulted in the stunningly beautiful "Sing for the Cure." Since its creation, the piece has been performed across the nation in places like New York, Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Tampa and San Francisco, just to name a few; and has raised in excess of a million dollars for various cancer-related causes, most notably, Komen for the Cure.
Sponsoring the Panhandle's debut performance of "Sing for the Cure" are Harmony for Hope, the Sacred Heart Foundation, and the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Kimberly and Rob Davis, residents of Santa Rosa Beach and founders of Harmony for Hope, have been involved with "Sing for the Cure" as performers since its creation. Their passion for the project inspired them to bring the event to Niceville. "It's a truly extraordinary experience – not just musically, but emotionally," remarked Rob Davis. "The stories are incredibly stirring on their own, but when you add to them the music they inspired, it's unbelievable."
Tickets are on sale now for $35 each. Contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box office at 850-729-6000 or purchase tickets online at the center's website at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org. The box office phone and in-person hours are Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 p.m. The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is easily accessible from Interstate 10 and Highways 85 and 285 on the Niceville campus of NWF State College, at 100 College Boulevard. ##