Sunday, Oct 22, 2017 3:00p -
Park Avenue Congregational Church
50 Paul Revere Rd
Arlington, MA 02476
Music, Performing Arts, Social Good
For the fifteenth consecutive year a wonderful cast of musicians will present Music to Cure MS, an annual benefit concert of opera, songs, and chamber music to support the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis, on Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM at Park Avenue Congregational Church in Arlington, MA. Admission is free with a suggested donation to the Accelerated Cure Project of $10 - 25 (more if you can, less if you can't). A silent auction will be held at intermission, and refreshments will be sold to further support the cause. For more details visit the Music to Cure MS website: www.singtocurems.org
Music to Cure MS is the brain child of Marion Leeds Carroll, a former opera singer and stage director who was diagnosed with MS in 1988. In 2002 Ms. Carroll discovered the Accelerated Cure Project, a nonprofit created by Art Mellor, an MIT graduate whose career was interrupted by a diagnosis of MS. Following Mr. Mellor's use of his skills to aid research against his own illness Ms. Carroll was inspired to use her own skill-set - classical music - to help. The first fundraising concerts she organized were called "Sing to Cure MS", but it soon became clear that musicians other than singers were eager to take part, and the broader name was adopted. In September 2014 Ms. Carroll was honored by the Accelerated Cure Project with a "Shining Star" award for her over ten years of work raising funds and awareness through this annual concert.
Over the years Music to Cure MS has attracted the support of artists from Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Longwood Opera, Sudbury Savoyards, and others. Performers for this year's concert include singers Karen Amlaw, Stuart Cabral, Marion Leeds Carroll, William Clark, and others. The program will include selections by Bach, Handel, Massenet, Gilbert & Sullivan, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and more, including a trio from a new opera by local composer Pasquale Tassone. For a complete list of works and performers on the program visit www.singtocurems.org/2017/program.shtml
The Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis is a national nonprofit dedicated to curing MS by determining its causes. Its major success is the creation of a large-scale, multidisciplinary MS Repository of blood samples and data from people with MS and matched controls. With the help of funds raised by efforts like Music to Cure MS, samples are being collected at sites across the United States. These samples are currently being used by over 25 studies around the world investigating the causes of MS. In exchange for access to the repository, researchers agree to return the data they generate from the samples so that results from disparate experiments can be combined.