Concert For A Cure: Music Benefit For Cancer Research

Friday night, May 24th, Cabool Missouri was treated to a free concert (donations were accepted on behalf of Relay For Life).

Warming up just as the door open to allow the patrons to enter.
Warming up just as the door open to allow the patrons to enter.

My husband Danny plays the trumpet (among other instruments) and I sing in the community choir which is directed each year by Rebecca Peterson of The STARS FOUNDATION.

Danny's trumpet is tuned and ready to go!
Danny’s trumpet is tuned and ready to go!

It is a joy to be able to sing – and it’s been years since I sang in a large concert choir prior to moving to the Ozarks – I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my time and talents…..but having an infant going on toddler son to pass around during a concert evening is a tricky thing to manage.

My baby sister is in town for a visit, she helped me with baby while I sang the first half (Baby has a weird hair-do).
My baby sister is in town for a visit, she helped me with baby while I sang the first half (Baby has a weird hair-do).

The choir sang three songs near the end of the first half.

She ended up standing outside to keep him entertained.....
She ended up standing outside to keep him entertained…..

After Intermission the choir sang the last three songs: Amazing Grace, Salute To Heroes and Sweet Remembrance.

My mother took baby after intermission
My mother took baby after intermission

The slide show was still going, so the director played a piano piece (accompanied by the cello) called A Mother’s Heart.

Grandma is a season warrior of a mother and knows how to take care of babies.....
Grandma is a season warrior of a mother and knows how to take care of babies…..

My Aunt Tina and My Nana, both deceased from cancer, were the last two photos. I was looking up at the jumbo screen above the choir and cried like a baby when their names, dates, and photos passed. They were the last to show as the piano piece quietly came to an end.

During "Amazing Grace" my son began screaming. So, my mother took him over to the water fountain.
During “Amazing Grace” my son began screaming. So, my mother took him over to the water fountain just outside the room we were singing in.

The tears kept sliding down my cheeks as the audience stood and clapped.

she doused his head with cold water. He really liked that feeling of water dripping down his face. No more crying baby!
she doused his head with cold water. He really liked that feeling of water dripping down his face. No more crying baby! Which is good, because it was my turn to cry.

The orchestra is composed of new, intermediate and seasoned musicians. It’s incredible how Rebecca finds all this talent in the hills of Missouri and writes music simple enough for anyone to play, creating a beautiful concert.

It was a great concert.

One thought on “Concert For A Cure: Music Benefit For Cancer Research

  1. The May concert is always my favorite! I always love playing so many favorites and remembering those who have passed on : )

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