Academy for Cancer Wellness

Academy For Cancer Wellness Celebrates10th Anniversary Of Music & Memories

Academy for Cancer Wellness Celebrates10th Anniversary of Music & Memories - 4/19/2012

The Academy for Cancer Wellness will celebrate the tenth anniversary of its popular Music & Memories concert series and silent auction with a program featuring artists who have performed at the event during the past decade. Violinist Carla Ecker, Associate Concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, has brought together many of Tucson’s top musicians for an evening to benefit the Under-Insured Cancer Patients’ Endowment Fund of the Academy of Cancer Wellness. Music & Memories X begins at 6:15 pm on Saturday, May 12 at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St., Tucson.  

Patrons are invited to come early for the silent auction. There will also be door prizes and Chinese tea tasting from the Seven Cups Teahouse. Although admission is free, patrons are encouraged to make donations and be generous when participating in the silent auction. Raffle tickets will be sold for a beautiful, queen size New York pattern quilt donated by the Voyager Sewing Group. The quilt will be on display at Music & Memories X and the drawing will be held at the Academy for Cancer Wellness’ next event on October 14, 2012.

The musical program will feature Tucson Symphony Orchestra musicians Johanna Lundy, principal horn, Anne Gratz,  acting principal cello and Emma Noel Votapek, violin. The concert will also feature internationally-known classical pianist John Milbauer, currently Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Arizona School of Music, UA Professor of Cello, Mark Votapek, and former TSO Principal Clarinet, Jeremy Reynolds. This will be Mr. Reynolds’ first Tucson performance since he left the TSO in 2010. The concert will also include performances by the TSO Brass Quintet (Michael Becker, David Morgan, Betsy Bright Morgan, David Cohen and Victor Valenzuela) and the Paloma Winds (Deena Reedy, flute, Sara Fraker, oboe, Andrew Braden, clarinet, Rebecca Cain, bassoon and Victor Valenzuela, horn). The Arizona Repertory Singers will conclude the program.

Among the dozens of items in the silent auction are a seven- carat black Rudilated quartz  cut crystal set  in sterling silver with sterling silver chain created by Frank Reubel, entertainment certificates from the TSO and other arts organizations, autographed sports memorabilia, clothing, sculpture, stained glass and ceramics by local artists, photographs, paintings and restaurant gift certificates.

Proceeds from Music and Memories X will benefit the Under-Insured Cancer Patients’ Endowment Fund. According to Dr. Alice F. Chang, founder and director of the Academy for Cancer Wellness, “The Music and Memories Concerts were inspired by a musician and cancer victim, who was, like so many in the arts, uninsured.”

In a congratulatory letter to Dr. Chang on the tenth anniversary concert, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild wrote: “These concerts featuring some of the top musicians in Tucson have brought joy to the many music lovers in our community and comfort to all those whose lives have been touched by cancer. As a citizen of Tucson and as Mayor, I encourage you to continue your efforts and wish you well as you start your second decade of enriching our community through cancer wellness.”

The Academy for Cancer Wellness, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization established in 1995 by Alice F. Chang, along with John J. Welker and his wife, the late Gertrud Welker. Its purpose is to provide support for cancer wellness—for champions, as well as for their families and friends.

 The Academy’s mission is to spread awareness of the many people who have faced the challenge of cancer and emerged triumphant; to provide a means for cancer champions to rally amongst themselves for mutual strength and support; to provide funding for research toward the promotion of cancer wellness; and to provide modest financial support for the working poor and under-insured cancer patients.

The Music and Memories Concert Series began as a benefit for flutist Katherine Kitzmann, who had no insurance when she was diagnosed with the cancer that killed her. Since then, countless musicians have joined forces to honor and remember all those who have been touched by the disease. Some play to celebrate survival, some to celebrate the memories of those who fought and lost the battle

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