Music Students Present Donation to Cancer Care Center

Music Students Present Donation to Cancer Care Center
From the left, Mike Driebe, Shellee Reese, Janet Noll, Candice Brown, Kari Cheng and Martha Osborne.

Cal Poly Pomona music students recently presented a $3,000 donation to the Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center at the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center.

The money was raised during the Music department's “Sing for the Cure” event last spring. The University Concert Choir and Kellogg Chamber Singers with Chamber Ensemble performed under the direction of Iris Levine, chair of the Music department.

“I think the show affected a lot of people in a lot of different ways. Those who didn't know much about breast cancer learned a lot. Some didn't realize that breast cancer affected so many people, even men,” said Kari Cheng, alto with the Kellogg Chamber Singers.

“Sing for the Cure” is a unique musical experience that touches hearts, moves spirits and sings a story of hope and healing for people with breast cancer and their loved ones. It shares the personal experiences of breast cancer survivors, their partners and their loved ones.

Librettist Pamela Martin interviewed scores of people whose unique stories comprise the narration and lyrics for 10 songs set to the music of 10 composers, each of whom have been affected by breast cancer in some way. The song cycle is arranged for mixed chorus and chamber ensemble. Its effect is universal: both performers and audience members alike experience the pain of facing death and the hope of life that is so real for all who make the journey.