Westborough resident to help raise funds to support Accelerated Cure Project for MS

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Westborough – For the second consecutive year, Westborough resident and soprano Karen Amlaw will join a wonderful cast of musicians in Music to Cure MS, an annual benefit concert of opera, songs, and chamber music to support the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis. The event will be held Sunday, Oct. 30, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Park Avenue Congregational Church in Arlington.

Tickets for this benefit concert can be purchased in advance for $20 or at the door for $25 ($10 for MSers, students, MIT staff, and elders). A raffle will be held at intermission and refreshments will be sold to further support the cause. Those who wish to support the efforts of Amlaw and her fellow musicians, but are unable to attend the benefit can click on a link to her online Music to Cure MS fund-raising page under the engagements section at www.karenamlaw.com.

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. Carroll heard about the Accelerated Cure Project in 2002 and decided to use her own skill-set to bring opportunities to her own world: classical music. The first fund-raising 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 thus the broader name was adopted.

Now in its 9th year, this year's program is planned to include selections spanning from the operatic Delibes” Lakme, Verdi's Ernani, Rossini's Semiramide, Saint-Saëns” Samson et Delilah, Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Offenbach's Les Contes D’Hoffmann, and Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni, to works by Debussy, Fauré, and Bach to Arlen and Gershwin's the Man that Got Away and Johnton & Burke's Pennies from Heaven, as well as Honegger's Danse de la chèvre for flute.

For more information about the Accelerated Cure Project, call 1-781-487-0008 or visit www.accelerated cure.org.