Omaha sings for the cure


October 13th, 2010

By Robyn Wisch

Opera Omaha kicks off the season this month, with a benefit concert for breast cancer awareness. Opera for the Cure will raise money for the Nebraska chapter of the nonprofit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, with a production of Sing for the Cure: A Proclamation of Hope. Sing for the Cure was first performed over a decade ago, a commissioned performance of the stories of cancer survivors, narrated and set to music. The idea came from Susan G. Komen’s sister, who runs the breast cancer fundraising group. Nancy Brinker thought stories of survival would become more powerful if told through music.

The collection of narration and songs in Sing for the Cure includes opera and classical music, and even a little jazz. Brad Watkins is the Communications Director for Opera Omaha. He said the concert will be a multimedia performance with four giant screens projecting a collection of images across the stage, which will be full of performers.

“We’re the opera company, we do things big.” Watkins said there’ll be over 100 people on the stage by the end of the performance. “We’ll have the Omaha Symphony on stage with us, the Opera Omaha chorus, we have dancers involved, we have narrators involved from the local community, some survivors…”

Opera for the Cure will be performed Friday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 17 at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Omaha. Five dollars of each ticket purchased will go toward the Nebraska chapter of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.


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