Yesterday I went to the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Gratitude Concert, to hear some beautiful music and see my scarves in action! See this post for the background to this story. The concert was at the UNC Children's Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC. It featured only part of the whole group of musicians (the larger 'main' concert is on Sept. 25th). Here's the group that performed yesterday; some aren't wearing their scarves yet.
The brains behind this whole project is Julie; she's in the teal shirt in the middle. Julie, who is a music composition teacher, has been winning her battle with ovarian cancer thanks in part to the care she received at UNC Women's Hospital in Chapel Hill. She and her students organized these free concerts as a way of saying 'thank you' and raising awareness about ovarian cancer.
I was blown away by the talent that I witnessed yesterday. This was no amateur kid stuff (do you see how young some are?), but concert hall worthy, original, complex music. I know very little about music composition, but these had to be some prodigies in the making. Made me feel like there is hope for mankind yet!
Julie and I had decided on a very small scarf that could be worn by either males or females, and it was great to see the different ways they came up with for using them. They made colorful additions to the teal ribbons they were already wearing.
It was a privilege for me to have contributed in a small way to the occasion. Most of all, I'm so glad to I got to see a performance that I otherwise would have known nothing about. If you're in the Chapel Hill area please go see the second free concert. It's at the United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Sat. Sept. 25th, 4 - 6 pm. It's guaranteed to make your day!