There are currently 5.8 million Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Over 16 million Americans (mainly family members) provide unpaid care to the people suffering from this disease. This concert will feature the regional premiere of Robert Cohen’s Alzheimer’s Stories, a critically acclaimed work which addresses the subject of memory loss through stories of pathos, poignancy and humor. In addition to the full MOS Chorus, the concert will feature an instrumental ensemble and soloists Beverly Blouin (Mezzo Soprano) and Brent Davis (Baritone). Also included in the concert will be performances of Long, Long Ago; Shenandoah; Amazing Grace; and You’ll Never Walk Alone.
This performance is ultimately one which will offer hope and support to people living with Alzheimer’s, whether patients or caregivers, and will remind us how music can touch lives in profound and meaningful ways. Perhaps the final lines of Alzheimer’s Storiesexpress it best: “Find those you love in the dark and light. Help them through the days and nights. Keep faith. They sense what they cannot show. Love and music are the last things to go. Sing anything. Sing.”