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FD?Choral Society will present ‘Alzheimer’s Stories’ Feb. 26

Music, narratives will share patients’, caregivers’ journeys

February 12, 2012
Messenger News

Fort Dodge Choral Society will present "Alzheimer's Stories" at 3 p.m. on Feb. 26 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 400 S 13th St.

The performance will feature choral music and narratives that share patients' and caregivers' journeys as they deal with Alzheimer's disease. One dollar will be donated to the Greater Iowa Chapter of Alzheimer's Association for everyone who attends the concert.

Soprano Aliese Hoesel, Fort Dodge; baritone Jordan LeClare, Webster City; and pianist Michelle Havlik-Jergens will be prominently featured in Robert Cohen's 2009 composition "Alzheimer's Stories." Representatives of the Greater Iowa Chapter of Alzheimer's Association will provide an information booth with materials about the disease and share personal stories from the caregiver's perspective.

Conductor Bruce Perry said, "More than 65,000 Iowans are affected with Alzheimer's. Upon discovering Cohen's brilliant choral composition about the disease, I knew it was a work ideally suited for Choral Society, a group with a long history of using music to increase awareness of the world around us. The concert will use visual images and music to create a poignant portrait of patients and those who care for them during their prolonged good-byes. Humorous stories humanize those who all too often are disenfranchised and isolated by the disease."

Other works on the program are Ysaye Barnwell's "Wanting Memories," John Armstrong's setting of "A Dream within a Dream," and the premiere performance of Philip King's "The Rest is Silence."

Fort Dodge Choral Society includes singers from Fort Dodge and the surrounding counties. The group is one of the oldest community choirs in Iowa dedicated to classical choral literature.

Admission to the concert is by season ticket or available at the door. Prices are $10 for general admission, $9 for senior citizens and all students are admitted free. For more information, visit or call 979-5620.



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