April 15, 2011 — On April 14, 2011 the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra from the Frost School of Music was featured on “Sounding Off for a Cure” sponsored by Voices Against Brain Cancer.
The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra accompanied a star-studded line-up of performers including Gloria Gaynor, The Beach Boys featuring John Stamos, Lou Gramm, and the Osmond Brothers. The concert also featured arrangements created especially for this concert in tribute to four artists who passed away due to brain cancer. UM students Jeremy Fox and Kendall Moore wrote tributes to Nora Leao and Celia Cruz. Stephen Guerra, the coordinator of the HMI wrote tributes to George Gershwin and the Beatle’s George Harrison. Ky-Mani Marley, son of Bob Marley, performed three of his father’s hits with members of the orchestra as well. Other celebrities in attendance including former baseball player Pedro Martinez, the former GM of the NY Mets Omar Minaya, and CBS4’s entertainment reporter Lisa Petrillo.
Voice Against Brain Cancer is a foundation dedicated to finding a cure for brain cancer by advancing scientific research increasing awareness within the medical community and supporting patients, their families and caregivers. One hundred percent of the ticket sales and auction proceeds will support innovative research and programs for brain cancer, some of which will find its way to a new Brain Cancer Institute at the UM School of Medicine.
For more information on Voices Against Brain Cancer, visit www.voicesagainstbraincancer.org
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