Chicago's Grant Park Orchestra to Give Benefit for Cancer-Stricken Violinist Without Health Insurance

Classic Arts News   Chicago's Grant Park Orchestra to Give Benefit for Cancer-Stricken Violinist Without Health Insurance
 
Conductor Carlos Kalmar and members of Chicago's Grant Park Orchestra will perform a benefit concert on November 17 to raise funds for a 26-year-old Romanian violinist with cancer.

Christina Purje, a violinist and the orchestra's library intern during the 2005 and 2006 summer seasons, was diagnosed last summer with adrenal cancer. She does not have health insurance or qualify for public assistance.

In April, Purje began experiencing severe pain in her right arm. A biopsy showed that she had adrenal cancer which had metastasized to her arm; she had surgery to remove the affected area of her arm and lost the ability to play the violin. The cancer has also metastasized to her liver.

The program will include the overture to Smetana's The Bartered Bride; Vivaldi's Concerto for Four Violins in B minor; Dvorák's Slavonic Dances Nos. 1-4; Faur_'s Pavane and Brahms's Hungarian Dances Nos. 5 and 6.

The concert will take place in the Chicago Cultural Center at 7:30 pm on November 17. Admission is free, but donations (checks, not cash) are strongly encouraged. All funds raised will help pay for Purje's treatment.


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