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Sing for the Cure

Sing for the Cure

INTRODUCTORY NOTES

On Behalf of all the survivors of breast cancer and every family touched by the disease, I want to sincerely thank the Turtle Creek Chorale and The Women's Chorus of Dallas for furthering the important message of the The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation through Sing for the Cure.

Your efforts will lead the way for others while raising awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer, Sing for the Cure incorporates the pain, the struggle, the hope and even the humor of dealing with this disease in a way that will profoundly impact audiences on both an emotional and spiritual level.

Together, we can spread the life-saving message of early detection and eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment. Thank you for joining us in this proclamation of hope.
With warm regards and appreciation,

Nancy Brinker - Founding Chair, The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

REPERTOIRE

Prelude For The Uncommon Woman
Joseph Martin - Composer

The Community's Voice

Who Will Speak?
Michael Cox - Composer

Day after day,
always the same
faceless reminders
numbers and names
Each one a story
each one a life
Thundering silence
smothers their cries.
Who will speak for them?
Who will make the choice?
Who will sing for them,
give their pain a voice?
Share in their journey,
plead for their need?
Who will remember?
Who will speak?
Mothers and daughters
sisters and wives
lovers and neighbors
they touch our lives
These are their faces
Don't be afraid
to hear their voices
don't turn away.
Who will speak for them?
Who will make the choice?
Who will sing for them,
give their pain a voice?
Share in their journey,
plead for their need?
Who will remember?
Who will speak?

Facing Diagnosis

Borrowed Time
Alice Gomez - Composer
Janey Hall - Soloist

A thief called chance
has taken control
stolen a thread
unraveled my soul
The fabric of life
begins to unwind
Is this borrowed time?
Caught in a whirlwind, spinning along
Held in a dance where the steps are all wrong
Unable to more, unable to stay
Life is a monochrome canvas of gray
Sends chills up my spine; can't find peace of mind
Is this borrowed time?
Choking on hope
blinded by fear
Vistas keep shifting
direction unclear
Lost in this desert
and I'm terrified
Is this borrowed time?

The Partner's Voice

The Promise Lives On
Rosephanye Powell - Composer

Standing together
two hears, one soul
facing the future
how could we know?
We dreamed tomorrow
would be like today
Never imagined
it could all slip away.
I made a promise
I gave you my vow
The stars were all shining
Where are they now?
Here in the shadows
where have they gone?
My heart remembers
and my promise lives on.
I Promised you comfort
when there is pain
I promised you sunshine
when there is rain
I promised you springtime
through winter's cold
I promised you more love
than one heart can hold.
Yes, my heart remembers
my promise lives on
love for a lifetime
and even beyond
Know that I need you
the way I did then
I gave you my promise
and I give it again
I gave you my promise
and I give it again.

Taking Control

Livin' Out Loud Blues
Robert Seely

Can't hear you knockin'
there at my door
Can't hear your footsteps
across my floor
See your lips movin'
can't hear a sound
Too busy livin'
livin' out loud.
I'm not defeated
you have not won
Race is not over
just startin' to run
Givin' you notice
time you saw the light
I won't surrender
decided to fight.
Life is a feast
and I'm here to dine
eat every mouthful
drink all my wine
I'm at the table
you can't take my plate
I'm slammin' the door
and lockin' the gate.
Don't be mistaken
don't be deceived
leave when I'm ready
go when I please
And when I go
my head won't be bowed
Go like I came here
livin' out loud
Go like I came here
livin' out loud.


The Child's Voice


Come To Me, Mother
Jill Gallina - Composer

Come to me, mother
again in my dreams
Lie down beside me
once more while you sing
Soothe all my troubles
and come ease my pain
Speak to me, mother,
and whisper my name.
Was I to blame, mother?
Why did you go
leaving me lonely
and missing you so?
you left an emptiness
no one can fill
Don't you know, mother
that I love you still?
Come to me, mother
again while I sleep
Comfort and hold me
once more while I weep
Nothing can lessen
the longing, it seems
Come to me, mother
again in my dreams.

Finding Humor in Treatment

Valse Caprice
Patti Drennan - Composer
Janey Hall, Janet Samuelson, Rod Faulkner, Daryl Curry - Soloists

Doctors' exam rooms that feel like a freezer
Placing my breast in a large metal squeezer
Taking my chemo until I turn green
Luck is no lady; she turned against me
Well-meaning friends with their crestfallen faces
Swearing if they could, that they would trade places
Wondering how this could happen to me
Luck is no lady; she turned against me.
Life's a gamble; Gotta scramble
Roll the dice with class
'cause I'm a survivor, a hell of a fighter
and cancer can kiss my #@%!
Giving up junk food for macrobiotic
Telling myself being bald is exotic
Prices of good wigs are really obscene
Luck is no lady; she turned against me
Sports Illustrated: The Swimsuit Edition
Victoria's Secret and Playboy's tradition
Reruns of Baywatch and Pamela Lee
Luck is no lay; she turned against me.
Life's a gamble; Gotta scramble
Play the cards I'm dealt
'cause I'm in control now; yes, I'm on a roll now
This cancer can go to hell!

The Sister's Voice

Girl In The Mirror
Stefania de Kennessey - Composer
Shoshannah Silverman, Laura Hardison - Soloists

Girl in the mirror
you look just like me
When I look in it
it's your face I see
I can't forget you
my sister, my friend
The mirror reminds me time and again.
When we were children
it stood in our room
silently watching
each day as we grew
Watched us play dress-up
heard each story read
saw all the laughter
each tear that we shed.
Though time hurried by
the mirror was there
Watched us try lipstick
and color our hair
It saved every secret
and heard every scheme
listened in silence
while we talked and dreamed.
When we were older
it watched us leave home
Saw us return there
with girls of our own
The mirror is mine now
you left it to me
When I'm before it
it's your face I see.
Girl in the mirror
you look just like me
When I look in it
it's your face I see
I can't forget you
my sister, my friend
The mirror reminds me
time and again.


The Mother's Voice

Who Will Curl My Daughter's Hair
David Friedman - Composer
Janey Hall, Wendy Crew, Shelly Torres-West - Soloists

Who will curl my daughter's hair?
Who will hear each bedtime prayer?
Who will sing her lullabye?
Who will hold her when she cries?
Who will teach my son to dance?
Guide him through each new romance?
Who will help his heart to grow and understand a woman's soul?
Will I see another year
give a hug or dry a tear
mark an inch upon the wall?
They are so young; they are so small
Will I dress her for the prom
show him stars to wish upon?
Will I have another day
to watch my children as they play?
I've no time to ask you why
no time to grieve, no time to cry
So much unsaid and left undone
I ask one thin and only one:
One more day to curl her hair
one more night to hear her prayer
one more song, a lullabye
one more time to hush her cry
One more afternoon to dance
one more glimpse of new romance
one more chance to help him grow
and understand a woman's soul.
Let me see another year
give one more hug, dry one more tear
mark one more inch upon the wall
live to see them standing tall
one more dress, another prom
one more star to wish upon
One more moment, one more day
one more chance to watch them play
once again is all I pray.

Pursuing a Cure

Groundless Ground
W.T. Greer - Composer
W.T. Greer, Shelly Torres-West - Soloists

Every woman, everyman
arm in arm, hand in hand
Rising up, taking a stand
walking to the promised land.
leading the way at every turn
every day, standing firm
Never turn back, never look down
stepping out on groundless ground.
marching ahead, moving along
lifting up the shouting song
Getting closer, climbing high
taking up the battle cry.
Won't be denied, cannot fail
born to survive, born to prevail
Keeping the faith, onward bound
stepping out on groundless ground.


Proclaiming Hope

One Voice: I will Not be Silent
Joseph Martin - Composer
Daryl Curry, Wendy Crew, Fred Poggemeyer, Michael Murry, Kimberly Earls, Ken Gartman - Soloists

I am one voice
one voice singing in the dark
Just one lonely voice
but my song can be a spark
Come and join me
we can light a fire so bright
the world will be dancing in our light
and we will not be silent anymore.
I am one voice; I will not be silent
I will keep on singing 'til I'm heard
I am one voice; I will not be silent
'til my song is sung around the world
You have only begun
to hear the power of one
I will keep on singing 'til I'm heard.
We are one voice; we will not be silent
We will keep on singing 'til were heard
We are one voice; we will not be silent
'til our song is sung around the world
Let the music begin
and let hope live again
We will keep on singing 'til we're heard.
WE will keep on singing 'til our work is done
We will keep on singing 'til the race is won
We will keep singing 'til the ribbons that we wear
wave like banners of life in the air!
We have one life; one choice; one hope
We are one voice!

PRODUCTION NOTES

OTHER

Turtle Creek Chorale

Turtle Creek Chorale (TCC) is a 250-member male chorus with a repertoire ranging from Bach to Broadway and from sacred to secular. In 1995, the Chorale traveled to Europe, performing benefit concerts to sold-out audiences in Barcelona, Berlin and Prague. TCC also has performed for notables including the Queen of England and former President George Bush, The Chorale, with 23 CDs to date, is the most recorded male chorus in history, and is featured on the EMMY award-winning PBS documentary, "After Goodbye: An AIDS Story ." Turtle Creek Chorale also holds the Guinness World Record for the Longest Continuous Choral Concert: 20 Hours and 23 seconds.

The Women's Chorus of Dallas

The Women's Chorus of Dallas (TWCD) has entered its twelfth season with more that 120 dedicated singers, eight compact discs, a strong history of community service and growing recognition as one of the nation's finest women's choruses. TWCD provides musical excellence and quality entertainment through a wide range of repertoire including classical, sacred, pop and show tunes. The Women's Chorus of Dallas has maintained a close association with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and has been featured at a number of the Foundation's events.

Dr. Timothy Seelig - Conductor

Since becoming Artistic Directory of TCC in 1987 and TWCD in 1994, Dr. Timothy Seelig has led the choruses in a number of significant achievements and has developed an active performance schedule with other arts organizations nationwide. Dr. Seelig is both performer and educator. He holds the Master of Music and the Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of North Texas as well as the Diploma in Lieder and Oratorio from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Dr. Seelig is also a member of the music faculty of Southern Methodist University, and received the 1995 President's Citation as Distinguished Alumnus from The University of North Texas.

Pamela Martin - Librettist

Pamela Martin is a widely published lyricist who has collaborated with many composers and currently has more that 70 pieces with several major publishers. Her work is widely diverse and crosses the educational and sacred boundaries. While devoting her time to Sing for the Cure, she interviewed men and women from across the United States; many of their stories are the inspiration in the work. Mrs. martin is a frequent speaker on the art of lyric writing. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, composer Joseph Martin, and their children.


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Dr. Maya Angelou - Narrator
Pamela Martin - Lyrics and Narration
Brant Adams - Orchestration

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