Concert for the Cure to feature 'a little taste of everything'

Cary Ashby • Mar 15, 2017 at 9:00 PM

Music lovers have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of genres and performers — all while supporting the American Cancer Society during a concert Saturday.

The Concert for the Cure is at 7 p.m. in the Joan C. Camp Auditorium located in the St. Paul Convocation Center. The doors open at 6:15, with raffles starting shortly afterward.

There is a $5 admission fee, but a basket will be available for donations. The proceeds of this St. Paul High School senior project benefit the American Cancer Society.

“Concessions will be by donation,” said senior Danny Ruffing, who organized the event with classmates Annika Lantz and Jay Burns.

The trio of students said they decided to make the concert a cancer benefit because the disease hits home and affects many people, so people can relate to it. 

Also, Burns said he hopes the senior project will generate more interest in music for younger students and have them take more pride in performing.

“Originally we wanted to do a marching band (show), but that didn’t work out. Then we wanted to do a choir show, but that didn’t work out. It evolved,” Ruffing added.

The marching band show would have featured multiple schools from the Firelands Conference.

“Not a competition, but a show,” Lantz said. “As many (bands) as we could get.”

Due to communication and scheduling problems, the senior project evolved into the Concert for the Cure.

The featured performers include: the St. Paul choir, jazz band, a trio called Last Call, a church praise-and-worship group known as The 5 and various small ensembles.

Each of the seniors who coordinated the project are musicians. Burns and Lantz play percussion in the St. Paul concert band. In the marching band, Burns plays quads and Lantz is  a snare drummer.

“In the concert, I will be in every group,” said Ruffing, who will play piano for the choir and jazz band. “I’m in every group except for The 5 and Last Call.”

Last Call consists of Ruffing’s mother Tina, Kathleen Sigsworth and Dina Lukasko. Saturday’s performance will feature percussionist Aaron Dunn.

“They mostly do jazz background. They will be playing at intermission,” Ruffing said.

Senior Lauren Lukasko and junior Ally Brown will sing two songs from the award-winning musical “La La Land.” Ruffing will accompany the pair on piano.

Burns, the son of Jim and Denise, considers himself the “behind the scenes” part of the senior project/concert. The Vermilion teenager said he coordinated the raffles and called businesses to get them involved “and see if they were interested in donating to a good cause.”

Lantz, the daughter Jill and Bill, said she’s an “artsy person,” so she designed the posters and program. She also created ribbons for people to wear, with different colors representing the various types of cancer.

“I will be baking stuff for the concert as well,” said the Huron teenager, referring to a bake sale.

Ruffing, the son of Tom and Tina, of Norwalk, enlisted the musicians and handled schedules. 

Concert attendees should expect to hear a variety of musical styles.

“Everybody has a different in music. So you get a little taste of everything,” Lantz said.

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