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September 17, 2012

Andover High singers join gala for Voices of Hope

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Mercer says that the choirs from Andover High School perform and compete often, and are very excited to appear at Jordan Hall.

“It’s a great opportunity for them to be involved in performing at a wonderful facility,” says Mercer.

The show will include 185 performers altogether, including the Andover choirs, members in the Voices of Hope group, and the orchestra. The gala will get a little extra star power, too, in the form of special guests Livingston Taylor, WMJX’s Candy O’Terry, and master of ceremonies Jordan Rich of WBZ News Radio 1030.

A silent auction, featuring donations from the Red Sox, Patriots, a guitar signed by Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, a vacation rental, and other items will kick off the evening.

This year, the money raised from the event will benefit the new Henri and Belinda Termeer Center for Targeted Therapies at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.

Although there will be remembrances of loved ones who’ve been touched by and have fought cancer, Chastain emphasizes the word “hope” in his organization’s name. What started as a way for a son to grieve has become a celebration, with lively, fun, and energetic performances. Celebrating hope and life in the face of tragedy seems a fitting tribute to Chastain’s mother.

“She was always upbeat even though she was in a lot of pain,” Chastain says of his mother, and the work he’s doing in her memory is no different. “It’s an uplifting show.”

If you go: What: Voices of Hope's 4th Annual Fall Gala. Where: Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. When: Saturday, September 15; silent auction at 7 p.m.; performance at 8 p.m. How: Tickets are $37 to $67. Visit voicesofhopeboston.org or call theJordan Hall box office at 617-585-1260.

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