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Ribbons and Rhythms helps battle Alzheimer’s

Apollo’s Legacy members Andrea Chakraborty, Briana LoCicero, Emily Carr and Lauren Chakroborty.

Apollo’s Legacy members Andrea Chakraborty, Briana LoCicero, Emily Carr and Lauren Chakroborty.

A free lawn concert at the Rec Center spearheaded by a student and recent college graduate is the newest addition to the campaign to help the cause of Alzheimer’s.

Ribbons and Rhythms, A Night of Music for the Cure takes place on the lawn at the Ridgefield Recreation Center from 6 to 9 on Saturday, June 14.

The entire program will be run by students and the performers are students as well.

Leading the effort are Lauren Chakraborty, a ninth grade student at Ridgefield High School, and Rachel Armour, a recent graduate of the Western Connecticut State University Music Department. Both are accomplishment singers and musicians and have put together a program for all ages. Both girls are involved in a variety of service programs to made life better for others.

From 6 to 7 on June 14 the younger children in three different choruses from Danbury, Ridgefield and Torrington, will perform. The Danbury Children’s Choir will be directed by Ridgefield’s own Patricia Moriarty, a well-known music teacher with the Ridgefield school system. There will also be students from Ridgebury School performing.

Then from 7 to 9, students from the middle school to college level will be performing. Known for its music with meaning, Apollo’s Legacy, an all-girl instrumental combo, will perform many of their own songs as well as songs that they have written for Alzheimer’s patients. Apollo’s Legacy is a part of the RMAC program. Then Birdwalk, a high school band, will take the stage with some interesting instrumentals.

From Western Connecticut State University there will be an a cappella group of women and the WestConn Jazz ensemble made up of Keenan Asbridge, Matt Angelo, Doug Toussaint and Matt Rousseau.

Ridgefield is proud to have the first Alzheimer’s awareness program in the schools in the nation, the first published book about Alzheimer’s by students, the first student lobby group to go to a state capital, the first Kid’s Walk and Fest in the nation, and the first kids’ Alzheimer’s float in a parade and now a night of music produced and directed by kids.

Ribbons and Rhythms is a free lawn concert. However, buckets will be passed so that people may donate whatever they wish for the cause. If it rains, the concert will be held inside the Ridgefield Recreation Center.

Bring chairs, blankets and possibly a picnic basket of food. Refreshments will be for sale and instruments will be available for the young children to play prior to the concert.

For any questions regarding the event, call me at 203-438-5441, or email shawd@wcsu.edu.

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