Aubrey Allicock will lift his voice for those touched by cancer at the annual Sing for Siteman concert. Through Stevie Wonder’s If It’s Magic, the Opera Theatre performer will honor his father, a colon cancer survivor, as well as event founder Carol Wong’s father, who lost his battle with cancer. “I don’t know one person who hasn’t been affected by cancer, and it’s such a wonderful gift to be able to help,” Allicock says.
The fourth annual event will feature Allicock and eight additional internationally renowned Opera Theatre singers, accompanied by Wong, an acclaimed concert pianist, at Washington University’s Whitaker Hall to benefit Siteman Cancer Center’s Discovery Fund at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.
The show provides concertgoers with a rare chance to see the principal performers from all four shows in Opera Theatre’s new season in one intimate venue. A Julliard School graduate, Allicock stars in this year’s performances of the original jazz opera, Champion. After performing at Sing for Siteman last year, he jumped at the chance to take the stage again in support of promising new cancer therapies and treatments. “It was a no-brainer for me,” he says.
Deanna Breiwick, a Julliard School graduate and star of Opera Theatre’s Pirates of Penzance, also will sing for Siteman for the second consecutive year. “They usually don’t have same performers do it again, but we insisted on coming back because it really is such a special night,” notes Breiwick, whose close friend overcame a long battle with stage 4 colon cancer. “You really feel like you are helping in a concrete way—to fight cancer and bring about a lot of positive change.” This time around, Breiwick will sing Make the Man Love Me, about a woman who is in love, but the man doesn’t quite know she is the one for him yet. “It’s a very heartfelt, sincere song that everyone can relate to,” she explains.
Also donating their time and talents for this year’s show are Opera Theatre stars Corinne Winters, Matthew Plenk, Emily Pulley, Hugh Russell, Thomas Hammons, Matthew Burns and Meredith Arwady. The artists, who will sing opera songs to Broadway and cabaret numbers, regularly perform around the globe on such renowned stages as The Metropolitan Opera and the English National Opera.
In addition to unique performances, attendees also will experience stories of loss and survival from those affected by cancer. And following the special show, guests will have the opportunity to interact with the artists during a dessert reception. “People from all walks of life and different experiences come together for this cause,” Breiwick says. “And we all do songs that are special to our hearts.”
Sing for Siteman
WHEN: Monday, June 10, 7:30-9 p.m.
WHERE: Washington University’s Whitaker Hall
DETAILS: 'Meet the Artists' dessert reception will follow the concert
COST: $100, preferred seating; $50, open seating
INFORMATION: 961-0644 or opera-stl.org/singforsiteman