In Sunday’s (9/6) Orange County Register (California), Jayce Keane, director of public relations at the Pacific Symphony, writes, “Breast cancer touches everyone—young, old, men and especially women. One in eight finds herself faced with the disease. ‘Music has the power to heal, especially at times when our lives feel out of control,’ says Maxim Eshkenazy, Pacific Symphony’s assistant conductor, who lost a family member to breast cancer. ‘For me, music is the best escape, the place to be in the middle of the storm.’ Mairene Wessel was 39 when she heard the news that would change her life. It was like the band abruptly stopped playing.” Wessel says music was instrumental in her healing. “On Sept. 12, Pacific Symphony, led by Eshkenazy, hopes to shine the light on breast cancer awareness and the healing qualities of music, when it dedicates the concert ‘Tchaikovsky Spectacular,’ to the survivors of this insidious disease.”

Posted September 8, 2009