Stamford Concert To Benefit Musical Therapy

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Christine Occhino's (right) Pop Music Academy will be raising funds for the music therapy program at Stamford Hospital, which Amy Zabin runs, at its first showcase. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. — Professional and aspiring musicians will come together in Stamford Saturday night to help cancer patients with the Pop Music Academy’s showcase.

A portion of the proceeds will go toward the music therapy program at the Carl & Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center, and for scholarships to the academy for underprivileged children, a release said.

“I am so delighted to be able to have this showcase and donate funds to a music therapy program in my own community while also doing my part to keep our performing arts culture alive,” Christine Occhino, owner and artistic director of the Pop Music Academy, said in the release.

Amy Zabin, a certified musical therapist for the cancer center, will be a guest speaker at Saturday’s show.

“We are so grateful for (Occhino’s) support in raising awareness about how music therapy uses the power of music not just to heal, but to bring communities together,”  she said in the release.

Zabin often speaks to patients in chemotherapy or who are hospitalized, and helps decrease their fears and anxiety as well as express their feelings through playing music,  the release said.

The recital will start at 7 p.m. and take place at Rippowam Middle School, 381 High Ridge Road. Tickets are $10 for kids under 18 and seniors, $15 for adults, and $25 for VIP seating. Tickets can be purchased at The Pop Music Academy, 1200 High Ridge Road.

For more information, call 203-322-4767, visit the Pop Music Academy’s website, or email.

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