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Resident Sings to Help Cure MS

Karen Amlaw will be among the performers at a concert Sunday in Arlington.

Westborough resident Karen Amlaw will sing directly before and directly after intermission at a multiple sclerosis benefit concert this Sunday.

Amlaw will perform at the Music to Cure MS concert for the third straight year. This year, she is handling its marketing as well. The concert is in its tenth year.

“As it turned out, the first year that I sang on it, one of my colleagues, Dennis Deyo, who used to teach at Robinson Music and actually lives here in Westborough as well, was diagnosed with MS,” Amlaw says.

This year’s concert is from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Park Avenue Congregational Church in Arlington. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 or at the door for $25 ($10 for MSers, students, MIT staff, and seniors). A raffle will be held at intermission, and refreshments will be sold to further support the cause.

The proceeds will benefit the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis.

Amlaw says she participates as  “a way to give back to the community.” Her fundraising page is found here.

Sunday, she notes, she will sing at “the close of the first half and the open of the second half,” both times with Danny Padgett.

The first selection is “L'altra notte in fondo al mare.” The second one is “Ritorna vincitor.”

A former restaurant manager, Amlaw was unknown to the concert’s organizer Marion Leeds Carroll, three years ago.

Amlaw says she wrote to Carroll after seeing word of the concert on the Boston Singers Resource.

“She took a chance, and let me sing three years ago,” Amlaw says.

“When I got up to rehearsal and I sang, she said, ‘Oh my gosh! Why don’t I know you? How else can I use you?’’”

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