Six months ago Stromae made a gut-wrenching music video about cancer called “Quand C’est?” and it got global attention. The lyrics talk about breast and lung cancer, which hold a great deal of awareness and research. However, one of the most aggressive kinds of cancer is actually pancreatic cancer. The local music scene is reeling from the news of Sandi Peaslee’s stage four cancer of the pancreas. She is a retired music teacher from Lexington High school who influenced many students from the 1960’s through the 1990’s. LHS alumni and Jeffrey Leonard (current director of the music program at Lexington High School) are coordinating a concert benefit and plan to present her with a photo book to recognize her contribution to the community.
This concert will feature former students from around the country and even the world. Performers will include professional musicians (such as an opera singer), university music professors, business leaders, non-profit members and some celebrities. Lexington native and Tony award winner, Fred Barton will be taking part. He wears many hats as a composer, director, actor, pianist, singer, arranger, conductor, and lyricist but you probably remember him best from “Forbidden Broadway.” He also composed for “The Magic School Bus” and “Eureeka’s Castle.” Soap opera star Susan Scannell will be in attendance, as well. We’re most excited to hear about Amanda Palmer participating in this event. She has a solo career now, but many fans recall her days as the lead singer and pianist for the The Dresden Dolls. She grew up in Lexington herself. In fact, according to Wikipedia, “Palmer began inviting Lexington High School students to perform drama pieces at the Dresden Dolls’ live shows.” It is also rumored that Brad Ellis from “Glee” might be involved in this concert, but this has not been confirmed.
The Sandi Peaslee concert will be on Sunday, April 10 at 3:00 PM, located at the Gillespie Auditorium at Lexington High School. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. At Sandi’s request, the proceeds from the event will go to FOLMADS, Friends of Lexington Music, Arts and Drama Students. You can purchase your tickets here or at the door. If you are a former student of hers (or just believe in the cause) and wish to be in the show, you can still register to sing with the group. If you can’t make it to the concert, but still wish to show your support, there’s a GoFundMe account for this fundraiser. For more information about the Sandi Peaslee concert, visit the event website.