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March 29, 2011

Seven and Senators to Perform at Simmons Cancer Institute

Springfield High School’s “The Seven and Senators” will perform at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the lobby of Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, 315 W. Carpenter in Springfield.  The performance is open to the public and will be approximately 30 - 45 minutes.

The ensemble consists of high school juniors and seniors who audition for the choir.  They will perform jazz standards, as well as current songs.  Originally called “The Singing Seven” when the group was founded more than 50 years ago, the choir’s name was changed to “The Seven and Senators” when it expanded to more than seven members.

Evidence has shown that music therapy can “reduce high blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, depression and sleeplessness,” according to the American Cancer Society.  Medical experts believe it can reduce some symptoms, aid healing, improve physical movement and enrich a patient’s quality of life.

The mission of the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer care needs through education, research, patient care and community service.  Its Web site is

For further information, contact Cindy Davidsmeyer, Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU, 545-3837.