Julie Scolnik knows only too well the strain that comes with breast cancer treatments.

She is the artistic director of a well-known chamber music group founded in Andover. She has also lived the nightmare of breast cancer — the stress on the body and mind of fighting the disease.

Scolnik went through breast cancer treatments in 2005. Now happily cancer-free, she uses her musical connections with the local Mistral Music group to raise money for women living through similar challenges who need support.

Mistral will host a special concert on Nov. 17 at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall to benefit women with breast cancer in the Greater Boston area.

World-renowned conductor Sir Simon Rattle will lead a full symphony orchestra. The orchestra musicians come from esteemed musical groups, including the Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and New York Philharmonic.

Rattle and the musicians are donating their services to raise money to promote access and excellence in care for women fighting breast cancer. The Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence is among the beneficiaries of the event.

The program includes Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro; Beethoven: Adagio molto e cantabile from Symphony No. 9; and Brahms: Symphony No. 1.

This concert is the third in a series of benefit concerts that Scolnik, formerly of Andover and now of Brookline, has organized to help breast cancer patients.



What: Hope & Harmony, chamber music concert with Mistral Music to help women with breast cancer

When: Sunday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Where: New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall, 30 Gainesborough St., Boston

Tickets: $50, $75, $100; at www.MistralMusic.org; 978-474-6222

More information: HopeAndHarmony@MistralMusic.org



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