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FM opera and choral groups stage benefit concert for local singer

Funds raised will help Casey Bartz fight a rare cancer.

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MOORHEAD — The Fargo-Moorhead Opera , Fargo-Moorhead Choral Artists and the Concordia Choir will hold a special benefit concert for local singer, Casey Bartz, on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Trinity Lutheran Church .

A Moorhead-based optometrist, Bartz was diagnosed in March with a rare cancer in his chest called, teratoma, a germ cell tumor. After thoracic and neck surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., to remove the tumor and lymph nodes, three additional surgeries were necessary.

Surgeries and chemotherapy have kept him away from work at Moorhead Vision Associates.

There is no admission for the 7 p.m. concert but donations can be made to Bartz’s fundraising Lend a Hand Up page .

Funds raised will help cover expenses like travel and lodging for visits to Mayo as well as lost wages.

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Among the songs performed in the concert will be the world premiere of a new Christmas song written by Michael Ching with Holly Janz as soloist. Other works include the classic opera duets from "The Pearl Fishers" and "Lakmé."

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