An Opportunity for the Community

Members of the Manassas Chorale will sing at Sunday evening's benefit concert.

Members of the Manassas Chorale will sing at Sunday evening’s benefit concert.

I wanted to make you Faithful Readers aware of an opportunity for anyone who has a heart.

Over 70 local musicians will combine forces for a benefit concert on this Sunday evening to benefit the Rancourt family, which includes two little girls with serious medical conditions.

The concert will take place at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary at Manassas Baptist Church and feature violin and piano solos, vocal solos, a clarinet duet and selections by the Manassas Chorale and Sanctuary Choir, accompanied by a chamber orchestra.

Manassas residents Jacques and Emily Rancourt adopted Lily Grace and Mackenzie Ty from China last year.

Lily has heart problems and Mackenzie’s untreated ear infections before her adoption have resulted in several surgeries. The couple’s fifth daughter, Addy Hope, was stillborn on May 6.

Musicians include  singers Bill Lacy and Jerry Pankey; clarinetists Catlin Beare and Danielle Frazelle;  violinists Laura Giz Frazelle and Samantha Kline; and pianists Patricia Parker, Tuyet-Minh Tran, Madelyn Kline and Matthew Wampler.

In addition, the Manassas Chorale will combine with the Sanctuary Choir from Manassas Baptiust Church for two anthems.

An offering will be taken to help defray the family’s considerable medical expenses.

For more information about the benefit concert or to learn how to make a donation, email Becky Verner at or call 703-361-2146, extension 291.

Manassas Baptist Church is located at the corner of Sudley and Stonewall roads in Manassas.

I’ll be singing for this, and while I’m a garden variety choral musician, the other musicians involved are phenomenal. I hope to see you there, and I hope you support this family which has been through so much.

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