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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 bverner@manassasbaptist.org 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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Once More, with Feeling: Voices United Concert 2013

The Chorale at the Hylton for another concert. Don't we clean up good? There'll be about thirty more of us!

Chorale at the Hylton for another concert. Don’t we clean up good? There’ll be about thirty more of us!

This next Saturday evening at 7:30 I hope you’ll join me and a hundred and twenty or so of my most musical friends as the Manassas Chorale and the Voices United 2013 Choir present a varied program of sacred and inspiring choral literature ranging from Handel to spirituals and gospel songs and back again.

The VU 2013 Choir, as we like to call it, draws from about thirty musical choirs and groups and will be under the direction of Pepper Choplin, an American composer and director, who will conduct the Choir during the second half of the program. Participants in the choir have attended several rehearsals and an all-day workshop with Pepper during the day on Saturday.

Tickets are available at the Hylton Center for the Performing Arts box office (on the Prince William campus of George Mason University). For more information, check out this link or visit the Chorale’s event notice on the Hylton site

Here’s a list of what we’ll be singing, along with some comments. (Please remember I was a literature major, not a music major.)

“God of Our Fathers”: a rousing anthem arrangement of the hymn by Mack Wiburg of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This one will lift you out of your seat!
“To God Be the Glory”: Arranged by Pepper Choplin, this piece presents a refreshing take on the old hymn.
“A Covenant Prayer”: New composer Dan Forrest does a lovely and inspiring setting of words by John Wesley.
“You Raise Me Up:” American composer Joseph Martin has here a powerful SATB version of the song made popular by Selah and Josh Groban.
“All Things Bright and Beautiful”: This arrangement shows John Rutter,The dean of British choral music at his best. Just lovely.
“Worthy Is the Lamb” and “Amen” from Messiah : Handel rocks!
“Tune My Heart:” arranged by Glenn A. Pickett sets “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” in an Appalachian mode.
“Prayer of St. Francis:” American composer Allen Pote’s arrangement of the poem by St. Francis of Assisi is a fresh take on an old text.
“Lay Up Your Treasures in Heaven:” Pepper Choplin indulges in a gospel style for this work. A lot of fun.
“This Is My Song:” This arrangement by Douglas E. Wagner, based on “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius, uses the words of an old hymn for a fortuitous wedding of text and music.
“For the Beauty of the Earth:” Arranged by John Rutter. Ah, yes.
“Create in Me:” The words and music to this Voices United song were written by Manassas resident Kimberley Hill, who has also sung with the
Manassas Chorale. “Create in Me” is Kim’s third published
piece through Shawnee Press/Hal Leonard Corporation.)
“River in Judea”” A text by Jack Feldman, arranged by John Leavitt, provides a rich and spiritual musical experience.
“I’m Going Home:” Pepper Choplin evokes shape-note singing and the Sacred Harp songbook (1844) with this resonant anthem.
“One World:” This original composition by American composer Mark Hayes is both stirring and inspiring with its heartfelt wish for peace and unity.

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