Evening for the Angels set July 14

By Tri-City Herald staffJuly 13, 2012 

Evening for the Angels has raised more than $250,000 for the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy.

This year, the nonprofit hopes to add even more to that fund, which provides hospice care, grief support and chaplain services, when the annual event takes place July 14 in the courtyard at the Red Lion Hotel in Richland. Admission is $50.

Returning for another appearance at the event will be the husband and wife team of Erich and Jenny Parce, both professional opera singers from Seattle.

The program includes show tunes, opera and other Broadway favorites including a selection of music from Lerner and Loewe's Camelot, Meredith Wilson's The Music Man, Jerome Kern's Show Boat, Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story and Francesco Sartori's Time to Say Goodbye.

The couple will be accompanied by Tri-City pianist Libby Watrous.

Erich Parce has performed with the Washington East Opera, as well as made appearances with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the San Francisco Opera, the Greater Miami Opera, L'Opera d'Nice in France and L-Opera de Montreal in Canada.

He's also directed several operas for the Seattle Opera Co. and is a regular guest vocalist with the Seattle Symphony.

Watrous, who also plays the organ and harp, is a longtime Richland pianist and piano teacher. She is a member of the Mid-Columbia Symphony and is a frequent accompanist for soloists.

The Chaplaincy's hospice center is a Christian-based organization, but its services are available to people of all ages, religions, races or illnesses. The hospice is supported by a grief center that gives compassionate help to the families of dying people.

The money raised for its annual Evening for the Angels helps to offset costs for those services.

Tickets to the concert can be purchased at the Chaplaincy, 1480 Fowler St., Richland.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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