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Evening of music spreads wings for cause

An evening spent with angels is certainly a heavenly event.

But when The Chaplaincy presents its annual fundraiser concert -- Evening for the Angels -- there's no question it'll be an earthly event with angelic benefits.

On hand to help make that happen will be opera singers Erich Parce and his wife, Jenny Knapp-Parce, who will perform the event's musical entertainment.

The concert, which is at 8 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Richland Red Lion Hotel, features Broadway tunes as well as classic opera.

The husband and wife team are well-known in the opera world in Europe as well as North America.

Tri-City pianist Libby Watrous will accompany the couple. Admission is $50 and advance ticket purchase is required. They're available at www.tricitieschaplaincy.org or call 783-7416.

Decadent chocolate and wine also will be served during the show.

There is a sense of uplifting joy and spiritual healing attached to concert, according to Glenna Moulthrop, one of the founders of the event, which began more than a decade ago.

All proceeds from the musical benefit The Chaplaincy, whose mission is to serve the troubled, the dying, the grieving and those afflicted with life-threatening diseases such as cancer and HIV/AIDS.

No one is turned away who needs care if they cannot afford it, which is why the fundraising efforts are critical for keeping the institution afloat.

Evening for the Angels was organized in 1996 by Moulthrop, Joyce Goldsmith and Dr. Al Corrado.

Parce, a baritone, is a frequent guest with opera companies and symphonies around the globe, including New York's Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Greater Miami Opera, L'Opera d'Nice in France and L'Opera de Montreal in Canada.

His wife is a mezzo-soprano who's performed all over the country as well as occasional appearances with the Washington East Opera in Tri-Cities.

The couple, who live in Seattle, will sing a selection of music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lerner and Loewe, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Aaron Copland, Mozart, Bizet and Cole Porter.

Their accompanist, Watrous, is a staple in the Tri-City music scene. For more than two decades she has provided piano accompaniment to a slew of student and adult vocalists for various events. She also is a member of the Mid-Columbia Symphony.

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

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