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Fundraiser helps the Capitol Hill Chorale make music

At the Capitol Hill Chorale Spaghetti Dinner/Silent Auction fundraiser, 3 year old Lily Travis is delighted by the wooden marble tower that is up for auction.
At the Capitol Hill Chorale Spaghetti Dinner/Silent Auction fundraiser, 3 year old Lily Travis is delighted by the wooden marble tower that is up for auction. (Evy Mages - For The Washington Post)

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Nearly 200 friends, family and guests of the Capitol Hill Chorale feasted on about 100 pounds of spaghetti and meatballs at the choir's annual Spaghetti Supper and silent auction recently at the Christ Church Parish Hall in Southeast Washington.

The choir performed six acts, which included a piano selection, a soprano solo and a small women's group that sang in a Jewish-Spanish dialect. Rosemary and Penelope Degn, ages 4 and 5, whose mother is in the choir, sang "Cielito Lindo" as children from the audience got up on stage to dance with them. The program ended with a soprano and bass leading the entire room in singing "Happy Trails to You."

Through ticket sales and a silent and live auction, the choir raised $9,000, which will finance future programs and commissioned compositions.

The chorale was started 17 years ago to provide musical experience for its members as they performed throughout the city. Now the 85-person choir has singers from around the metropolitan area and includes lawyers, painters, entrepreneurs, teachers, congressional staffers, State Department workers and World Bank employees. It performs three times a year.

"The wonderful thing about the chorale is that no matter how hard you work on your job, it brings everyone together in a fun setting," said Ginny Gano, the choir's administrator.

Items that were auctioned included season tickets to the Signature Theatre, tickets to Rossini's "La Cenerentola" at the Washington Concert Opera and a free weekend's stay at the Willard hotel.


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