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Heart and song

Angie Frederickson
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Marianna Parnas-Simpson, Robert Simpson

Marianna Parnas-Simpson and Robert Simpson (Photo: Jeff Grass Photography)

The Houston Chamber Choir celebrated 28 years of making music at the Heart & Song gala at the Petroleum Club. Choir member Marianna Parnas-Simpson and Houston Chamber Choir founder and artistic director Robert Simpson (pictured) joined more than 160 supporters for dinner, cocktails, and plenty of music. Along with wine and champagne, guests enjoyed a specialty cocktail named “Ain’t it a Pretty Night,” while local pianist Marvin Gaspard provided pre-dinner entertainment. During dinner, choir members Rebecca Castillo, Rameen Chaharbaghi, Wayne Ashley, Emily Wolfe, Melanie Piché Miller, Paul Steffan, and Patrick Schneider each performed a solo, accompanied by Dr. Andreea Mut on the piano. The successful evening raised $400,000 and concluded with the choir singing “Drinking of the Wine.”

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