For charity: a cabaret!

Performers (clockwise from upper left corner): Thea Kano, Peter Fox, Will Hopkins, Tim Tourbin, Michael Shea and Jeff Hamlin.

According to Wikipedia, “cabaret” is a form of entertainment featuring comedy, song, dance and theatre, distinguished mainly by the performance venue — a restaurant or nightclub with a stage for performances and the audience sitting at tables (often dining or drinking) watching the performance being introduced by a master of ceremonies.

And at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, that’s what RAAC (the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and Community) is sponsoring at the home of Michael Shea, at 559 Viewtown Road, Amissville. The purpose of the Cabaret is to raise funds for RAAC, the nonprofit community organization whose mission is to create the opportunity for all residents of Rappahannock County to enrich their lives through exposure to the arts.

RAAC promotes a sense of community through programs, arts events, cinema, workshops, theater, speakers, concerts, school events and other activities that enhance the communal and artistic well being. Funds are raised not only through membership fees but also through special events like this one.

Hors d’oeurvres, wine and carbonated drinks will be served but the entertainment is the real draw. Thea Kano, with a doctorate in choral conducting from UCLA, directs evening’s performance. Kano moved to Washington, D.C. in 2004 and is associate conductor of the Washington Chorus, assistant conductor of the Gay Men’s Chorus and artistic director of the Capitol Hill Youth Chorus and the New York City Master Chorale.

Also performing are:

• Peter Fox, a jazz and adult contemporary solo vocalist based in D.C. who has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Corcoran Gallery, the Lincoln Theatre, the Tivoli Theatre, Lisner Auditorium, numerous embassies, hotel ballrooms, convention facilities and churches and many other venues.

• Will Hopkins, an award-winning songwriter who splits his time between Flint Hill and Nashville, where he is making a name for himself as one of the finest up-and-coming songwriters in the country. Hopkins is well known in the Rappahannock community as a generous host as well as performer of his own songs.

• Tim Tourbin often serves as a master of ceremonies. One of his favorite moments as a performer was singing for Barbara Cook in a master class at the Kennedy Center. He was one of two people memorialized on a CD by Cook after taking her master class. He also participated in the Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration, appearing in “Sweeney Todd.” Some of his other musical credits include “Merrily We Roll Along,” “Grand Hotel,” “Cabaret,” “Company in the Park” and “A Christmas Carol.”

• Michael Shea, host with his partner for the cabaret evening, began studying voice when he was 10. He currently is a member of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington (GMCW) and studies voice with Jeff Buhrman, the musical director of GMCW.

• Jeff Hamlin, accompanist for the evening, is an attorney by day and freelance musician by night. He holds a bachelor of music from Southwest Baptist University and a law degree from Georgetown University. He performs in the Washington D.C. area, most often with GMCW.

Space is limited to 40 persons. Admission is $50, with the entire proceeds going to support RAAC. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the RAAC voice line, 540-675-3193, or by emailing Your reservation will be confirmed.

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A retired federal employee, Bette spends a lot of time volunteering in Rappahannock County.