The Rapp for Jan. 28

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At the Theatre, a piano recital with song

By Christian Steiner
Mikhail Yanovitsky will play works of Beethoven and Rachmaninoff, among others, Saturday at the Theatre at Washington. By Christian Steiner

The Theatre at Washington welcomes pianist Mikhail Yanovitsky and soprano Galina Sakhnovskaya on Saturday (Jan. 30) at 5 p.m. Yanovitsky will play music of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Verdi and Puccini.

Yanovitsky made his debut with the Leningrad Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic, and the Leningrad Philharmonic in the 1980s. After moving to the United States, he won the Gina Bachauer Piano Graduate Scholarship which allowed him to study at the Juilliard School in New York. In 2002, he completed his doctorate at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he is currently on the faculty. He has performed at concert halls throughout the world, including the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. The New York Times has praised Mikhail Yanovitsky’s playing, “Particularly striking was the sound: big without brutality, rich but always clear in focus.”

Born in Moldova, award winning lyric soprano Galina Sakhnovskaya has emerged as an artist of notable versatility and remarkable vocal beauty. She received her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Peabody Conservatory of Music. Her extraordinary voice and insightful musicianship has led to performances in numerous cities in the United States as well as Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Israel, Moldova and St. Petersburg, Russia.

Tickets for the performance are $25 for adults and $10 for students under 18. For reservations visit or email the Theatre at

Benevolent Fund’s Celebrity Waiters’ Dinner

The Rappahannock Benevolent Fund’s Celebrity Waiters’ Dinner will be held on Saturday (Jan. 30) from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Washington School House. This year’s waiters are: Mark Allen and John McCaslin; Matthew and Barbara Black; Cindy and Arthur DeVore; Debbie Donehay; Mimi Forbes; General Harley Hughes and Grace Flores Hughes; John Kiser; Mike Leake; John Lesinski; Lisa and Michael Mendell; Judy Reidinger and Harold Beebout; Russ Savage; Bubby Settle and John Guido; and Pat Whorton. Since the waiters invite the guests to their tables, your best chance of getting to come to the dinner is to call a waiter and request a space if it is still available, or you can email Dee Vest ( and request a seat. We’re keeping a list of those who would like to attend and will place them at tables that have not been filled. We will fill all the seats in a first-come, first-served order. If we can’t seat you this year, we can put you at the top of the list for next year’s dinner (or you can volunteer to be a waiter).

The Benevolent Fund was created in 2008 by anonymous matching grants to provide assistance to individuals and families with short-term emergency needs for which no government or other non-governmental programs are available. Since January 2010, most of the funds matched against the anonymous grants have come from the Celebrity Waiters’ Dinner.

The dinner is managed by an ad hoc support group of community volunteers and served by “celebrity” volunteers. In addition to the price of admission, the enthusiasm of the waiters adds to the fun and entertainment. Admission is $65 per person, but come with additional funds because there will be other opportunities to spend money for a good cause. The waiter raising the most money in tips receives a prize — and the competition among the waiters is fierce. Last year’s top waiters — Mike Leake, Debbie Donehay, Annie Williams and Bubby Settle — together brought in “tips” of just under $20,000.

This year’s dinner has a Mardi Gras theme. The entertainment will draw exclusively on young and older local talent. No flaming jugglers will be included. Decorations will be New Orleans style, and dinner will include some “Big Easy” favorites, two side dishes, a vegetarian side and desserts. A vegetarian plate can be requested in advance. If you have other special requests, you can ask your waiter, who might be willing to prepare them for you if you offer a big-enough tip.

For any who would like to contribute but can’t attend the dinner, a check made payable to the Rappahannock Benevolent Fund can be sent c/o Trinity Church, P.O. Box 299, Washington, VA 22747.  Trinity Episcopal Church (a tax-exempt organization) serves as the fiscal agent for the fund. All moneys given to the Benevolent Fund are tax deductible, and there are almost no administrative costs associated with the fund.

— Bette Mahoney

Rapp at Home open house and new meeting times

The board of Rapp at Home invites the community to attend an open house on Feb. 13 at the RAAC Community Theatre, from 10 a.m. to noon. Rapp at Home is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization committed to serving the aging-in-place needs of all Rappahannock residents.

“Rapp at Home is part of a national network of ‘villages’ whose motto is neighbors helping neighbors,” said Patty Hardee, board vice president. “We coordinate and centralize access to the information and services that we all need to age comfortably and safely in the places we call home. And we’ll facilitate opportunities for members to connect socially through classes, meals, or cultural outings.”

At the open house, you’ll learn more about Rapp at Home and how they serve the community, as well as current and planned services, membership benefits, and volunteer opportunities. Refreshments will be served.

The board also meets twice a month and the meetings are open to the public. Starting Feb. 11, meetings will be held on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month at 1 p.m. in the extension office conference room above Tula’s at 311 Gay St.

For more information about the open house, board meetings or Rapp at Home, call us at 540-937-4663 or email

  • Rapp at Home Open House, Saturday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m. to noon, RAAC Community Theatre, 310 Gay St., Washington.
Earlier this month, The Washington Post featured Paul Reisler’s Kid Pan Alley, which inspires kids to create their own music.
Earlier this month, The Washington Post featured Paul Reisler’s Kid Pan Alley, which inspires kids to create their own music.

Rapp in the news: Post features Kid Pan Alley

Earlier this month, The Washington Post featured Paul Reisler’s Kid Pan Alley, which inspires kids to create their own music. In the lead of the Kids Post story: Sperryville’s Wynnie Thompson, who in elementary school had the passion, but not the confidence, to write or perform music. “When you get a bad haircut and don’t want to go to school — it’s kind of like that,” Wynnie told the Post.

That’s where Kid Pan Alley came in. The program has helped Wynnie — and about 35,000 other kids — write thousands of songs. More at

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