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Christmas Choir Concert Scheduled for Downtown Library

What’s Christmas without the gift of music?

Come to the Downtown Library, 300 Park Avenue, on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, for Spiritful Voices: Tribute to Glenn Burleigh, featuring the Spiritful Voices Community Choir.  The singers will set the mood for your holiday season with a concert from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

 “We feel so honored to have Spiritful Voices come to the Downtown Library to sing for us,” said librarian Darlene Browers.  “If you’ve never had the pleasure of hearing them before, you really ought to come out to hear them on Dec. 14.” The choir is a not-for-profit organization that operates out of Oklahoma City.  It is composed of 50 voices, men and women all over the age of 18. 

“The choir,” Browers continued, “is very careful to point out that their name is ‘spiritful,’ not ‘spiritual.’  ‘Spiritful’ means lively, full of spirit, and once you experience one of their performances, you’ll know that’s the right word, too.”

  This appearance by the choir is a special tribute to Oklahoma-born composer and pianist Glenn Edward Burleigh. Many will recognize his composition “Lay Aside Every Weight” as performed by Whitney Houston and the Georgia Mass Choir performed in the motion picture, “The Preacher’s Wife.” The tribute will include special musical artists and guests, including the composer’s sister, LaVonne Burleigh and Sam P. Vladovich, who founded the choir in 1999.  Everyone is invited to this holiday musical treat.          

 “Spiritful Voices: Tribute to Glenn Burleigh” is co-sponsored by the Metropolitan Library System and the Spiritful Voices Community Choir, Inc.  For more information call the Downtown Library at 231-8650.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org