For more information, contact:
Diane Greenberg, 631 344-2347, or
Mona S. Rowe, 631 344-5056

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January 3, 2002

Electronic newsroom



Gospel Extravaganza at Brookhaven Lab, February 2

UPTON, NY - In honor of Black History Month, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory will present a gospel concert on Saturday, February 2, at 7 p.m. in the Laboratory’s Berkner Hall. The concert is open to the public.

The program will feature The Long Island Voices Foundation Mass Choir. This Brentwood-based choir won first-place in both the 1999 McDonald’s Gospel Fest held at Madison Square Garden and the 2001 Pathmark International Gospel Competition held at the Apollo Theatre. The choir performed as backup singers for Whitney Houston and Mark Anthony for the 2000 Whitney Houston Save the Children Campaign concert in Manhattan.

Other choirs performing include the Gene Bridges and the Wings of Faith, Deer Park, and the Joy of Life Ensemble, eastern Long Island. In addition, Rosemary Rogers from Southampton will sing gospel selections solo. Both the Spiritual Stars, Riverhead, and The First Baptist Church Dance Ministry of Riverhead will perform praise-dancing, a form of worship through dance.

Tickets for the concert may be purchased at the door, but seating is limited, so advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are on sale at the Brookhaven Employees Recreation Association (BERA) Sales Office in the Laboratory’s Berkner Hall on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If purchased in advance, tickets cost $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. If purchased at the door, tickets cost $15 for adults, while they remain at $6 for children under 12.

For ticket information, call Brookhaven’s Community Involvement, Education, Government and Public Affairs Office at 631 344-2345, or the BERA Sales Office at 631 344-3347. For information on ticket availability on the date of the concert, call 631 344-3547 after 4 p.m.

For security reasons, everyone over 16 years old must present a photo ID to the guard at the Laboratory entrance to be allowed entry on to the site. The Laboratory is located on William Floyd Parkway, one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 of the Long Island Expressway.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies. Brookhaven also builds and operates major facilities available to university, industrial, and government scientists. The Laboratory is managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, a limited liability company founded by Stony Brook University and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.