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P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000
phone 631 344-2345
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founded by Stony Brook University and Battelle

News Release

Number: 03-05
Released: January 17, 2003
Contact: Diane Greenberg, 631 344-2347 or Mona S. Rowe, 631 344-5056

Gospel Extravaganza at Brookhaven Lab, February 8

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 8, at 7 p.m. in the Laboratory’s Berkner Hall. The concert is open to the public. All visitors to Brookhaven Lab age 16 and over must bring a photo ID.

The program will feature The Shekinah Choir, the official choir of the Church of God in Christ, Third Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, Eastern New York. Established in 1988, the choir has given concerts in New York and the surrounding area under the direction of Reverend Frank Anthone White, founder and president of Music Quest Records. The choir’s recordings include “For This...We Have Jesus” and “Havin’Church.”

Other choirs performing include the BNL Gospel Choir, comprised of Brookhaven National Laboratory employees and their families; Shana Griffin-Sneed, a sixth-grade student from Bellport Middle School who has performed at Stony Brook University’s Staller Center for the Arts, among other venues; The Heavenly Homeboys, a two-year-old group from Brooklyn, NY; and Divine Expression, a group from the First Baptist Church, Bayshore, NY, who 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 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.

The Laboratory is located on William Floyd Parkway, one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 of the Long Island Expressway.