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TOL PR 2016-01-06 Lift Every Voice choir festival Town of Leesburg News Release For Immediate Release Media Contact: Betsy Arnett, Public Information Officer barnett@leesburgva.gov  703-771-2734 Loudoun Chorale Announces “Lift Every Voice” Choir Festival to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leesburg, VA (January 6, 2016) – The Loudoun Chorale is pleased to announce the 2nd annual “Lift Every Voice” Choir Festival, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to be held on Sunday, January 17, at 4:00pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 605 West Market Street in Leesburg, Virginia. The program will feature musical offerings by the Chorus of the Old Dominion, the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Chancel Choir and Trinity Men’s Chorus, the Loudoun County High School Chamber Choir, the Leesburg Presbyterian Church Choir, the Mount Zion United Methodist Church Combined Choir and the Leesburg United Methodist Church Choir , as well as the Loudoun Chorale. Each group will present selections and the audience will be invited to participate in two hymns. The festival will conclude with a combined choir performance with audience participation. Guest speakers include Phillip E. Thompson, Esq., President, NAACP Loudoun Branch; Kristen C. Umstattd, Leesburg District Member, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors; Mollie Christ, Vice Chair, Leesburg Commission on Public Art; Enrique Gonzalez, Chair, Leesburg Diversity Commission; and Phyllis J. Randall, Chair at Large, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. Admission is free. A free-will offering will be collected to benefit Loudoun Interfaith Relief. Following the festival, the audience is invited to enjoy light refreshments with the participants. Any audience members who may be interested in joining the Loudoun Chorale are invited to stay to observe and participate in their weekly rehearsal at Holy Trinity , beginning at 6:00pm. The Loudoun Chorale received a grant from the Town of Leesburg, through the Commissi on on Public Art, in support of the “Lift Every Voice” Choir Festival. The grant was partially funded by the Town’s Local Challenge Grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. For more information about the festival, visit www.loudounchorale.org or call 571-207-5354. # # #