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Three big reasons to celebrate Christmas with Voices at the Lyric   

1 It’s Christmas
   There’s no better way to celebrate Christmas than to spend it with Voices of the South at the Lyric Theatre in downtown Birmingham Saturday, December 17 at 7 p.m.
   “Voices of the South Presents Christmas at the Lyric” is ready to go. While the show is predominantly a presentation of Christmas music, Director Matt Powell says “the first half includes a sampling of our chorus favorites, wrapped in a fun-filled script around a character who can’t get enough Christmas music!
   “The second half features Christmas favorites, and a special telling of the Christmas Story from the Gospel of Luke.
   Are you ready to get your tickets. Click here: Voices Presents Christmas.
 

It’s The Lyric
   There’s no better time to take in the refurbished Birmingham landmark than to go there when “Voices of the South presents Christmas at the Lyric.”
   Birmingham’s premiere men’s a cappella chorus is presenting a wide variety of music, including many of your Christmas favorites at the show!
   “Do you know why we are so excited to present our concert at the Lyric?” Director Matt Powell asked. “It’s because of the mark on history this theater and our craft has had on Birmingham.”
   The Lyric opened in 1914 in the middle of the Vaudeville era. A cappella harmonies graced vaudeville theater stages all across the country. “We like to think that we are keeping that tradition alive. What better way to revive a bit of history than to perform on the very stage this style of music thrived on for more than 100 years.”
    Ready now? To get your tickets, click here: Voices Presents Christmas.
 

It’s heart-warming
   There’s no better medicine to get you in the Christmas spirit than to hear Voices of the South “Rockin’ ‘Round the Christmas Tree” at the Lyric Theatre.
   Christmas is always a special time of year, but for Voices, this year is really special. Why? Because it’s “our 17th annual Christmas show,” Director Matt Powell says. And it’s not just that. “This show marks the re-opening of the Lyric Theatre as one of the great performance venues in central Alabama. We are honored to be part of the Lyric’s first year back-in-show-business.”
   Listen. Can’t you hear Christmas?
   “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…” “Happy Holidays…” “Angels We Have Heard On High…” “O Holy Night…”
   Okay. Really! It’s time to get your tickets. Tickets are going fast. Click here: Voices Presents Christmas. See you at the show!

Vestavia Voice, Shelby Living,
Birmingham Christian Family
feature Voices in December

   The local monthly newspaper Vestavia Voice ran a half-page feature on Voices in its December edition. It was written by Emily Featherston


   "The barbershop chorus that calls Vestavia Hills home will be taking its annual Christmas performance to a new venue this year: the Lyric Theatre in downtown Birmingham. This year’s show will be the 17th annual event for Voices of the South, the men’s barbershop group that rehearses at Saint Mark United Methodist Church. The Lyric originally opened in 1914 but was closed for many years, reopening this year after an extensive renovation.…."


   You can read the entire article here: Vestavia Voice Feature.
 
   The monthly magazine Birmingham Christian Family ran a half-page feature on Voices in its December edition …

   "It’s 7 p.m. on a Monday night and the richness of four-part harmony begins to echo throughout the Fellowship Hall at Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Vestavia Hills. Director Matt Powell leads a warm-up sessions as Voices of the South begins its rehearsal. The men’s a cappella chorus is an award winning group of about 30 men who meet weekly to enjoy an evening of singing a fellowship.…."

   You can read the entire article here: Birmingham Christian Family Feature.
 
   The monthly magazine Shelby Living ran a half-page feature written on Voices in its December edition. It was written by Emily Sparacino

   "If the walls of Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Vestavia Hills could talk, they would probably sing instead. Every Monday night, members of Voices of the South men’s a cappella chorus rehearse at the church for an hour and a half, singing songs that will perform at an upcoming concert or competition.…."

   You can read the entire article here: Shelby Living Magazine.

 

‘Being a part of the grand re-opening
act at the Lyric — wonderful’

Why do you sing?
   I sing because I need to sing. I’m not a competitive guy, but competing with this chorus takes my soul to a new level. I just love it because so much energy is expressed before and after a competition.
 

Why Barbershop?
   Barbershop singing has been a major part of my life since about 1980. That’s when my wife heard about a men’s chorus that was forming. I was no longer in college and I was looking for someone to sing with. Thirty-six years later.… I have made many friends and have just had a lot of fun times. I’ve been able to sing all across this nation.  My wife Penny and I still go to many international Barbershop competitions as well as the district contests. I look forward to competing at the international level again.
 

Jim’s Stats
   My name is James “Jim” Weldon. I was born in September of 1949, in St. Louis, Mo. I grew up in various towns in Oklahoma. I went to high school in Oklahoma City. I attended Oklahoma Baptist University, until I joined the U.S. Navy. I finished my U.S. Navy life in Jacksonville, Fla., where I met my wife Penny. She and I have been married for 42 years. We were married in Orange Park, Fla., in 1974. We had two daughters, Meridith and Lindsay. My daughters have given my wife and I five grandchildren, who range in age 6 to 12 years old. We stay in contact with all of them. So little compares to the joy they give us — music comes close, though!
   I started my working career with BellSouth in Jacksonville, Fla. My wife and I moved to Birmingham while I was working with BellSouth. I retired from BellSouth in 2010.
 

Barbershop Experience?
   I started singing in high school as a baritone. Later I switched to bass and then to tenor. I sang in a chorus while going to Oklahoma Baptist University. That continued until I joined the Navy. That’s when I took a break from singing. I sing lead now with Voices of the South. I sing with two choruses, Voices and The Crimson Pride from Tuscaloosa. Why? Because I can't get enough with just one!
 
An Anecdote …
   I simply can’t express how thrilling it was to get to sing on the stage at the newly renovated Lyric Theatre in downtown Birmingham this summer. The venue is gorgeous. To know that Voices was the first group to sing there in many, many years did wonders for my soul. To top it all off we are presenting our Christmas concert there on December 17. It’s going to be a very merry Christmas.
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