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December 18, 2013

Sullivan family to perform in final concert

NORMAN — The sung words “one more time” will be bittersweet as the well-known Sullivan family performs for the last time in its 20th annual concert to benefit the Women’s Resource Center.

Four generations will unite to perform at 7 p.m. Monday on the University of Oklahoma campus in Catlett Music Center, Sharp Concert Hall. The Family Concert is free and open to the public.

Donations to benefit the Women’s Resource Center are accepted. Free parking will be available at the Elm Ave. parking facility.

Every year, members of the Sullivan family travel from across the world to put together the show the day of. The family concert is comprised of a mix of Christmas favorites and pieces the family members are working on in their own careers.

Elizabeth “Betty” Sullivan is the matriarch of her clan of eight. She is a singer, songwriter and storyteller.

Elizabeth said her life is about her family and music, and the family concert celebrates both these things while supporting a good cause. Yet, the Sullivans will say goodbye after this holiday season’s concert.

“Everything has to end,” she said.

Elizabeth said she’s not sure what is next for her as the annual concert comes to a close, but she will continue to write music for poetry and hopes to travel to London again to perform pieces she wrote for Robert and Elizabeth Browning’s poems, as she did this October with her daughter, KT.

“There’s so much I still want to do,” Elizabeth said.

Almost every second generation Sullivan performer will be at the family concert, including Pat, KT, Heather, Tim and Brooke, all except Stacy, who is currently performing “It’s a Good Day, A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee.”

Dr. Pat Sullivan serves as the medical director for Vian Nursing Home and Professional Home Hospice. Although he does not perform professionally like many of his brothers and sisters, Pat often joins the annual Christmas concert.

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