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Katharine McPhee to headline Gala2012

Katharine McPhee, star of the TV series SMASH, will headline Gala2012 in October.

Katharine McPhee, the multi-talented recording artist and radiant actress from NBC’s hit television series SMASH, will headline Gala2012 on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Gala Evening tickets are on sale now for An Evening with Katharine McPhee. Tickets for Zoellner Arts Center’s premier fundraiser are $550, which includes a cocktail reception, elegant dinner, preferred concert seating and a post-performance dessert reception. Contact Linda Schmoyer at 610-758-5071 or email gala2012@lehigh.edu for purchase information.

Concert-only tickets go on sale to the general public July 19. The tickets cost $150/$75 and include a post-performance dessert reception. Only Zoellner Arts Center subscribers will be able to purchase concert-only tickets in advance of the general public. The best way to get the best seats is with a Zoellner Arts Center subscription. For information, contact Ticket Services at 610-758-2787 or go to www.zoellnerartscenter.org.

In addition to her starring role on SMASH, McPhee has co-starred in episodes of CSI: NY, Community and The Family Guy.  She was also featured on two hit PBS specials, Foster and Friends and Chris Botti in Boston, alongside Sting, Andrea Bocelli and John Mayer. She spent 2010 touring the country with her album Unbroken, which included the hit single Had It All.  McPhee released her first Christmas album in 2010, covering yuletide classics and singing an original Christmas song It’s Not Christmas Without You. The album climbed the charts with the top-five holiday hit I’ll Be Home for Christmas.

McPhee’s self-titled debut album exploded onto the Billboard 200 chart in 2007 and landed at No. 2. It was also the best chart debut for a female artist in two years. Her first single, Over the Rainbow/My Destiny, debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales chart. The album went gold in 2008, and in 2009, she garnered a Young Hollywood Award for Best Female Vocalist. McPhee also recently signed with Columbia Records and will be releasing her first Columbia record in 2012. McPhee is also a passionate philanthropist.

Funds raised at Gala2012 support the arts at Lehigh by bridging the gap between ticket revenues and the costs of presenting outstanding artists, community outreach and educational programs. Gala Committee members are Oldrich Foucek III, chair; Terri Bartholomew, Jasmin Bourdier-Caceres, Valerie Johnson, Kirk Kozero, Lisa Macsisak, Brenda McGlade, Colleen Mooney-McGee, Alex Tamerler and Ilene Wood.

Story by Lynn Farley

Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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