Celebrity Spotlight: Barry Manilow

“A Gift of Love” concert series to benefit C.O.D. and other local charities

by Danielle Kedzior
Arts and Entertainment Editor

Acclaimed singer,songwriter, and philanthropist Barry Manilow is set to grace the stage of the McCaullum Theatre, December 11-16, to perform in a concert series  named, “A Gift of Love.” In 2009, the series made its debut and raised nearly a half a million dollars for various local charities. This December will be Manilow’s second time performing the series.

Barry Manilow has sold more than 80 million records wordwide and “is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time, according to R&R (Radio & Records) and Billboard magazines” according to barrymanilow.com.

The series will benefit twenty seven  charities within the Coachella valley each performance.

Manilow told KESQ that he’s “looking forward to creating an emotional experience”  through the concert. Touching peoples hearts, minds, and senses should make for an enthralling performance by Manilow.

“There are just great people here in the Coachella valley and I’m happy to be able to do this kind of thing five nights to say thank you to the community.” Manilow has a heart for the desert and looks for ways to step up and help out his community.

“To have such a musical icon step up for our desert is phenomenal.” says Dorothy Thies, a resident here in the Coachella Valley who purchased tickets to the show.

The concert series seems to be an immensely popular show. Thies praised the concept of a fundraiser concert series. “ Its so rewarding to not only see Barry Manilow, but also to see that my money is going to benefit such wonderful charities,” Thies said.

She describes herself as an avid “fanilow”, a witty term used to describe avid Barry Manilow fans. “I would have gotten more (tickets) if they were available,” Thies said when talking about how popular his concert was.“ I got the last two handicap seat tickets.”  Thies was “ecstatic” that she snagged those seats. “ I’ve always wanted to see him in concert.” she adds.

For the ultimate fanilow, there are VIP Gold tickets available, priced at $750, which assures seating in the first 4 rows of the McCallum Theatre and a picture with Manilow. $500 of the proceeds from each VIP Gold ticket will be donated to the COD Foundation. There are also VIP Platinum tickets available for purchase that provide a font row seat for the show, as well as allow the ticket holder to attend a pre-show champagne reception and photo with Manilow. These limited VIP Platinum tickets cost $1,500, $1000 of which will also be donated to the College of the Desert Foundation. For information about these VIP tickets, please call 760-346-3363 or visit the COD Foundation website.

For general ticket information, please visit mccaullumtheatre.com or call (760) 340-ARTS.

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