Barry Manilow's Holiday Concert Benefits Local Charities
Music legend and Palm Springs resident, Barry Manilow, will be performing a five-night holiday concert series at the McCallum Theatre.
The shows starts December 11th and run through the 16th.
This year 27 charities will benefit from Barry Manilow's musical gift.
In 2009, A Gift of Love series raised nearly half a million dollars for local Coachella Valley charities.
"I love the people here, they are so great, and it is my way of saying thank you," said Manilow.
And the valley will be saying thank you to Barry Manilow -- for his musical talents, and charitable giving.
Over 27 charities will benefit, many near and dear to the legendary performer's heart.
"One of my favorite charities that we are doing is Guide Dogs of the Desert, I'm kind of a little piece of that organization, I know the people there and I've gone to the graduations," said Manilow.
Manilow has also been instrumental to the musical future of our schools, across the nation and here in the desert.
"These days they are cutting music and arts classes in so many of the schools and the schools that do have music and arts classes are running out of instruments, they've broken down, so I do what I can do to see if I can help," said Manilow.
Manilow's latest hit single, "Everything's Gonna Be All Right" is an ode to better times ahead.
"Don't you need to hear it, someone say everything's gonna be all right. I knew when I came up with that title I had something, and I knew people needed to hear that phrase," said Manilow.
After the Gift of Love II concert series, Manilows next stop is Broadway.
"Coming New York as I do, the Broadway Musical was a very very important thing to my young life, and so playing the Broadway Theatre is a real big emotional thing for me."
Though originally from New York, Manilow has called Palm Springs home for 15 years.
"Can you think of a more beautiful place, I mean look around, every time the sun moves its another photo opportunity, the shadows and the colors. But for me it's the people here that have treated me so beautifully," said Manilow.
Once again, the series is from December 11th through the 16th at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert.
The shows will feature Barry Manilow's Christmas music as well as his classic hits.