VISTA, CA – Aug. 16, 2016 – Guess who’s coming to town? Moonlight Cultural Foundation announces the new date for the “A Classic Christmas” concert featuring vocalists Chris Mann with special guest, Shoshana Bean. Ring in the holidays with these two Broadway powerhouses on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 at the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista, Calif. The one-night-only holiday spectacular begins at 8 p.m. and features classic holiday songs and the joy of the Great American Songbook. Bring your holiday spirit and enjoy a fun night out with the family, listening and singing along to traditional Christmas songs we all know and love.
Chris Mann rose to fame as a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice,” and since then, his albums “Roads” and “Constellation” have topped the Billboard and iTunes charts. Mann has performed with the National Symphony for President Barack Obama, headlined at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. at New York City’s famed “Christmas in Rockefeller Center Concert” and starred in his own symphony tour across the country. He also starred in his own PBS television specials “A Mann for All Seasons” and “Home for Christmas,” and was an original member of the Dalton Academy Warblers on the hit TV show, “Glee.” Mann recently fulfilled his Broadway ambitions concluding his two-year run as “The Phantom” in the amazing new production of “The Phantom of the Opera” North American Tour with critics hailing him as “the best Phantom since Michael Crawford” with more than 600 performances. He has also performed on “Ellen,” “The Today Show,” “Conan,” “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, “The Late Late Show” with James Cordon and “Christmas in Washington.”
Teaming up with Mann is Shoshana Bean, a veteran of the Broadway stage having debuted in the original cast of “Hairspray” and starred as the very first replacement for “Elphaba,” the green-skinned witch, in “Wicked.” Most recently she appeared in the pre-Broadway production of the new musical “Beaches” as “CeeCee Bloom” and is working with “ABC Signature” on a new musical pilot she co-created and for which she will compose the music. Bean’s independent solo releases have topped the iTunes R&B and Blues charts in the US and UK in peak positions including number one, and her latest release earned her a hot shot debut at number 10 on the Billboard Blues charts. She has sold out solo concerts around the globe, toured with Postmodern Jukebox, performed alongside Brian McKnight, Bebe Winans and sang back up for Michael Jackson for his 30th anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden. Bean arranged vocals for Jennifer Lopez’s “American Idol” performance of “I Luh Ya Papi” and her music has been featured in television shows on NBC, MTV, Oxygen, Bravo and Showtime.
With performances of this caliber, Moonlight Cultural Foundation hopes to increase and continue an appreciation for the arts, culture and diversity in San Diego, specifically North County. The one-night-only event demonstrates the Moonlight’s commitment to the region’s economic development. The foundation is a member of “Innovate 78,” a collaboration of businesses, government and nonprofits along San Diego’s Highway 78 corridor which aims to better position the communities along the common corridor with the goal of retaining current businesses and promoting new economic development.
“For 36 years, the Moonlight Amphitheatre has been the site of critically-acclaimed regional theatre. The amphitheatre is one of the most unique venues in North San Diego County,” says Toria Watson, CEO, Moonlight Cultural Foundation. “With support from friends and donors, we help our community shine by presenting quality live theatre, providing partnership opportunities and preparing our youth with artistically innovative education programs.”
Proceeds from the holiday concert will benefit the Moonlight Cultural Foundation’s end of year fundraising campaign that financially supports Moonlight Stage Productions and educational outreach programs in the region.
Gates open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Single tickets are priced $20 to $55. Two meet-and-greet VIP experiences, limited to 100 attendees, may also be purchased and range from $150 to $200. Tickets and VIP packages are on sale now. To purchase, please call (760) 630-7650 or visit http://www.moonlightfoundation.com. (NOTE: This concert was originally scheduled for Nov. 12, 2016, and will now be on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016.)
ABOUT MOONLIGHT CULTURAL FOUNDATION
Moonlight Cultural Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed in 1974 and is the fundraising arm as well as the producing partner for Moonlight Stage Productions. In addition to providing funds for Moonlight Stage Productions, the Foundation plans and presents the Moonlight Youth Theater education program and also supports educational and community arts outreach programs. Community and financial support is essential to our mission to promote culture and diversity through theatre that unites the community. With financial, marketing, and program support from the Foundation, Moonlight Stage Productions is now regarded as one of Southern California’s most professional and mature arts institutions.
Moonlight Cultural Foundation’s sponsors include: Muriel & Hans Schiff, Forte For Children, Datron World Communications, Issa Family Foundation, Modern Builders Supply, Vista Valley Country Club, Gardenology, Cox, Scripps, Pacific Marine Credit Union, Atlantic & Pacific Management, ArtBeat on MainStreet, and Scatena Daniels Communications.
For more information on supporting Moonlight Stage Productions and helping to preserve the joy of live theatre for future generations to come, please visit www.moonlightfoundation.com, Facebook or call 760-630-7650.
“A Classic Christmas”
Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m.
General Admission: $20-$55
1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, Calif.
“A Classic Christmas” is a one-night-only holiday-themed concert presented by Moonlight Cultural Foundation at Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista, Calif. featuring powerhouse vocalists, Chris Mann and Shoshana Bean. The concert is sponsored by Forte for Children, a 501c3 nonprofit and charitable foundation established to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged children in the community. Single tickets are priced $20 to $55, and there will also be pre- and post-event VIP meet and greet experiences priced at $150 to $200. Proceeds benefit the Moonlight Cultural Foundation. Gates open for picnicking and dining at 7 p.m. before curtain at 8 p.m. Non-alcoholic beverages and food may be brought into the Amphitheatre. Parking is free. For more information and to purchase tickets visit moonlightfoundation.com or call 760-630-7650.