2012 Gala Artist for the Zoellner Arts Center announced yesterday

How great that Zoellner can announce a great artist the day after the “big reveal” on the TV hit show, SMASH? Fans of the show were oozing about Katharine McPhee’s performance as the last minute star of “Bombshell” (fictional Broadway show written for SMASH)

For those unfamiliar with the NBC TV show, SMASH is a musical drama about the creative process, politics and sacrifice that artists, writers, directors, and producers experience when launching a new musical theatre piece for Broadway. The stakes are high, the drama intense. Viewers of the first season followed Katharine’s character (Karen Cartwright) develop from innocent and naive dreamer, to a survivor who manages to pull off an amazing premier night; despite conflict and heartache. For fans, if you haven’t played the SMASH trivia game: give it a try on your next lunch break.

We’re not the only ones excited about Katharine McPhee’s success. She’s also featured in the June 2012 Glamour Magazine. Link to her interview: What I Know about Fame Now.”

If you haven’t heard her voice yet, try this link to hear her version of Snow Patrol’s “Run”

For Lehigh University students reading this post, you may be wondering how you might be able to see Katharine McPhee’s 2012 Gala performance. The entire Gala Evening, which begins at 4:30pm with a Cocktail Reception, Dinner, Concert with Preferred Seating, Dessert Reception runs $550.

Concert & Dessert Reception . 8pm | Select $150 | Standard $75 | Students $50. one ticket per LU ID: For more information contact Ticket Services at 610-758-2787, ext 0.  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. The remaining tickets will go on sale with the rest of the 2012-13 season in mid-July.

The annual Zoellner Arts Center Gala is a fundraiser that supports the arts at Lehigh by bridging the gap between ticket revenues and the costs of presenting outstanding artists, community outreach and educational programs.