Zoellner’s Gala 2015 artist announced – Patti LaBelle

Patti Labelle_1Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University proudly presents Patti LaBelle for Gala2015 on Saturday, October 17, 2015.  LaBelle is a Grammy Award-winning, Hollywood Walk of Fame, World Music Award Legend who pushes everything she sings over top, from Lady Marmalade to On My Own or If Only You Knew to a New Attitude, she has inspired generations of singers and sold over 50 million records worldwide.

The Godmother of Soul’s “love of the spotlight is legendary, but she earns it with her astonishing force and control; when LaBelle’s voice simmers in its churchy low register, it’s usually a sign that she’s about to leap up and howl the roof off.” (Rolling Stone)  LaBelle and her band will perform favorites from her heralded career. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she first found fame in the sixties with The BlueBelles at The Apollo Theater in Harlem with remakes of songs such as You’ll Never Walk Alone and Somewhere Over the Rainbow. The group transitioned to LaBelle in the seventies and found major success with their song about a New Orleans seductress, Lady Marmalade. When LaBelle launched her solo career in the eighties and nineties, she released hit after hit including The Best is Yet to Come, On My Own, Stir It Up, New Attitude and If You Asked Me To, among others.

In addition to her success as a singer, LaBelle has also written several books, including the autobiography Don’t Block the Blessings (1997), the diabetic cookbook LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About (1998) and Recipes for the Good Life (2008). She has also recently launched her own line of sauces called Patti LaBelle Good Life.  LaBelle has starred in numerous stage and screen productions, including roles in the films A Soldier’s Story (1984) and Beverly Hills Cop (1984); an appearance in the Broadway gospel musical Your Arm’s Too Short to Box with God (1982); and a recurring role in the television series A Different World (1990). More recently, LaBelle appeared on the popular series American Horror Story in 2014 and Dancing With the Stars.

Concert-only tickets go on sale to the general public in mid-July.  Tickets will be available at $75 and $150 and include the 8 pm performance and a post-performance dessert reception. There will be a limited number of tickets available at $55 for all full-time students. Zoellner Arts Center subscribers and donors will be able to purchase concert-only tickets in advance of the general public. To become a subscriber or donor, contact Ticket Services at 610-758-2787, ext. 0or www.zoellnerartscenter.org.

Gala Evening tickets are on sale now.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. To purchase gala evening tickets call 610-758-2691 or email gala2015@lehigh.edu for purchase information.

Funds raised at Gala2015 support the arts at Lehigh University and Zoellner Arts Center’s presentations of world-class guest artists, community service initiatives, educational and family programs. Gala2015 Committee members are Oldrich Foucek III, chair, Philip Basnage, Crystal Daye, Valerie Johnson, Kirk Kozero, Brenda McGlade, Tina Nester and Alex Tamerler.

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