Tribute artist and Palm Springs native Brigitte Valdez will perform as Celine Dion at the Indian Wells Theater at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus on Friday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m.
Valdez will join the Xavier College Prep High School choir for a special holiday concert.
Valdez is a mix of Greek, Spanish, Italian and French ancestry, and was born in Hollywood, the movie capital of the world. Raised in the desert oasis of Palm Springs, she is now fulfilling her lifetime dream of entertaining audiences.
Beginning when she was old enough to stand on a wooden bench in her living room, Valdez has been belting out notes to songs from Barbara Streisand, Whitney Houston, Sandi Patti, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion. Singing professionally, she has toured the United States and abroad, performing in more than 30 arenas, for various major conventions, and as a stellar opening act.
Since 2002, “Legends in Concert” has kept Valdez very busy, using her world-class voice to take on the persona of the electrifying Celine Dion. In an industry where imitation is considered the sincerest form of flattery, Valdez paints the most definitive portrayal of Dion. She first showcased her skills on Dick Clark’s “Your Big Break” at the NBC Studios in Burbank. More recently, she appeared on, and was voted into the semi-finals of one season, the highly acclaimed television show, “The Next Best Thing.” These international breaks have led Valdez to perform in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Branson, Myrtle Beach, Florida, Lake Tahoe and Osaka, Japan.
Performing live, however, is not Valdez’s only forte. She has recorded several solo releases at Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers, and is featured in many radio and television commercials. With very little effort, this songbird regularly captivates her listeners with her divine voice, inspiring all who hear her sing.
The Xavier Choir from Palm Desert is made up of high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Bringing together students from all athletic teams and clubs, the choir offers students an opportunity to grow as a community of musicians, performers and persons of faith. While studying choral music, from Gregorian Chant to the 21st century, the Xavier Choir provides music for school masses and community events. The choir has sung at the Gardens at El Paseo, the Forest Lawn Memorial Day Service, Spotlight 29, and gives an annual series of Christmas concerts at retirement communities through Companion Visitation Ministries. The choir is currently fundraising for an international tour of Jesuit schools in Australia in the summer of 2014. The choir is directed by Stephanie DePrez, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s performance program in classical voice.
Tickets are $35 or $40 and can be purchased by calling the Indian Wells Theater box office at (760) 341-6909. Parking is included in the ticket price.
Proceeds from the show support the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus, which enrolled its first freshman class this fall.
The Indian Wells Theater at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus is located at 37-500 Cook St.
For more information about upcoming concerts and other events visit the Indian Wells Theater website.
For more information about the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus, contact Mike Singer in the campus’s Office of Public Affairs at (760) 341-2883, ext. 78107 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus website.