PBS SoCal Gala

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Kristin Chenoweth, Kenny Babyface Edmonds, “Hit Man” David Foster Among Stars at Gala PBS SoCal Fundraiser



The event: “Onstage Backstage: A PBS SoCal Holiday Celebration with David Foster and Friends,” took place Dec. 10 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, a dinner and show heralded as the public television station’s first major fundraiser in Los Angeles. PBS SoCal is now the primary PBS station for the greater Los Angeles area since 2011, when KOCE-TV took over the role under this new name.

The show: The 16-time Grammy-winning Foster — known as “Hit Man” from the PBS “Great Performances” series — welcomed an abundance of talents to the stage, among them Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds; Peter Cetera of the rock band Chicago; Peter Asher, formerly of the duo Peter and Gordon; master violinist Maga Zoltan; singer Brenna Whitaker; Telly the Television Monster from “Sesame Street”; and Kristin Chenoweth, who came to fame as Glinda in Broadway’s “Wicked.”

Before her first song, Chenoweth recalled her first live appearance…


Click here to read my entire story in the “All the Rage” section of the Los Angeles Times. Scroll down this page to the photo gallery to see more pictures.

As a side note, I had no idea Judy Garland was as tiny as Kristin Chenoweth until Chenoweth told the audience that she wanted to sing something that meant a lot to her.

“Oz has been kind of a big theme in my life,” she said, before launching into a tune by her sister Ozian, whom she called a “great 4’11” singer.” Apparently no height is required to be a powerhouse of a singer – and Chenoweth again proved her grandeur at this gala.


Top photo: Kristin Chenoweth at the PBS SoCal Gala (photo by Craig T. Mathew/ Mathew Imaging)

Second photo: David Foster at the piano accompanying master violinist Maga Zoltan at the PBS SoCal Gala (photo by Craig T. Mathew/ Mathew Imaging

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Third photo: Kenny Babyface Edmonds at the PBS SoCal Gala (photo by Craig T. Mathew/ Mathew Imaging)

Fourth photo: Alan Menken, Academy Award winning composer of Disney movie scores stole the after-dinner show with his medley of hit tunes at the PBS SoCal Gala (photo by Craig T. Mathew/ Mathew Imaging)


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PBS SoCal Gala

Published Dec. 20, 2014 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA