Singer Barry Manilow canceled his scheduled concert tonight at Palm Desert’s McCallum Theatre because of the Connecticut school shooting.
The holiday concert was to be the first of three themed “A Gift of Love II” at the McCallum to benefit local charities. The performance was rescheduled to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
“We are sorry for any inconvenience this might cause but trust that you share in our feelings of devastation,” according to a statement posted on Manilow’s website. “Perhaps this small gesture of solidarity will help support these families on this terrible day.”
People with tickets for tonight can use them for admittance to Sunday’s show, and those who can’t attend can get a refund, according to theater president and CEO Mitch Gershenfeld. The box office opens at noon Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday. Manilow also has concerts scheduled at the McCallum at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday.
The concerts will benefit charities including the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center at Eisenhower Medical Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert, College of the Desert, Desert AIDS Project, Desert Arc, Desert Best Friend’s Closet, Desert Cancer Foundation, Desert Samaritans for Seniors, Desert Symphony, FIND Food Bank, Gilda’s Club Desert Cities, Guide Dogs of the Desert, Mizell Senior Center, Shelter From The Storm, the Temple Isaiah Fund, the LGBT Community Center of the Desert and The Living Desert.