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Stars on their way to Victoria for David Foster's Miracle Concert

Feb 24 2012
David Foster's Miracle Concert takes place May 26, 2012, at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria. 

David Foster's Miracle Concert takes place May 26, 2012, at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.

Photograph by: . , timescolonist.com

Josh Groban, Kenny G, American Idol winner Ruben Studdard and the Canadian Tenors will join David Foster for his Miracle Concert May 26 at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre.

The acts were confirmed by the 16-time Grammy Award-winning producer on Thursday.

"Everybody has their passion, and this is my passion," the Victoria native said via Skype from Los Angeles during time out from producing Rod Stewart's Christmas album. He was referring to the David Foster Foundation, the charity he founded 25 years ago that provides financial and emotional support to the families of children who need organ transplants.

"It was 25 years ago almost to the day that we flew up and announced our first fundraiser," said Foster, recalling the foundation's inaugural press conference attended by ex-NHLer Wayne Gretzky, and actors Rob Lowe and Alan Thicke.

The memory prompted him to "reach out" to his old friends, Foster said, before announcing they'd return.

"Wayne confirmed he'd be here all weekend. And Rob Lowe, depending on the shooting schedule on his new series, is happy to be here all weekend," said Foster.

Kenny G would fly in May 26, the day after his Asian tour finishes, Foster said.

Foster said he was thrilled that Groban agreed to come back. "He'll be one of the main attractions Saturday night," said Foster, who introduced Groban, then 19, in Victoria in 2000.

"When you see a guy like Josh, who I found in high school and now I watch play arenas all over the world, and people are going crazy over this kid, it makes me feel so good."

Foster promised to pluck a couple of singers from the crowd and give them a chance to be discovered.

Events during the Miracle Weekend, as May 25-27 has been dubbed, include the 25th Anniversary Miracle Concert and the Oak Bay Beach Hotel's Grand Opening Gala $5,000-a-head weekend accommodation package. It includes an intimate concert featuring Foster and friends in its David Foster Foundation Theatre, and dinner with VIP seating at the main event.

The oceanfront hotel's owners, Kevin and Shawna Walker, recently announced a partnership with the foundation, pledging $2 million over 10 years, including all proceeds from the Miracle Weekend and funds from future cultural events.

Mel Cooper, chairman of the Telus Victoria Community Board, said Telus had signed on as the May event's marquee sponsor. The company began by writing a cheque to aid 65 families at an average of $10,000 apiece.

"We're going to surprise David, like he always surprises us with the celebrities who show up at the last minute," said Cooper, after revealing that all 80 of the $10,000 tables for 10 on the floor for the Miracle Concert & Gala had sold out.

Foster hinted he'd also approach Diana Krall and Nelly Furtado.

Single tickets — priced at $75, $125 and $250 (VIP seats), with more options to come — will go on sale March 1.

They will be available by phone (250-220-7777) or at selectyourtickets.com.

For more information visit davidfostermiracleconcert.com

mreid@timescolonist.com

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