David Foster bringing big names to Vancouver for foundation’s charity concert

David Foster 2017 foundation gala concert

A star formation musician is coming for a concert to Vancouver in October for the thirtieth anniversary of the David Foster Foundation.

Concert tickets are already on sale for the event on October 21st.

On Monday, the foundation announced its first wave of confirmed presentations:  Steven Tyler, Jay Leno, Robin Thicke, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli and Laura Bretan. Other musicians will come, they said in a press release.

Tickets for the gala concert at Rogers Arena cost from $ 49 to $ 119, plus taxes.

“The portion of concerts on our 30th anniversary gala will be one of the biggest nights of Vancouver music, as David Foster is joined by Steven Tyler and a handful of remarkable entertainers,” said Michael Ravenhill, CEO of David Foster Foundation.

Over the past 30 years, the foundation said they spent millions to cover non-medical expenses for more than 1,000 Canadian families with children undergoing rescue organ transplants.

The foundation also promotes the registration of organ donors.

“Over 90% of Canadians support organ donor registration, but less than 25% of us are registered,” added Ravenhill. “When families face the most difficult times of their lives – when their baby is sick and needs a transplant – our role is to come alongside the family and take that financial weight so that they can concentrate on the whole their focus on the baby and do not have to worry about losing their home or wondering where they are to get the money to pay their bills.

Foster, originally from Victoria, was won 16 Grammys in his career. He founded his eponymous foundation in Victoria in 1986.

David Foster Foundation 30th Anniversary Miracle Concert
Sat, 10/21 09:00 PM
Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC

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David Foster directed event support Israeli Defense Forces

From hollywoodreporter.com
6:16 AM PST 11/07/2014 by Tina Daunt

Haim Saban Raises $34M to Support Israeli Defense Forces
Barbra Streisand, Larry Ellison, Ben Silverman and Pamela Anderson were among the guests at the star-studded dinner

Billionaire mogul and master fundraiser Haim Saban brought the A-lists of Hollywood and tech together Thursday at the Beverly Hilton to raise $34 million for the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces.

Even by the standards of the always well-supported annual FIDF events, this year’s dinner raised a remarkable amount for a single fundraising event, with major support from Hollywood moguls and studios execs. Interest has run higher than in past years because of Israel’s recent struggle with Hamas terrorism in Gaza.

A tearful Saban told the crowd of more than 1,200 attendees that he discouraged anonymous donations this year because it was important for supporters to “stand with Israel publicly, vocally and very loudly.”

Notable donations made at the event included $10 million from Larry Ellison, co-founder and chairman of Oracle; $5 million from top Republican fundraisers Sheldon and Miriam Adelson (who received a standing ovation from the liberal westside crowd); $5.2 million from brothers Maurice and Paul Marciano of Guess Jeans; $3.6 million from Saban and wife Cheryl; $2 million from Steve Tisch, chairman and executive vice president of the New York Giants; $1 million from Leo David, founder of the Western Region of the FIDF; and $1.6 million from The Helmsley Charitable Trust. In addition, first-time attendees and donors Michael and Susan Dell gave $1.8 million to fundIMPACT! educational scholarship programs.

Other co-chairs and supporters included Marvel Studios founder and former CEO Avi Arad, Electus founder Ben Silverman, Alan Horn and wife Cindy, Barry Meyer, Israeli billionaire Vivi Nevo, Barbra Streisand, developer and Los Angeles Police Commission president Steve Soboroff, Maker Studios CEO Ynon Kreiz, David Foster, Pamela Anderson, Chris Tucker, Jordan Farmar and Spencer Hawes.

“This event is always one of the most inspiring and emotional evenings of the year,” said Streisand. “The soldiers of the IDF deserve our utmost respect and gratitude for all that they sacrifice to protect Israel, the only democratic state in the region.”

The Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces are, in fact, a unique organization with chapters across the United States. Under Saban’s longtime patronage, the western region chapter’s annual fundraiser for the group has become a multimillion dollar affair. The funds go to provide educational, cultural and recreational opportunities for serving IDF personnel, as well as to support the families of fallen soldiers and to injured veterans. The group also helps IDF members who are alone in Israel to maintain contact with their families in other countries.

“In my mind, there is no greater honor than supporting some of the bravest people in the world, and I thank FIDF for providing us with this opportunity year-after-year to celebrate and support these soldiers,” said the Oracle founder Ellison. “These men and women come together with indefatigable purpose, to defend Israel and strive to co-exist in peace.”

The Sabans helped fly in a number of young Israeli soldiers, who had received honors for serving in the recent war in Gaza, for the event. They also arranged for tearful reunions between “lone soldiers” and their parents.

As one of the program’s highlights, U.S. Marine Core Sgt. Greg Grutter, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, talked about how his life was changed when he went to Israel where he met with IDF veteran Zvika Comay as part of the FIDF’s Heroes to Heroes program, which brings together Israeli and American military heroes. Sharing similar combat experiences, the two became close friends. Comay, who made a surprise visit to the US for the gala, came out onto the stage where he and Grutter embraced.

With David Foster at the helm, the evening also featured a number of musical performances, with sets performed by Ricky Martin, Canada’s Tenors, and members of the crowd, including a 22-year-old female Israeli solder who wowed the audience with her rendition of Sarah McLachlan’s song “Angel.”

“It’s a humbling experience to be here amongst these brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for their country,” said computer magnate Dell, “Susan and I are honored to be able to support their higher education” Tisch expressed similar sentiments, adding that “The men and women of the IDF sacrifice so much to ensure that our history is safeguarded and our future is bright. It is the least we can do to celebrate and support them here tonight.”

Said Arad: “After spending my own time defending Israel, I know that now more than ever the soldiers of the IDF need our support. This summer we experienced the worst bloodshed and devastation that we have seen in recent history. Our community of civilians has a moral responsibility to rise up and show our gratitude for these soldiers’ bravery as they fight terrorism and defend our frontlines.”

Source:Haim Saban Raises $34M to Support Israeli Defense Forces.

David Foster on Twitter: “Spending time with the incredible @TenorsMusic in the studio today #newmusic #comingsoon”

David Foster on Twitter: “Spending time with the incredible @TenorsMusic in the studio today #newmusic #comingsoon”.

[Interview] The Tenors and David Foster: concert tour of Asia


Source: http://thechronicleherald.ca/artslife/799327-the-tenors-hit-town

THE WELL-GROOMED voices of the Tenors have a universe of classical and pop melodies they could choose to wrap their resonant vocal cords around, but it turns out one of their concert favourites is Song for the Mira.

Sitting in a booth at the Delta Halifax’s Harbour City Bar & Grill to chat up their Canadian tour and Juno Award-nominated album Lead With Your Heart, half of the quartet — Torontonian Victor Micallef and B.C. native Clifton Murray — say they’ve sung the tune on five continents.


Without fail, the pastoral setting described by Cape Breton’s Allister MacGillivray and made famous by Springhill’s Anne Murray touches a nerve that’s universal.

“You know what? Song for the Mira is a hit worldwide. It’s one of our most popular songs,” says Micallef, who joins his brothers in arias at Sydney’s Centre 200 on Friday and the Halifax Metro Centre on Tuesday, with guest Jimmy Rankin.

“When we played near Prague — we were at a festival in this beautiful Renaissance town, Cesky Krumlov — it was a huge hit there. And in Berlin too.

“I think it’s so Canadian and so unique, it’s like a novelty. They don’t get that view of life every day. We like to have fun with it, and it’s like sitting around a campfire.”

Murray says it’s the perfect storytelling song.

“People hear it and they understand a little bit more about Canada.”

Murray gets that East Coast feeling; although he grew up in Port McNeill, at the northern tip of Vancouver Island, his parents hail from Newfoundland, and he likes the idea of including more music from this part of the world in the Tenors’ repertoire.

An obvious choice would be another Cape Breton standard, Leon Dubinsky’s Rise Again, turned into a hit by the Rankin Family. It includes an emotional climax that requires a trained voice like Micallef’s or Murray’s, or their fellow Tenors, Remigio Pereira and Fraser Walters.

But thematically, it’s hard not to think of Hank Snow’s I’ve Been Everywhere as the two recount the adventures over the past five or so years of the group that began as the Canadian Tenors.

Their following grew rapidly after high-profile appearances like joining Celine Dion on Oprah and performing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah during the In Memoriam segment of the 2011 Emmy Awards. Then there are those once-in-a-lifetime moments like singing at a private gathering at Canadian producer (and Tenors mentor) David Foster’s Malibu home with Barbra Streisand sitting only a few feet away, and serenading Queen Elizabeth II during a reception in London.

“At the last minute, they asked us if we could also sing God Save the Queen, and we just said yes, even though we’d never sung it before,” says Murray, noting how they pieced together an a cappella arrangement in the taxi on the way to their royal audience.

“If that cabbie wasn’t feeling patriotic when we got in, I’m sure he did by the time we got to the palace.”

They admit to feeling more than a bit patriotic themselves when they get the chance to play to a new audience in a different country. Even though they’ve dropped “Canadian” from their name, they make sure their listeners understand where they’re from, and they get a cultural education of their own in return.

“China was an absolute different mentality and world,” recalls Micallef, who joined the Tenors on a concert tour of Asia with Foster.

“It took a while to get used to, to be honest. The people were great, but they’re very reserved during a show. So you’re not getting any kind of feedback during a show. Sometimes they don’t even clap between numbers, and you’re up there thinking, ‘We suuuuuck!’”

Murray says the group always steps up and does a bow to applause at halftime.

“But they stopped clapping and we were bowing in silence. And then you walk off stage.”

But by the end of the concert, “they’re swarming you and going crazy, clapping and all that. They save it for the end. It’s unbelievable,” continues Micallef, who says they had a much different experience in the Philippines, where the crowd was much more vocal.

“During the show, David Foster goes out into the audience and says to people, ‘I can make you a superstar, show me what you got,’” says Murray. “And he’ll give the mike to random people, and usually they suck.

“But in the Phillipines, every single person he picked (had talent). Three girls jumped up and started singing in perfect three-part harmony. It was amazing!”

You’d think performing in Atlantic Canada would seem a bit more mundane compared to the Far East or a one-on-one with Streisand, but Micallef and Murray say they’ve learned to enjoy the road no matter where it takes them. On their last visit to the region, they dimly recall a night in St. John’s where they wound up partying with a group of figure skaters and singing songs into the wee hours.

“Every time we come back to the Maritimes, we end up getting into a lot of trouble and having tons of fun. We’re just looking forward to coming back and showcasing our new album and telling more stories that we’ve accumulated over the last couple of years,” says Murray, eagerly anticipating a stop at favourite regional restaurants like Halifax’s Five Fishermen.

“We’ve hit every continent, and it’s a great way to meet people and get to know their culture, through their food. And we’re all foodies, so we love to do it. East Coast? Gotta have the seafood.”

“Especially the lobster,” adds Micallef. From the sound of his voice, you can tell he can’t wait for the moment that he covers his silk shirt with that plastic bib.


Fans buying tickets for the Tenors’ shows on Friday at Centre 200 in Sydney and March 5 at the Halifax Metro Centre can help Feed Nova Scotia by using promo code FEEDNOVASCOTIA when purchasing tickets. $15 will go to Feed Nova Scotia.

Tickets for the Tenors at Centre 200 are available at the arena’s box office (564-2200) and tickets.capebreton.ca for $79, $89.50 and $105.

Halifax Metro Centre tickets are $61.50, $74, $98.50 and $114 at Ticket Atlantic box office (451-1221 or ticketatlantic.com) and Atlantic Superstore outlets.

Both shows start at 7:30 p.m.

[Interview] David Foster – The classical-crossover genre “has definitely grown”


Los Angeles Times
February 23, 2013, 5:00 p.m.

Source: http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-74506139/

Earlier this month Josh Groban’s “All That Echoes” knocked Justin Bieber’s new album out of the top spot on the Billboard 200, and that’s not the crooner’s only incursion into territory normally reserved for pop stars.

The crossover artist’s latest release features material by Stevie Wonder and Jimmy Webb, while a deluxe edition available at Target adds Groban’s take on the Dave Matthews Band’s frat-house staple “Satellite.” The album’s producer? Rob Cavallo of Green Day and Adam Lambert fame.

“Rob told me, ‘Make your wheelhouse bigger. You have more in you than you think you do,'” Groban, 31, said recently over coffee in West Hollywood.

Bookishly stylish in a wool cardigan and slim-fit jeans, the singer — an L.A. native who ascended the music industry’s ranks in the early 2000s with a series of records long on sweeping semi-operatic fare — measured his thoughts as he spoke, though he also kept an eye on a big-screen television showing an NFL playoff game. “He really kind of mentally slapped me around and said, ‘Look, we’ll know when it’s too far.'”

Groban’s outreach to pop and rock reflects a larger trend in the classical-crossover scene that encompasses platinum-selling artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman and Charlotte Church: Where these singers once strove to make classical repertoire safe for pop audiences, they now seem more interested in remaking pop as the stuff of everyday sophistication.

On Bocelli’s “Passione” — which bowed at No. 2 on the album chart after its release in January — the blind Italian tenor familiar from seemingly countless PBS specials shares lush duets with Jennifer Lopez and Nelly Furtado and applies a coat of Mediterranean lacquer to Neil Diamond’s “September Morn.” (Next month PBS is to premiere a Bocelli program, “Love in Portofino,” in which he “puts classical music aside for an evening of international favorites,” according to a press release. He’ll also play the Hollywood Bowl on June 8 and Anaheim’s Honda Center on June 9.)


The Tenors, from Canada, used their recent “Lead With Your Heart” to mingle “Nessun Dorma” with Elton John’s “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word.” The Croatian duo 2Cellos performs songs by Rihanna, Muse and the Police on its new “In2ition,” which features guest vocals from singers including John and the electro-pop starlet Sky Ferreira. And on an album due in the U.S. in April, Brightman is set to take on a tune by the Icelandic art-rock band Sigur Rós.

The classical-crossover genre “has definitely grown,” said David Foster, the producer and songwriter (and current Verve Music Group chairman) who helped develop the style with his work on Bocelli’s and Groban’s early records. A longtime music-industry fixture responsible for huge hits in the early and mid-’90s by singers such as Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, Foster said he turned to more traditional material after Britney Spears and ‘N Sync ushered in the teen-pop sound in the late ’90s.

“Being 50 years old at the time, I was left behind,” Foster said with a laugh. “But by then I’d learned some important advice, which is to retreat and attack in another direction.” The impetus was commercial, he admitted: “I wanted to keep selling CDs.” But success secured more artistic freedom. “If there’s one thing I’ve done since that turn in my own career, it’s that I’ve tried not to set any rules in this genre.” It’s an openness that Foster said attracts a star like Lopez to a project like “Passione,” which he produced.

“I said to her manager, ‘From where I sit, this doesn’t alienate one person in her fan base,'” Foster recalled. “‘It can only get her new fans.'”

Groban, scheduled to headline the Hollywood Bowl’s July 4th Fireworks Spectacular, isn’t immune to such concerns about his audience. Three years after having the No. 1-selling album of 2007, the holiday disc “Noel,” he initiated his move toward pop with “Illuminations.” Co-written under the supervision of rock/hip-hop producer Rick Rubin, the album was satisfying creatively, says Groban, but it didn’t sell nearly as well as its predecessors. It was an experience that left the singer feeling “a little gun-shy” about further experimentation. “The music-business side of me for a minute was like, I read the Amazon reviews of ‘Illuminations,'” Groban said. “What do the fans want to hear?”

Whatever the answer, he decided against a return to his initial style. Indeed, with its electric guitar and muscular rock drumming, “All That Echoes,” feels in some ways bolder — less classical, more crossover — than the quieter “Illuminations.” Groban delivers sharp melodic hooks with arena-ready gusto in “Brave” and “False Alarms,” which he co-wrote. And he closes the album with a stirring rendition of Wonder’s “I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)” that climaxes with R&B vocal runs better suited to the church than to the cathedral.

“This is an evolution record for Josh,” said Cavallo, who also heads Groban’s label, Warner Bros. Records. “He’s classical, but he’s also rock; he’s traditional but also modern. I think we’re just starting to see what he’s all about.”

Groban said that push toward self-definition needn’t equate to a journey out of the pop-classical scene. Referring to acts such as the Tenors and Bocelli — the latter of whom Groban famously stood in for during a 1999 Grammy Awards rehearsal — the singer insisted, “I’m proud to be [associated] with artists of that caliber.” But like many of those peers, he sees room within the genre for change. At this point, he said, “the formula bores the hell out of me.”