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Spotlight: Comeback Concert Under the Stars a Hit!

Program of Student and Alumni Talent Bring Thousands to Their Feet

Sept. 23, 2013

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Kirsten Vangsness

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More than 3,500 supporters of Cal State Fullerton turned out on Saturday evening, Sept. 21, for the university’s signature community outreach and fundraising event, “Concert Under the Stars.”

Dining al fresco “under the stars” while supporting student scholarships and programs has been a Cal State Fullerton tradition for more than 25 years.

The evening’s entertainment featured the talented students and alums of the University’s College of the Arts. The student group The Preeminents kicked off the festivities by opening with the song that showcased the theme of this year’s event, “I Believe in Music.” Other musical numbers included “Try to Remember,” “Dancin’ in the Street,” “Stand By Me” and more.

The entertainment began with CSUF President Mildred García welcoming the audience to the event.

Alumni who returned to perform at their alma mater and the songs they sang included:

  • Emily Mitchell (“The Girl in Apartment 14G” and Etta James’s “At Last”)
  • Brooke Aston (A medley of Carol King songs and “I’m Telling You I’m Not Going,” from “Dreamgirls”)
  • Jennifer Hubilla (“Don’t Rain on my Parade” from Funny Girl and a duet of “Sun and Moon” from “Miss Saigon”)
  • Brad Standley  (“Hit the Road Jack” and a duet of “Sun and Moon” from “Miss Saigon”)
  • Eve Himmelheber (“Send in the Clowns”)
  • Erin McNally (“Good Eats,” “Air Conditioner”)
  • Kate Peters (Giacomo Puccini’s “Quando Men Vo”)
  • Louis Pardo (“Avenue Q’s” “Purpose,” “Ay Jalisco, No Te Rajes”)
  • Kirsten Vangsness (of the CBS drama, “Criminal Minds”) delighted the crowd with her comedy bit depicting the insecurities of a young actress who believes she has botched an audition.

The evening opened with the singing of the national anthem by CSUF student and reigning Miss Fullerton Salisha Thomas and concluded with a rousing medley of songs by The Preeminents and a fireworks spectacular.

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