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Singing sensation Katharine McPhee to headline 2013 Symphony at Salk

Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee

Multi-talented singer Katharine McPhee will step into the spotlight as the headliner for the 18th annual "Symphony at Salk—A Concert under the Stars," performing with the San Diego Symphony and acclaimed guest conductor Thomas Wilkins.

The Institute's signature gala, Symphony at Salk, is a one-of-a-kind concert experience, where audience members take in spectacular sunset views over the Pacific Ocean as they enjoy a gourmet dinner and watch the evening's performance. It is one of the cultural highlights of summer in San Diego and sells out every year. Funds raised from the event directly support the Institute's leading-edge scientific research and award-winning community education programs.

McPhee, an acclaimed singer and popular actress from the NBC television series "SMASH," gained fame as a standout contestant on the fifth season of the Fox reality show "American Idol," where she impressed audiences and judges alike with her stunning voice. She was quickly signed to RCA Records, where her first single, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/My Destiny," debuted at number two on Billboard's Hot Singles Sales chart. Her self-titled debut album followed in 2007, and in 2009, McPhee garnered a Young Hollywood Award for Best Female Vocalist. She spent 2010 touring the country with her album Unbroken, which included the hit single "Had It All."

Individual tickets are on sale for $250 and can be purchased online on the Symphony at Salk website or by calling 858-597-0657. Sponsorship packages are also available and range from $2,500 to $75,000. For additional ticket or sponsorship information, please visit or email