Celine Dion Put on Vocal Rest
Thu, 01 Mar 2012 09:38:52
All Celine Dion performances through Sunday, March 18 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas have been cancelled. The singer is on vocal rest.
Following the difficulties that she experienced with her vocal chords last week, which resulted in canceled weekend performances, Celine decided to seek further expert medical advice from one of the leading international authorities on laryngeal physiology, Professor Gerald Berke M.D., UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California.
Celine flew to Los Angeles and had a thorough examination at Professor Berke's clinic. He has diagnosed Celine with weakness in her right vocal chord, secondary to a viral illness. Professor Berke has prescribed 6-8 weeks of voice-rest in order for Celine to completely recover from this condition.
"I tried to sing at my sound-check last week, and I had no control of my voice whatsoever," said Celine Dion in a press release. "We thought that after a few days rest I would improve but it wasn't getting any better...I guess it was worse than I thought. I'm fortunate that I was able to see Professor Berke. He identified what was causing the problems I was having, and he assured me that with the amount of rest he prescribed, I would be back to 100%. Obviously this is the worst thing for a singer....not being able to do your shows. I feel worse knowing that I'm disappointing my fans. I'm so sorry.....I hope they forgive me."
Celine's next run of performances beginning June 9 through Aug. 19 will proceed as scheduled.
Those who purchased tickets with a credit card for the cancelled performances will be automatically refunded. Those who purchased tickets with cash may present tickets at the original point of sale for a refund. Ticket holders who purchased through Ticketmaster may call 1-877-4-CELINE (1-877-423-5463).
Get better soon, Celine.
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