Friday July 13, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Supporters of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign are finding it challenging to order tickets for a fundraising appearance by first lady Michelle Obama at the Colonial Theatre on Friday, Aug. 3.

Doors open at 2:45 p.m. for the program, which features a one-hour concert by James Taylor, backed by his wife, Kim, plus longtime collaborator Kate Mark owitz and Boston Sym phony Orchestra cellist Owen Young.

The Colonial Theatre box office and administration is not involved in the ticket distribution for the event.

Several Eagle readers report they were able to purchase tickets online via my.barackobama.com/August3Pittsfieldconcert.

A Sheffield resident told The Eagle she had received a tentative confirmation after getting through to the site, but also learned that the definitive word would reach her two days before the Colonial event.

Others seeking ticket in formation have reached Rachel Rauscher, an official in the re-election campaign's Boston office, by calling (617) 939-0829.

Mrs. Obama's arrival at the Colonial is expected sometime after 3 p.m., according to the re-election campaign office. As part of her Western Massachusetts swing, she is attending a $2,500-a-plate luncheon at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.

After the Colonial event, the first lady will arrive at a $20,000-per-person dinner and roundtable discussion at Gov. Deval Patrick's home in Richmond.

The event -- hosted by Patrick, his wife, Diane, and the Taylors -- is by invitation and is limited to about 20 people.