Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mann Center Opens Ambitious Summer Season!

Following a 20 percent increase in audience attendance last season, Philadelphia's acclaimed Mann Center has expanded its Orchestral Series for 2012, bringing great music that spans classical, Broadway, jazz and pop culture to Philadelphia’s great outdoor theater.
Broadway and television star Idina Menzel, fresh off the national success of her PBS debut this month, will perform with The Philadelphia Orchestra in June as will critically acclaimed trumpeter Chris Botti in July.  The Mann also welcomes the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and its internationally acclaimed music director, Manfred Honeck, as well as the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, classical crossover quartet Il Divo, and 11-year-old soprano prodigy Jackie Evancho with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.  At 11 concerts – up from nine shows last summer – the Mann series offers something for everyone, from evenings of the greatest classical music ever written, to the greatest movie hits of our time and even The Legend of Zelda.
“The concert experience at the Mann is like nothing else in the region.  Where else can you hear the world’s best orchestras live while lying on a blanket on the lawn?  Where else can you bring your children for perhaps their first taste of classical music?  Where else can you hear stars like Idina Menzel and Chris Botti for about the same ticket price as a night out at the movies?” said Catherine M. Cahill, the Mann’s president and CEO.  “Whether you’re a lawn fan or prefer seating under our extraordinary shed, the relaxed, casual, accessible feel of great music at the Mann encourages people to make the experience all their own,” she said.
Click here to get more information and see the Mann's complete summer schedule.
You'll want to be a part of it!

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