The Philadelphia Orchestra opens its summer residency at the Mann on June 27th with three concerts celebrating classical music’s masters and the best of Broadway. The June 27th concert features Beethoven’s monumental masterwork, the 9th Symphony. On June 29th, an all-Tchaikovsky spectacular closes with the 1812 Overture and fireworks. Glee and Broadway’s bewitching Idina Menzel, returns to the Mann on June 30th, in an all new concert, including songs from her smash hit PBS special.
There's an all new way to love music in Philadelphia this summer – introducing the Skyline Stage @ the Mann. Located at the top of the Mann’s Fairmount Park grounds, the Skyline Stage will compliment the Mann’s summer season by giving the Mann an opportunity to expand its concert offerings with a new kind of intimate experience. Concert-goers will have access to all of the Mann’s preexisting amenities including distinctive concessions.
Following a 20 percent increase in audience attendance last season, the Mann has expanded its Orchestral Series for 2012, bringing great music that spans classical, Broadway, jazz and pop culture to Philadelphia’s great outdoor theater.
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts marks its second annual Black History Month celebration this week with two days of special performances and school visits featuring the iconic Dance Theatre of Harlem.
“For 43 years, the Dance Theatre of Harlem has been a globally acclaimed dance institution that is dedicated to training and presenting African American and other racially diverse artists, consistently setting the highest of standards for the performing arts world,” said Rhoda Blount, the Mann’s Director of Education and Community Engagement. “These artists are admired the world over, and the company’s history is profound. Its founders, the legendary Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, started the institution in response to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with the aim of transforming lives through access to the arts and education. I am so pleased that through the Mann’s Connecting Arts-N-Schools program, we can play a part in upholding that tradition,” she said.
According to Blount, the Dance Theatre of Harlem will be welcomed to town as the featured guests of the Mann’s Black History Celebration Soiree on Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 6-8 p.m. at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts. The private reception will include a meet-and-greet session with the dancers as well as performances by two local groups, the Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble and Clef Club Youth Jazz Ensemble.
On the following day, Wednesday, Feb. 29, the Dance Theatre of Harlem will participate in the Mann’s Meet the Artist/Master Class Series with visits to three area schools. At the Girard Academic Music School, the company will present a lecture/demonstration/performance for 550 students in grades 5 through 12. That afternoon, the Dance Theatre of Harlem will conduct more intimate master classes for 30 students each at the Rock School for Dance Education and later at the Freedom Theatre, which will incorporate students from the University of the Arts, Temple University and Drexel University. The Freedom Theatre visit will feature the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s acclaimed artistic director, Virginia Johnson, who was a founding member and principal dancer during her 28 years with the group.
6ABC News sat down with Mann President & CEO, Catherine Cahill, to discuss the upcoming Pittsburgh Symphony's tribute to the Grateful Dead & Jerry Garcia among others, Disney's Pixar in Concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Disney's Fantasia in Concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Symphonic Sports-tacular also with the Philadelphia Orchestra, all this summer at the Mann!
On June 17th, The Postal Service made a stop at the Mann, along with Ra Ra Riot, on their first tour in ten years. According to The Swollen Fox, "...Reunion tours have a tendency to fall short of expectations..." however, the electro/indie pop group defeated any sort of skepticism brought on by the idea of a reunion-tour and "...Delivered a show that satisfied even the loftiest expectations!"
"I love the Mann specifically, I don't know why." Amy Ray of Indigo Girls tells That Music Magazine's Jess Dooley how much she is looking forward to returning to The Mann and Philadelphia this week on their summer tour with Joan Baez!
"Two things I never thought I'd see in one venue is me and the Philadelphia Orchestra!" Merrill Reese, known as the Voice of the Philadelphia Eagles, makes a brief appearance on SportsRadio 94WIP's June 12th AM show to discuss hosting the Symphonic Sports-tacular on July 24 at the Mann.
Local CBS correspondent Molly Daly interviews Mann CEO Cathy Cahill regarding the upcoming Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Allman Brothers, guitarist Warren Haynes and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, along with the Joshua Light Show. Check it out via podcast, as Cahill discusses the Garcia event, the new and improved Mann Center, and what lies ahead for the 2013 season!