News release from the Fort Wayne Community Schools:
Barry Manilow Donates New Yamaha Piano to Kick Off Musical Instrument Drive for FWCS
(February 22, 2013) – Direct from Broadway, following a critically acclaimed sold out run on New York’s Great White Way, Barry Manilow, the undisputed #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all time, brings his MANILOW ON BROADWAY concert to cities around the nation. He will perform in Fort Wayne at the Allen County War Memorial on April 18.
The pop icon is also donating a Yamaha piano to launch a local instrument drive for the Fort Wayne Community Schools. Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument to the Allen County War Memorial will receive two free tickets (valid for pre-selected seat locations) for Manilow’s April 18 concert.
“I’m thrilled to be able to help bring the gift of music to these kids,” states Manilow.
The Allen County War Memorial will be the base for the instrument drive in Fort Wayne, from now through April 18. The instrument drop off location is open between 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
“Fort Wayne Community Schools has long been committed to providing quality music programs for our students. We know how valuable the arts and music are in enriching their lives and enhancing their education,” Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said. “Students are introduced to various styles of music and musical instruments at a young age, and many find a natural talent they can develop throughout their lives. Our challenge, however, has always been making sure we have enough instruments to provide students with the opportunities they deserve. We appreciate the generosity of Barry Manilow and the Manilow Music Project in providing instruments to our schools and look forward to the beautiful music our students will play.”
The Manilow Music Project (MMP) is part of The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope. It was formed as a grass roots organization to assist local charities and programs. Its primary focus is to provide musical instruments to high schools and middle schools and to provide music scholarships at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, and the UK. More information on the Manilow Music Project can be found at https://www.manilowmusicproject.org/.
Tickets are available online at https://barrymanilow.com/ or , in person at the Allen County War Memorial, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
With worldwide record sales exceeding 80 million, Barry Manilow is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time with a staggering 50 top 40 hits. Manilow has produced, arranged and released over 40 albums over the course of his career.