BARRY MANILOW MAKES PERSONAL INSTRUMENT DONATION OF 10 YAMAHA KEYBOARDS TO ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT AND LAUNCHES LOCAL INSTRUMENT DRIVE
A New or Gently Used Musical Instrument can be Exchanged at Amway Center Box Office for $20 Discounts on Select Tickets January 3rd Through 17th[ORLANDO, FL January 3rd, 2010] Legendary singer-songwriter Barry Manilow will make a personal donation of 10 YAMAHA keyboards to the Orange County Public School District and hopes others will once again follow his philanthropic lead. Manilow's non-profit organization, the Manilow Music Project, in conjunction with Orlando's own WFTV/WRDQ 27 have joined forces to put musical instruments into the hands of Orange County Public School District students. Amway Center will be the base for a major instrument drive in Orlando, from January 3rd through 17th. The instrument drop off location is at the NE entrance of the center, (adjacent to the Magic Team Store at the intersection of Hughey Avenue and Church Street) between 7am - 5pm Monday through Friday. This program is a partnership between 27 CommunityConnection, the Amway Center and the Manilow Music Project (MMP). Information about the program can be found on the TV27.com website. MMP is part of The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope and was formed in response to the needs of public schools and their severely depleted music programs, and works towards highlighting these programs. Additionally, MMP aids these programs in the form of donations of instruments and materials to further music education around the country, most recently in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Los Angeles, and Palm Springs. "WRDQ's 27 Community Connection is proud to be partnering with the Manilow Music Project to enhance the music programs throughout Orange County Public Schools. This year, we launched our Be There campaign to encourage parents to be involved in the lives of their children. This is a way for the community to be there for our local students and support music in the schools" stated Shawn Bartelt, Vice President/General Manager-WFTV-Channel 9/WRDQ-Channel 27 Fans who bring a new or gently used musical instrument to the Amway Center will receive a $20 discount off select ticket price seating for his January 20th show in Orlando. Additionally, each person donating an instrument will be entered into a sweepstakes for the opportunity to meet Barry Manilow in person. "It is an incredible gift to be able to put instruments into these kids hands so that they can experience the world that opens to them with music," says Manilow. Manilow will be performing a series of first-ever Florida symphony concerts backed by The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra of Punta Gorda, Florida in January of 2011. Beginning on January 20th, and stretching across five major Florida cities Manilow will bring his greatest hits to the Sunshine State. The Florida concert series is an entirely exclusive and distinct experience from Manilow's current critically acclaimed Paris Las Vegas residency shows, and features The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra plus Manilow's Band and Cast from his Las Vegas Show. The concerts, produced in partnership with STILETTO Entertainment and BRE Presents, will mark the first time Manilow has performed with an orchestral accompaniment in Florida. "We're excited and honored to partner with the Music Manilow Project and support such a worthwhile cause. Mr. Manilow and his foundation have been instrumental across the country and we're grateful for the opportunity to influence the children of our community through music," states Allen Johnson, Amway Center Executive Director. Tickets are available online at Manilow.com, ManilowFlorida.com, or Ticketmaster.com, in person at select venues, or by calling 1.800.745.3000. FRONT ROW MANILOW tickets are available only at www.FrontRowManilow.com. BMIFC Tickets are also available atwww.starz.bz/bmifc or by calling 310.957.5788. A limited number of PLATINUM tickets are available at www.starz.bz/manilowfund or by calling 310.957.5788. With worldwide record sales exceeding 80 million, Barry Manilow is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time, according to R&R (Radio & Records); with no less than 25 consecutive top 40 hits to his credit between 1975 and 1983, on the Billboard Hot 100. Manilow has worked on over 40 albums over the course of his career as a singer, songwriter, arranger and producer. His recently released Grammy nominated "The Greatest Love Songs of All Time," album chronicles the most touching love songs ever written. Manilow is currently performing more than 78 shows a year for two years at the Paris Theatre at Paris Las Vegas, having added even more dates to this residency due to incredibly high demand. Those shows are produced by STILETTO Entertainment in conjunction with AEG Live and Paris Las Vegas.