At the Mann Center’s July 27 benefit concert, Aretha Franklin and Condoleezza Rice joined the Philadelphia Orchestra to raise $582,000 for the Mann Center for the Performing Arts’ educational and community engagement programs. Those programs—which include the Mann Center’s Young People’s Concert Series, Greenfield Performance Treasures, Connecting Arts-N-Schools, Connecting Arts @ The Center, Arts Teach @ The Mann, and Community Engagement Festivals—will reach more than 47,000 young people this season from the Philadelphia area and greater tri-state region. "In a city where schools often do not have the funding to support continuing programs and where families may not have the resources to attend cultural performances,” said Catherine M. Cahill, president and CEO of The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, “we are pleased that The Mann Center can continue to be an accessible and  positive place for music education and appreciation."

Posted August 2, 2010