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April 26. 2013 12:30AM

Crooner Manilow donates piano and urges fans to follow his lead


Barry Manilow (Courtesy)

MANCHESTER - Barry Manilow plans to leave something behind after his concert at Verizon Wireless Arena next month.

The iconic singer is donating a new piano to the Manchester School District and hoping fans follow his lead. Anyone who gives the district a new or gently used instrument gets two free tickets to the show May 9.

The instrument drive is something Manilow tries to make happen at each tour stop. He donates a Yamaha piano and offers up the tickets in exchange for donations, which have provided thousands of instruments and help keep music programs afloat.

"I'm thrilled to be able to help bring the gift of music to these kids," Manilow said in a release Thursday.

The instrument drive is part of the Manilow Music Project and Manilow Fund for Health and Hope, which try to get instruments into the classrooms for students in middle and high schools, as well as provide scholarship opportunities.

Instruments can be dropped off at the arena Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays until the day of the show.


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