Mann Center for the Performing Arts
|Former names||Robin Hood Dell West,
Mann Music Center
|Location||5201 Parkside Avenue
Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
|Owner||City of Philadelphia|
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit performing arts center located in the Centennial District of Philadelphia's West Fairmount Park, founded in 1935 as the summer home for the Philadelphia Orchestra. It has since hosted numerous world-class artists and touring companies such as the American Ballet Theatre with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Marian Anderson, Leonard Bernstein, Buena Vista Social Club, Ray Charles, Judy Garland, the Metropolitan Opera, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Paul Robeson, Itzhak Perlman, Lang Lang, Midori, and Yo-Yo Ma. Major Philadelphia premieres have included the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra’s production of Spartacus, and Britain’s Royal Ballet’s productions of Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake. Among the scores of award-winning popular artists presented by the Mann in recent years are Phish, Tony Bennett, Mary J. Blige, Roger Daltrey, Bob Dylan, Furthur, Arcade Fire, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, Jill Scott, James Taylor, Damien Rice, Bon Iver, The National, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. In 2010 and 2011, the Mann was nominated by Pollstar, the concert industry’s leading trade publication, as "Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue" in North America. The venue has a total seating capacity of approximately 14,000, with 4,700 seats under the roof and over 8,600 outside.
The present building first opened in 1976 and subsequently was designated the Mann Music Center in honor of Frederic R. Mann. In 1998, the facility was renamed to The Mann Center for the Performing Arts to reflect the Center’s plans to broaden its programming and service to the overall community.
Education and community engagement
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts’ Education & Community Engagement program is the region’s largest free education program, serving over 50,000 young people annually. The Mann’s annual Young People’s Concert Series features five free main stage performances making high-quality and culturally diverse performing arts programs accessible to children in the Philadelphia region. The Connecting Arts-N-Schools series brings guest artists directly in to 22 partner schools, and the Judith Gitlin ArtsTeach @ The Mann programs include 6 individual series: Meet the Artist, Tiny Tots Fascination Series, Greenfield Performance Treasures, Connecting Arts @ The Center, Artist in Residency and Master Class.