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Barry Manilow donates piano to Oklahoma City Schools instrument drive

People can trade a new or gently used musical instrument for free tickets to Manilow's June 9 concert.
by Heather Warlick Published: May 25, 2012
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IN BRIEF

Barry Manilow donates piano

to Oklahoma City schools

Singer/songwriter Barry Manilow is helping launch a local instrument drive with the donation of a new Yamaha piano. The public is encouraged to donate new or gently used instruments and for each donation will receive two free tickets to Manilow's June 9 concert at Chesapeake Energy Arena in downtown Oklahoma City.

“It's an honor to be able to help give these kids the gift of music,” Manilow said in a news release.

Donated instruments can be dropped off at Chesapeake Energy Arena Box Office between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The deadline for donations is the day of the show.

Manilow's donation is through his Manilow Music Project, a venture of The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope, a grass-roots organization that helps local charities and programs by providing instruments to schools and music scholarships at universities in the U.S., Canada and U.K.

“We are overjoyed that Mr. Manilow is so gracious and kind and that musical instruments will be donated to our district,” said Karl Springer, superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools, in a news release. “No words can thank you loudly enough!”

Tickets are available online at Manilow.com or Ticketmaster.com, at the Chesapeake Bank Arena Box Office, or by calling (800) 745-3000.

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by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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