NBC’s The Voice finalist and Phantom of the Opera star Chris Mann to Headline APAC Inaugural Gala
ARCADIA, CA — July 14, 2017 — NBC’s The Voice finalist and The Phantom of the Opera star Chris Mann is opening the Arcadia Performing Arts Center’s Professional 2017–18 Season Inaugural Gala. The season raises funding to help the Arcadia Public School district launch art, dance, music and theatre education in six elementary schools by Fall 2018.
Chris Mann rose to fame as NBC’s The Voice finalist. He has performed at the White House, reached millions with his PBS concert Chris Mann in Concert: A Mann for All Seasons, and was hailed as “the best Phantom since Michael Crawford after two years of 700 performances as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera’s 25th Anniversary Tour.
Chris Mann’s three albums have collectively made #1 on Billboard, Amazon and iTunes charts. Paul Anka reworked “My Way” for Chris Mann, who holds the honor of recording the only other official version of Frank Sinatra’s standard.
Chris Mann’s upcoming studio album Urban Songbook reinvents Great American Songbook jazz melodies with modern rhythms. On September 16, Chris Mann will showcase unreleased Urban Songbook songs and award-winning favorites with global talent Maki Hsieh, and 135 young artists from the center’s resident companies Arcadia Stage, Band, Chanteurs, Orchesis and Orchestra’s strings octet.
General admissions doors open at 7:00 p.m. for the 7:45 p.m. concert which ends at 9:15 p.m. For VIP ticket holders, the Red Carpet Club pre-show experience begins at 5:30 p.m. with dress rehearsal and artist Q&A, catered buffet and grill, celebrity media wall, artist meet-and-greet, and live music featuring the Marimba Ensemble and AHS String Quartet. The premier silent auction includes rare RIAA-certified platinum and gold albums of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, David Bowie and other artists.
To engage youth audiences, a 20% discount of general admissions tickets is available for all students through undergraduate studies with valid I.D. In addition, 30% Early Bird discount is available through August 16 followed by 20% Second Chance and 10% Last Chance promotion. General admission tickets start from $19 Mezzanine to $200 VIP.
About the Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation
The Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) fundraising organization for the Arcadia Performing Arts Center, and arts education in the Arcadia Unified School District. As Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley’s premiere arts and entertainment venue, the Arcadia Performing Arts Center is a cultural destination and youth talent incubator that makes great art accessible to all. The state-of-the art professional venue features a 1,163-seat main stage and Black Box theatre, and strengthens the district’s 66-year legacy of arts excellence which includes former students Stevie Nicks, Van Halen’s Michael Anthony Sobolewski, NFL Hall of Famer marching band member Bruce Matthews, and Emmy Award-winning producer of The Voice Barton Kimball.
For the past five seasons, artists such as Paul Anka, Herb Alpert, Four Tops, Daniel Ho, Shanghai Acrobats, Larry Carlton, and Steve Tyrell have elevated the community with high-quality artistic programs, and provided Arcadia High School’s performing arts and stagecraft students with unique opportunities to participate in world-class performances.
The upcoming Professional 2017–18 Season’s concerts with a cause raises funding for the school system’s integration of art, dance, music and theatre education in six elementary schools by August 2018.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.ARCADIAPAF.ORG