On Tuesday, Feb. 24, Barry Manilow will bring his music to Milwaukee for the final time, performing at the BMO Harris Bradley Center as a part of his “One Last Time!” tour. However, the legendary performer hopes to leave some music behind as well.
Today, Manilow donated a new Yamaha piano to benefit MPS, kicking off a local instrument drive to support music education. From now through the day of Manilow’s show, anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument at the BMO Harris Bradley Center Potawatomi Gate ticket office will receive two free tickets (valid for pre-selected seat locations) to the performer’s final Milwaukee concert.
Manilow previously initiated a similar drive – including pairs of free tickets – prior to his 2012 concert at the Milwaukee Theatre.
“I know firsthand how invaluable music education is,” Manilow said. “It is a privilege for me to help bring the gift of music to these kids.”
“We are very appreciative of the support and generosity of the Manilow Music Project in their efforts to support music education in Milwaukee Public Schools,” said MPS Music Curriculum Specialist Tony Soyak, who oversees music education in the district. “The donation of new and gently used instruments will help us as we continue to expand music programs and create more opportunities for all our students to explore and develop their talents.”
The drop off location for donated musical instruments is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturday from noon until 4 p.m. and closed on Sundays.