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Barry Manilow donates new piano to Reading School District

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 24 2012 09:59:19 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 24 2012 05:28:16 PM CDT

Barry Manilow has hit a high note with the Reading School District.

READING, Pa. -

Legendary singer-songwriter Barry Manilow is sharing his love of music with local schoolchildren.

Manilow, through his Manilow Music Project, has donated a new Yamaha piano to the Reading School District.

"I'm thrilled to be able to help bring the gift of music to these kids," said Manilow, who will be performing at the Sovereign Center in Reading for the third time on September 6.

Manilow's donation launches the Reading Musical Foundation's instrument recycling program, known as "Operation Replay."

"Donated instruments are refurbished, cleaned up, sanitized and then given out in the Berks County schools to kids who can't afford to either purchase an instrument of their own or rent an instrument," said Keri M. Shultz, president of the RMF.

Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument will receive two free tickets for Manilow's concert.

"This surge of instruments into Operation Replay, RMF's instrument recycling program, will allow 50 additional students in the Reading School District to begin their own music journey," said Shultz.

The Sovereign Center box office on Penn Street will be the base for the instrument drive from now through September 6. Donors can exchange an instrument for tickets weekdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

"I would love to see this lobby filled with instruments people are bringing in," said Joanie Berney, marketing manager for the Sovereign Center.

The Manilow Music Project is part of The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope. It was formed as a grass roots organization to assist local charities and programs with the primary focus of providing musical instruments to high schools and middle schools and music scholarships at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.