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Melissa Manchester to perform concert in Sandusky

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Apr 16, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Terra State Community College and the Sandusky State Theatre are joining forces with KeyBank in bringing Grammy-Award winning artist Melissa Manchester to the area for several events.

On Friday, May 2, at 8 p.m., the Sandusky State Theatre will play host to “An Evening with Melissa Manchester,” a concert presented by KeyBank. The event will also feature several music ensembles from Terra State as well the Sandusky State Theatre’s Amerikids show choir.

For tickets, call the Sandusky State Theatre Box Office at (419) 626-1950 or visit the State Theatre’s website. Prices range from $26 to $46.

Manchester’s music has served to establish her as a compelling singer/songwriter. Her debut releases Home To Myself and Bright Eyes positioned her as a dynamic new talent. Manchester’s career took off with the launch of the smash hit single "Midnight Blue" in 1975. Later international hits, including "Through the Eyes of Love" and "Don't Cry Out Loud," were written for her by her friends and frequent collaborators, Carole Bayer Sager, Marvin Hamlisch and the late Peter Allen. 

After co-writing the radio classic, "Whenever I Call You Friend," with Kenny Loggins, her songs were recorded by Barbra Streisand, Dusty Springfield, Alison Krauss, Roberta Flack, Johnny Mathis, Kathy Mattea, Peabo Bryson, Cleo Laine, Barbara Cook and Mel Torme, among many others.

The President’s Scholarship Dinner will precede the concert at the State Theatre. Proceeds from the dinner will support the President’s Scholarship Fund, an endowment which assists students at Terra State in achieving their higher education goals.

Tickets are $125 and include dinner with open bar, reserved concert seating and a commemorative CD of the performance. Reservations, made through the State Theatre Box Office, must be made by April 18.

Manchester will be presenting a Master Class for vocalists and songwriters on Thursday, May 1 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This is open to the public. Singers or songwriters who would like to participate and perform for comments and coaching from Manchester should call the Music Department Office at Terra State 419-559-2379 to reserve a spot in the Master Class presentation.

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