November 04, 2011 — Coral Gables, FL — The University of Miami Frost School of Music will present its 2011 Frost Legacy Award to humanitarian Ginny Mancini on November 4th at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. This award is in tribute to her transformative and inspiring support of the Henry Mancini Institute, the Frost School of Music, and other institutions of musical excellence throughout the world.
The award will be presented to Mancini at the Jazz Meets Gershwin concert, co-presented by Jazz Roots, Festival Miami and the Arsht Center. The program will feature the Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, led by its new artistic director Terence Blanchard, with special guest artists Michael Feinstein, Denyce Graves, Monica Mancini, Dee Dee Bridgewater, UM Frost School of Music Dean Shelly Berg and Mark O’Connor. The concert is sponsored in part by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and philanthropist and UM trustee Adrienne Arsht.
A video of the award will also be presented at the Frost School’s Winter Wonderful Holiday Dinner on December 4.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ginny Mancini enjoyed a flourishing singing career, performing with Mel Torme, the Mel-Tones and the Tex Beneke Orchestra before marrying composer/conductor Henry Mancini. As a long time supporter of major performing arts organizations dedicated to music education, Mancini was a Founding Member of the Henry Mancini Institute and is a past president. She continued to support the Henry Mancini Institute when it moved to the Frost School of Music in 2007. She is a former Trustee of the National Foundation For Advancement In The Arts (NFAA/Young Arts) headquartered in Miami.
Mancini currently serves as Vice President of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, and is a director of The Leo Buscaglia Foundation. She is a founding member of the USC Thornton School of Music’s Board of Advisors, a Board Member of the ASCAP Foundation, and Secretary of the Geffen Playhouse. She was previously a member of the Royce Center Circle UCLA Performing Arts, and a past chairman, president and co-founder of the Society of Singers.
Former member of the California Commission on Special Education, Mancini was awarded a Certificate of Commendation (2008) by Idyllwild Arts in recognition of outstanding and invaluable service. She received the Global Arts Award (2000) from the Friendly House in recognition of her unending support of the arts worldwide, the Heritage of the Music Center Award (1999) for her significant contributions to the advancement of the performing arts, the Heart of LA Award (1999) from the Heart of Los Angeles for her commitment to the youth of Los Angeles.
Mancini was recognized for her Outstanding Leadership (1998) by UCLA at the reopening of Royce Hall for her years of dedicated philanthropic service to the University. She was awarded the Class Act (1997) by the Los Angeles Unified School District benefiting the Friends of the School Volunteer Program, the City of Hope (1989) by the Sportsmen’s Club – City of Hope in recognition of her humanitarian spirit, the Angel Award (1988) by the International Society of Performing Arts Administrators for her untiring efforts on behalf of the arts, and the Mother of the Year (1983) by the Helping Hand of Cedars- Sinai Medical Center in recognition of her charitable work.
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