The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra is selected by producers and directors to perform on television because of its youthful energy and ability to perform styles ranging from classical to pop, jazz and hip hop. Our Mancini Fellows not only come to the stage versed in a broad range of styles, they know what it takes to rehearse and perform with varied professional guest artists and television personalities.
Most recently, An Evening with Dave Grusin featuring the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra was televised during a PBS pledge drive on WPBT2 in Miami (May, 2011). The television version featured interviews with featured guest artists Patti Austin, Jon Secada, Arturo Sandoval, Gary Burton, Nestor Torres, Monica Mancini, Gregg Field and Sammy Figueroa, as well as behind-the-scenes information with JazzRoots producer and music entrepreneur Larry Rosen, featuring Shelly Berg, Phil Ramone and Frank Filipetti. Simultaneously, a Blu-ray DVD and audio CD of the same concert were released by Concord Music Group, and the concert was released as the first-ever ROBA Interactive i-pad app with rich graphics and behind-the-scenes footage. The original concert was recorded at the Knight Concert Hall at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida.
The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra also performed on stage for the live taping of a Robert Klein comedy special named Unfair and Unbalanced that premiered on HBO in the summer of 2009, and still continues to air. Producer and music director Bob Stein first heard the HMI Orchestra at a Festival Miami concert at UM Gusman Concert Hall, and felt they would be the right fit to perform varied selections featuring Robert Klein on vocals and harmonica, interspersed with his unique brand of comedy and satire. The special was recorded live at the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.