Mann Center for the Performing Arts History
Summer means fun in the sun, being outdoors and, of course, summer
concerts. Few venues do outdoor summer concerts quite like the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, located in the beautiful
Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. There has been music in Fairmount Park since 1922, when the Lemon Hill Concert Pavilion first
opened, bringing live performances from the Philadelphia Orchestra to the citizens of the area. The idea was so popular that
a new 10,000 seat pavilion was built in 1930 known as the Robin Hood Dell, one of the most important and beloved warm weather
concert venues in the country in the 20th Century. When millionaire businessman and music lover Frederic R. Mann took over
control over the Robin Hood Dell, he brought the financial resources and deep care that the venue needed to survive through
war and depression. He used his connections in the music and business arenas to bring some of the biggest names in music to
the pavilion. It soon became apparent that the aging Robin Hood Dell would need to be rebuilt and Mann helped the city with
public and private funding for a 14,000 seat venue that would continue his dream of bringing world class music of all styles
to the people of Philadelphia. Opening in 1976, the bicentennial year, the Robin Hood Dell West would later become the Mann
Center for the Performing Arts in 1997.
Mann Center for the Performing Arts Events
Since 1976, the Mann
Center for the Performing Arts has been bringing some of the biggest names in music, theater and entertainment to Philadelphia's
Fairmount Park. The long standing tradition of outdoor music in the park began in 1922 with performances by the Philadelphia
Orchestra, followed by artists like Judy Garland and touring acts like theIsrael Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kirov Ballet.
Over the years, the Robin Hood Dell West andMann Center for the Performing Arts has become one of the most beloved concert
venues, hosting eclectic acts like Mikhail Baryshnikov, Tony Bennett, Yo-Yo Ma, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, The National,
Mary J. Blige, Arcade Fire, and CATS. Don't pass up an opportunity to enjoy live music under the stars at one of the most
storied venues in the country.
The City of Brotherly Love is at the epicenter
of American history, serving as the first capital of the young country. The city was the home of both Continental Congresses,
as well as the site of the singing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The roots of our country lie deep
in Philadelphia, both historically as well as artistically. A visit to this fine city with leave you breathless as you take
a walk in time through the many landmarks, but also experience a dynamic city for the new millennium.
for the Performing Arts Seating Layout
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia is one of the premier
summer concert venues in the country. The 14,000 seat pavilion is set with great seating options for all types of events and
every seating preference. There are 4,700 seats that are covered, including seating in the Orchestra sections as well as sections
of the terrace and lawn area. There are 8,600 seats under the stars, both in seats and the lawn, offering a little something
Mann Center for the Performing Arts Trivia
In 2013, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts
built what exciting new addition?
The venue is now home to the Skyline Stage, a second stage the offers unmatched views
of the Philadelphia skyline as well as another incredible venue to host world class music and entertainment.