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HOUSTON -- Ahead of his May 19 performance in The Woodlands, Barry Manilow is donating a new piano to Houston-area kids.

Manilow s publicist says the pop icon will give a new Yamaha piano to Conroe Independent School District to launch a local instrument drive for Houston Public Schools.

I m thrilled to be able to help bring the gift of music to these kids, states Manilow.

In Conroe ISD, we feel all students should have the opportunity to study and enjoy Fine Arts; and we are fortunate to have the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion within our school district, said Dr. Don Stockton, Superintendent. From Fine Arts Education Day and student scholarships to hosting musical legends like Barry Manilow, the Pavilion provides an array of Fine Arts events, programs, and entertainment. We are thrilled that the Manilow Music Project is working with the Cynthia Woods Pavilion and the community to contribute to the enrichment of our students' lives through music. The donated instruments will greatly benefit students throughout the District.

Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion will receive two free tickets for Manilow s concert next month.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion will be the base for the instrument drive from now through the day of the concert. Instruments can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Manilow performs at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on May 19 at 8 p.m.

Tickets for the concert are still available.

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