The Mann Center

In my recent adventures trailing after journalists taking photos, I got to take a tour of the Mann Center – a performance space that I remember most vividly from the childhood concerts I attended there. They’ve just renovated huge portions of the center, and will be hosting a variety of events this summer – including a lot of contemporary acts.

I am very interested in seeing The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess and the Dropkick Murphys and Jared is interested in The National and The Pet Shop Boys. Choices!

I never thought I would look out on the view from The Mann Center stage as I did that day. I never thought I’d ever be on that side of the stage.

Most of you don’t know this, but I went to school sponsored, in part, on a music scholarship. I studied music for ten years, and after school, I sang professionally as a ringer with a church choir. I love singing. I adore it and I gave it up.

When someone critiques my writing or photography, they often critique what I’ve done. In singing, it is frequently a critique of Who You Are. Singing, for me, is personal, almost spiritual, and I would get lost in it. I couldn’t study it objectively enough to master it.

I also abhorred the stuffy nature of much of the choral world I was exposed to, ever repeating performances of the same musical greats. They were great, make no mistake, but there was seldom growth. I wanted to learn more contemporary things, but I never found a teacher, and I was not good enough without one.

In the end, it was photography that carried me up those small wooden stairs.

Now I just need to figure out a good way to get from my place to the center via public transport so that I can drink wine while listening to great music.

You can look up the full lineup here: THE MANN CENTER EVENTS

Photos I took of the Mann Center are below.