Mancini’s daughter pays tribute
The daughter of famed film composer Henry Mancini, Monica Mancini, will be the special vocalist guest in a tribute to her father’s work today at the Ford Amphitheater as part of the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.
Mancini has carved out an impressive career of her own as a concert performer, appearing with major symphony orchestras worldwide, including the Chicago Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Seattle Symphony and the London Metropolitan Orchestra.She began singing early on as a member of the Henry Mancini Chorus, which led to a successful career in the Los Angeles studios, where she appeared on countless film scores and recordings, with such notable artists as Placido Domingo, Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson.
Her debut CD, simply titled “Monica Mancini,” found her paying tribute to her father’s musical legacy and was the companion to her PBS television special, “Monica Mancini: On Record.”Her current Concord Records CD, “The Dreams of Johnny Mercer,” finds Mancini uniquely interpreting a dozen songs that have lyrics by the immortal Johnny Mercer. Barry Manilow gave Mancini and her husband, the well-known drummer and producer Gregg Field, the inspiration to do an all Johnny Mercer record by introducing them to a number of Mercer’s unpublished lyrics, for which Manilow wrote new music. These, along with some of Mercer’s classics, make up the album, a memorable rendering of the work of this complex genius that Mancini knew from childhood.
The New York Times has described Mancini’s voice as “the glamorous vocal equivalent to diamonds flashing.” On her approach to interpreting a song, she says, “I always keep in mind what the composer intended, because I believe melodies and lyrics are crafted with a definite purpose. I want to bring out the beauty of the writer’s word through music.”For more information or to purchase tickets, call (877) 812-5700, or visit http://www.vailmusicfestival.org