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Barry Manilow to bring music, donate instruments

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Special Photo Barry Manilow will perform at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Saturday.

IF YOU GO

• What: Barry Manilow concert

• When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

• Where: Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth

• Cost: $10 to $130

• For more information: Visit www.gwinnettcente...

DULUTH -- Fanilows, rejoice. In less than 48 hours, the man who "Writes the Songs" brings his tunes to Duluth.

That's right, Barry Manilow will be at the Arena at Gwinnett Center as part of his "Manilow on Broadway" tour Saturday.

With worldwide record sales exceeding 80 million, Manilow is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time with 50 Top 40 Hits. Manilow has produced, arranged and released more than 40 albums and has written hundreds of songs. His career led him to win a Grammy, two Emmys, a Tony Award and an Oscar nomination.

He is known for his hits like "Mandy," "I Write the Songs" and "Copacabana (At The Copa)."

Besides performing on Saturday, Manilow is hosting an instrument drive to benefit local schools as part of The Manilow Music Project.

"I'm thrilled to be able to help bring the gift of music to these kids," Manilow said in a release.

The singer donated a Yamaha piano to launch the drive for Gwinnett County Public Schools.

The mission statement of the Manilow Music Project highlights "the importance of music programs in our schools and donates instruments and materials to school music programs."

Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument at the Gwinnett Center will receive two free tickets to Manilow's Saturday concert at the Arena.

The drive runs through Saturday. The public can drop off instruments between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday.

For more information about the project, visit www.manilowmusicproject.org.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.