The Music of Henry Mancini

Kimberly J. Williams
Moon River…The theme from The Pink PantherPeter GunnBaby Elephant Walk. These melodies are easily recognized by many and have one thing in common: Henry Mancini.

Mancini’s music takes center stage on Thursday, March 18, 2010, as Warfield Concerts in Helena-West Helena presents That Mancini Magic!, a tribute to the magnificent music of the great composer.

During his lifetime, Mancini was nominated for 72 Grammys and 18 Academy Awards. Mac Frampton and Cecil Welch, Mancini’s solo trumpeter for two decades, bring this great music to the stage. Supported by The Moon River Orchestra, an ensemble of violins, saxophone, and rhythm, That Mancini Magic! is an musical voyage through the melodies that made Henry Mancini one of America’s greatest composers.

The performance will be held at the Lily Peter Auditorium on the campus of Phillips Community College/University of Arkansas in Helena-West Helena. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. All Warfield Concerts are free and open to the public.

Warfield Concerts was established after the death of Samuel Drake Warfield, a life-long Helena resident and a patron of the arts. Upon his death, Warfield’s entire estate was used to set up an organization dedicated to the performing arts.

This season marks Warfield Concerts’ 42nd year of providing free world-class musical events to the people of the Arkansas Delta. For more information on upcoming Warfield Concerts events, visit

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