Manhattan Center: A Monument to Musical Traditions in New York City

NEW YORK, Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- "Interconnectedness" is a popular buzzword of our age. Thanks to technology, not only are people connected with each other in ways never before dreamed, but it is easier than ever to learn about a host of cultural traditions...including the musical variety.

Positive proof of this kind of interconnectedness can be found in the heart of New York City—at 311 West 34th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, to be precise. There stands Manhattan Center, encompassing the Hammerstein Ballroom, Grand Ballroom, and Manhattan Center Studios. While the studios host a range of television production and music recording activities, the two ballrooms comprise a destination for many acts and special events—a dizzying array of cultural offerings including music, dance and other forms of entertainment, from mainstream to niche. 

If Manhattan Center's offerings over the course of a year could be shrunk down, put into a time capsule and buried for posterity, people of the distant future—our great great great grandchildren, perhaps—would marvel at the eclectic mix of offerings that typifies the cultural interconnectedness of the 21st century. 

Manhattan Center manages this feat by featuring hip hop stars one night, classical music the next. Even within specific genres there are distinctions: Damien and Stephen Marley blend reggae and calypso, while on another night Slightly Stoopid bring it with their blend of folk, rock, reggae and blues. The next night it might be the Moscow Ballet. Or America's Got Talent judges Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B. auditioning candidates for the 2013 season. On the schedule as well: heavy metal bands Megadeth and Black Label Society; rapper Mac Miller; R&B's Chris Brown; Korean rock ballad singer Kim Jung Moon; Croatian duo 2Cellos; and even Madonna. Other well-known clients who often utilize Manhattan Center: Live Nation, AEG, MCA, DreamWorks, Showtime, MTV, VH1, BET, Turner and Univision.

This list barely scratches the surface. A "Who's Who" of talent from around the world walks through Manhattan Center's doors to entertain, educate, amuse and bring joy to the audiences of today.

For more on Manhattan Center and its cornucopia of diverse events, visit

Enrique Briz, Dian Griesel Int'l.  212.825.3210

SOURCE Manhattan Center


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