On October 1st, 1957, officials of the city of Tel Aviv and the State of Israel formally opened the
Frederic R. Mann Auditorium. Many of the same difficulties that characterized the first decade of the
State had to be overcome over the four years the hall was under construction, such having to import materials
and experts from abroad, and, especially, obtaining the necessary financing for each and every stage of work.
Its chief benefactor was Frederic R. Mann of Philadelphia (1903-1987).
The Mann Auditorium is justly considered one of the most sophisticated cultural facilities in the world.
The hall, which was built primarily as a home for the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, is notable for its size and flexibility.
Since its establishment, many top musicians have played on its stage including Leonard Bernstein, Izhak Perlman,
Yehudi Menuhin, Daniel Barenboim, Isaac Stern, and Arthur Rubinstein, as have many renowned orchestras from
all over the world: the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Philadelphia Philharmonic Orchestra, and more.
In addition to musical performances, the Mann Auditorium frequently hosts national and international conferences
Subscribers and Guests, My Dear Friends:
There are many auditoriums in Israel that are called in Hebrew “Heichal Hatarbut” or
“hall of culture,” but, in fact, there is really only one that is worthy of the name.
That, of course, is the main concert hall of the city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, the center of
culture of the State of Israel, the Mann Auditorium. The Board of Directors of the
Mann Auditorium, half of whom are representatives of the city and half of the Philharmonic
Orchestra, are concerned about the welfare of the hall, and steadfastly attempt to ensure
that the name “Hall of Culture” is consistently justified.
We do this by continually improving our systems, both to enhance the experience of our audiences
and to provide excellent technical resources for our performing artists. We believe ours is a unique
auditorium with a special atmosphere, a center to which people are drawn and enjoy coming, for arts and
entertainment. We will continue to doing all we can to ensure that the Mann Auditorium retains its standing
as a respected center of culture, that brings honor to our city, Tel Aviv-Jaffa.
First Deputy Mayor, Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo
Chairman, Mann Auditorium
Dear Guests of the Mann Auditorium:
I have the privilege of serving as serving as the General Manager of the
Mann Auditorium at the start of a new era century and millennium. Our focus,
as always, is on improvement of service, and concern for the welfare of the
audience, along with providing the maximum opportunities for performers and
producers to mount a wide variety of performances on our stage. To this end,
in recent years, we have invested much in our infrastructure, as described on
the following pages.
The Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra produces elaborate operas and complex concerts.
Other artistic companies also produce musicals and performances requiring extensive
arrangements of stage sets, lighting, and sound amplification. Public bodies hold
conferences and assemblies here with the participation of thousand of people.
To better accommodate all of these, we plan for the near future further additions
and improvements, including raising the ceiling above the stage, building an organ
and an orchestra pit, expanding the women’s restroom, and adding an elevator for the
convenience of the public.
I hope that all of our guests, visiting artists, and producers will continue to enjoy
the Mann Auditorium for many more years to come.
English version was revised by: Suzanne Libenson
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