Monica ManciniThe daughter of famed film composer Henry Mancini and the notable studio singer Ginny O'Conner Mancini, Monica 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.
For her Concord Records CD, Cinema Paradiso, choosing to record a collection of theme songs from both new and classic movies was a natural choice for Monica. "Much of my favorite music comes from the movies," she explains. "Theme songs are so evocative -- when you listen to the lyrics, they really tell a story. I've always thought these kind of songs had more meaning because they conjure up both images and emotions." Cinema Paradiso continues Monica's tradition of selecting a theme that has a deeply personal connection. "This is the kind of music that I grew up with, and it's what I know best," she says. In fact, several of the songs on the CD were specifically chosen because of their personal significance, including the title track. "Cinema Paradiso was my dad's favorite movie theme," she recalls. "It's such a gorgeous piece, and he always said how much he loved it."
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 words through music."
Mancini keeps a busy touring schedule with recent appearances at New York's Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, California's Hollywood Bowl and Orange County Performing Arts.