In 1993, the Foundation supported the construction of the Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota—a world-class concert auditorium overlooking the banks of the Mississippi River that seats over 1,200 guests. Designed with acoustics as its highest priority, the Concert Hall shines with the all-encompassing, clear sound of musical performances.

In addition to accommodating a full orchestra and chorus, the Concert Hall stage can also provide an intimate setting for a lecturer or speaking event. Each year, the Hall offers a full concert programming schedule that includes performances by University of Minnesota School of Music ensembles, faculty, and guest artists.



Desired Impact

Ted Mann began his career as a film exhibitor in Minneapolis before growing his theater chain nationwide. Because of his great success, Ted wanted to give back to the community in Minneapolis that had been so good to him. That commitment, combined with his lifelong love of and interest in music, led Ted to endow the Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota in 1993. At the opening of the Concert Hall, Ted performed a song. Over the past 30 years, the Ted Mann Concert Hall has hosted hundreds of diverse performances.

Nothing lasts forever… except great music.”

Ted Mann, movie theater entrepreneur & philanthropist