Mario Lanza Institute & Museum
2021 Mario Lanza Ball Weekend
Carole Shea Welcome Dinner
Friday November 19, 2021 at 5:00pm.
La Viola West $46 per person includes coffee or tea. Bring your own wine. To attend this event you must RSVP to Carole by November 10th by calling 610-306-1770.
Mario Lanza Ball
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 6:00pm.
IATSE Ballroom (2401 S. Swanson Street) $125 per person.
Scholarship winner performances, video presentation, auction and dinner and dancing to Over the Top Entertainment. Coat check is complimentary and free onsite parking is available.
Mario Lanza Museum Luncheon (1214 Reed Street)
Sunday, November 21, 2021.
A special luncheon, which will include a complete showing of Serenade, will take place at the Lanza Museum on Sunday the 21st. $30 per person. Lunch will be from 1:00pm – 1:45pm and the movie will start promptly at 2:00pm. Seating is limited to 30 people and on a first come first paid basis. No refunds or credits. No exceptions. Street parking. Please RSVP ASAP as events at the museum sell out fast.
A special block of rooms has been booked at the DoubleTree Hotel, located at Broad and Locust Streets, and guests will receive a reduced nightly rate of $189.00 plus tax. To secure the reduced rate, your hotel reservations must be made no later than October 15, 2021. For reservations, please call (215) 893-1600. You may also book your rooms online at https://book.passkey.com/e/50210937.
For further inquiries, please call (215) 238-9691. Please make your event reservations by November 13, 2021. Covid restrictions as prescribed by the City of Philadelphia will be strictly observed at these events. We look forward to seeing you and if you are unable to attend this year, please consider making a contribution to further Mario’s dream. Please note, that as these are benefit events, there are absolutely no refunds. In addition, we are no longer sending confirmation cards. Your canceled check is your receipt.
Click on the links below to see the menu cards and also to download and print the response card for the Mario Lanza Ball on Saturday November 20th and Luncheon on November 21st. Response cards should be mailed to Mario Lanza Institute 1214 Reed Street Philadelphia, PA 19147.
MARIO LANZA MUSEUM IS NOW OPEN!
The Mario Lanza Museum will be open on most Saturdays from 1pm – 4pm. Admission is $10 per person and all attendees must wear a mask and observe social distancing regulations at all times. Tours are given on the hour. Please call 215-238-9691 or email [email protected] for more information. Please note that the museum will generally only be open on Saturdays for now. Sorry for any inconvenience. Special arrangements can be made for additional days but reservations need to be made at least 2 weeks in advance. The museum is located at 1214 Reed Street in Philadelphia.
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On May15, 2021, we had our first outside group private party. Members of the Sons of Italy Mario Lanza Lodge #2308 booked the Mario Lanza Museum for the afternoon which included a delicious lunch of hoagies, antipasto, pastries and cookies. After lunch, the group received a lecture on Mario Lanza from MLI president Bill Ronayne as well as a tour and enjoyed Mario Lanza’s recordings on the sound system and film and TV appearances on the large screen TV. It was a very fine afternoon with a great and fun group of people.
The Mario Lanza Museum is the perfect place to hold your next organizational or club meeting or to host an anniversary, birthday or cocktail party. The spacious room, with amenities including large screen TV, state of the art audio system, couches, café tables and chairs, is decorated with assorted memorabilia from the life and career of the celebrated tenor from South Philadelphia. Its extraordinary ambience and atmosphere will make your special event one that will long be remembered by your attendees. For more information and to book your event, please contact us at 215-238-9691 or [email protected].
Mario Lanza Way!
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mario Lanza, the City Council of Philadelphia passed a resolution also naming the 1200 block of Reed Street, which is where the Mario Lanza Museum is now located, Mario Lanza Way. Viva Mario!
New Date for Mario Lanza Ball!
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions in place and our concern for the well-being and safety of those planning on attending our annual event, we have moved the Mario Lanza Ball to November 20, 2021 from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. More information will be posted as we get closer.
In addition, the Mario Lanza Scholarship auditions will now take place in October of 2021 date and place to be announced. Please check the scholarship page for an announcement in the next few months.
In these trying times, all arts organizations are really feeling the financial pinch. The Mario Lanza Institute is among them and needs your help. Please consider making a donation by clicking on the donate button. Your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps.
If you prefer to donate by check, please make it out to Mario Lanza Institute and mail it to:
Mario Lanza Institute
PO Box 54624
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Thank you for your support. We look forward to welcoming everyone with a grand reopening once the restrictions have been lifted and it is safe to do so.
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30 minutes with Bill Ronayne of the Mario Lanza Institute
This program features the Mario Lanza Institute and Museum.
Radio Interview about Mario Lanza Institute
The Mario Lanza Institute, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, honors the memory of the late, great singer by sponsoring scholarships to promising young singers to further their training and careers. More than 200 scholarships have been awarded and many of the recipients have gone on to perform at major opera houses. The scholarships are awarded to winners of an annual competition. Vocal auditions are held in October. In November, a Mario Lanza Institute announces the winners at the annual Ball.
The Institute also houses a museum featuring photos and artifacts related to Mario Lanza. Holdings include clothing worn by Mario, original movie posters, boxing gloves he used in his youth, and some of his gold records If you would like to make a donation, please make your check payable to Mario Lanza Institute and mail to the following address: Mario Lanza Institute PO Box 54624 Philadelphia, PA 19148
Please note that all correspondence including inquiries, mail orders, donations and Associate Member renewals etc. should be sent to the following address only:
Mario Lanza Institute
PO Box 54624
Philadelphia, PA 19148