Los Angeles remembers its flute philanthropist

Los Angeles remembers its flute philanthropist


norman lebrecht

October 27, 2021

Variety reports the death, aged 97, of Ginny Mancini, widow of the composer Henry Mancini.

While Henry, whom she married in 1947, wrote Moon River and won four Oscars, Ginny founded the Society of Singers and endowed the principal flute chair at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, becoming a close friend of its incumbent Dennis Bouriakov, as well as James Galway and other instrumental stars.


  • Larry says:

    Not just the “widow of Henry Mancini” but she was active as a pop singer before marrying him.

  • drummerman says:

    It might not be well known but Henry Mancini started out as a flute player. His autobiography, “Did They Mention the Music?,” is great fun to read.

    • BRUCEB says:

      Back in the day (late 1970s) on “Evening At Pops,” his opening number when he first came on was to play Flight of the Bumblebee on alto flute.

  • Leo says:

    Bless her, such a face that full of Love!

  • Anthony Sayer says:

    Very good facelift, for once. Nice-looking lady.