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The incandescent Barbara Cook

Mary Chapin Carpenter, now up for her 6th Grammy Award

Composer Lance Horne with guest Alan Cumming and more

Indie folk stars The Low Anthem

TICKETS for the general public can be purchased online at Lincoln Center’s website http://www.AmericanSongbook.org, via CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, at the Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, or at the Frederick P. Rose Hall Box Office.

 

Lincoln Center’s acclaimed series American Songbook returns on January 12th for Week One of its 2011 season. The series, which explores the best of the golden age of musical standards through to today’s most dynamic songwriting, will bring to the stage some of today’s most gifted interpreters of song. The luminous legend Barbara Cook opens the series and it is a rare opportunity to see her perform in an intimate setting. On January 13th folk artists The Low Anthem performs, followed by new musical theater composer Lance Horne on January 14th. Horne will be joined by stars from Broadway and the West End, including Alan Cumming (who made his solo concert debut in American Songbook in 2009), the great Lea Delaria, Meow Meow, Ricki Lake, Daphne Rubin-Vega (late show only) and, possibly, chanteuse Ann Hampton Calloway. Week One closes out with the expressive folk singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter, whose new album has just been nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award (she has already won five.)

Pfizer is a proud sponsor of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook 2011.

American Songbook will be presented in the spectacular Allen Room of Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. The Allen Room possesses one of New York’s greatest settings – a stunning vista of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline that provides an evocative backdrop for the performers.

TICKETS can be purchased online at Lincoln Center’s website http://www.AmericanSongbook.org, via CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, at the Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, or at the Frederick P. Rose Hall Box Office.

Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Week One

January 12 – 15, 2011

The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street

Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 8:30 pmBarbara Cook has been called “the greatest singer in the world,” and six decades after her professional debut her voice still astounds. Cook changed the way we listen to the American songbook, treating popular tunes as the art songs they are and investing the lyrics with an actor’s understanding and sensitivity. Her recent turn on Broadway in “Sondheim on Sondheim” reminded everyone of her place in American musical history. This night in The Allen Room will add to her firmament.

Thursday, January 13, 2011, 8:30 pmThe Low Anthem Formed in 2006, The Low Anthem is a newly-hot indie folk band from Providence, Rhode Island. They specialize in close harmonies often sung in guttural growls, and unexpected instruments such as the crotales (a percussion instrument of bowed cymbals) and a World War I-era pump organ.  As was apparent on their critically acclaimed album, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, their songs are beautifully crafted and infused with a human touch.   Their eagerly-awaited second album on the Nonesuch label, Smart Flesh, will come out in February, 2011.

Friday, January 14, 2011, 8:30 pm and 10:30 pmLance Horne: First Things Last, with special guests from Broadway and the West End, including Alan Cumming and Cheyenne Jackson A composer on the rise! An arranger, songwriter and performer, Lance Horne is a musician who takes no prisoners. He composes and arranges songs for diverse talents from Broadway and the West End – many of whom will join him in The Allen Room for a night of musical theater to launch his new album, First Things Last.

Saturday, January 15, 2011, 8:30 pm: Mary Chapin Carpenter This five-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter recently released The Age of Miracles, a collection of songs that she calls a personal exploration of regret and resilience. She combined folk, country, acoustic, rock and blues to craft songs that speak to life’s most personal details as well as their most universal. Carpenter will perform songs from this album, as well as others, accompanied by a unique band of instrumentalists in a show created especially for the intimacy of The Allen Room. Sponsored by Logicworks. The album was just nominated for a 2010 Grammy as Best Contemporary Folk Album.

Since it was launched in 1998, American Songbook has been dedicated to celebrating the extraordinary achievements of the popular American songwriter from the turn of the 20th century to the present day. Spanning all styles and genres from Tin Pan Alley and Broadway to the eclecticism of today’s songwriters working in pop, cabaret, rock, folk and country, American Songbook traces the history and charts the course of the American song from its past and current forms to its future direction.

Artists who have appeared on the American Songbook series include Andy Bey, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Betty Buckley, Ann Hampton Callaway, Calexico, Liz Callaway, Neko Case, Rosanne Cash, Michael Cerveris, Kristin Chenoweth, Peter Cincotti, Eric Comstock, Victoria Clark, Rodney Crowell, Alan Cumming, Dean & Britta, Mos Def, Dirty Projectors, Christine Ebersole, Kurt Elling, Marianne Faithfull, Sutton Foster, The Fountains of Wayne, Michael Friedman, Mary Cleere Haran, Darius de Haas, Joe Henry, Fred Hersch, Jane Krakowski, Judy Kuhn, LaChanze, k.d. lang, Gabriel Kahane, Bettye LaVette, Amos Lee, Patti Loveless, Rebecca Luker, Patti LuPone, Nellie McKay, Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley, Del McCoury, Audra McDonald, Lori McKenna, Nellie McKay, Alan Menken, Jane Monheit, Megan Mullally, Kelli O’Hara, Tonya Pinkins, John Pizzarelli, Martha Plimpton, Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Steve Ross, Stephin Merritt with The Magnetic Fields, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Nico Muhly, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Jimmy Scott, Patti Smith, Todd Snider, Sufjan Stevens, Stew, Billy Stritch, Elaine Stritch, St. Vincent, Paulo Szot, They Might Be Giants, Leslie Uggams, Suzanne Vega, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Deborah Voigt, Lillias White, Dar Williams, Lizz Wright, David Yazbek and John Lloyd Young. The series has also presented concerts highlighting the music of composers and lyricists such as Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Harold Arlen, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Leonard Bernstein, Jason Robert Brown, William Bolcom and Arnold Weinstein, John Bucchino, Michael John LaChiusa, Cy Coleman, Ricky Ian Gordon, Adam Guettel, David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez, Frank Loesser, Alan Menken, Cole Porter, Andy Razaf, Richard Rodgers, Arthur Schwartz, Duncan Sheik, Stephen Sondheim, Billy Strayhorn, Charles Strouse, Jule Styne, Jimmy Van Heusen, and David Zippel.

Pfizer is a proud sponsor of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook 2011.

Major support for American Songbook is provided by Fisher Brothers, In Memory of Richard L. Fisher, and Amy & Joseph Perella.

Additional corporate support is provided by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Additional support for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook is provided by The DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Logicworks, Jill and Irwin Cohen, Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council and Friends of Lincoln Center.

Public support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts.

Artist hospitality provided by Zabar’s and Zabars.com

Movado is an Official Sponsor of Lincoln Center, Inc.

WABC is the Official Broadcast Partner of Lincoln Center, Inc.

Continental Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln Center, Inc.

First Republic Bank is the Official Sponsor of the Fashion Lincoln Center Online Experience.

MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center, Inc.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of superb artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. As a presenter of over 400 events annually, LCPA’s programs include American Songbook, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, and the Mostly Mozart Festival and Live From Lincoln Center.

LINCOLN CENTER PRESENTS AMERICAN SONGBOOK 2011 – WEEK ONE

At The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall

Broadway at 60th Street

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Barbara Cook

Tickets: $45, 65, 85, 100

Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 8:30 pm

The Low Anthem

Tickets: $35, 50, 60, 75

Friday, January 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm and 10:30 pm

Lance Horne: First Things Last, with special guests from Broadway and the West End, including Alan Cumming and Cheyenne Jackson

Tickets: $40, 55, 70, 85

Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Tickets: $40, 55, 70, 85

Sponsored by Logicworks.

TICKETS for the general public can be purchased online at Lincoln Center’s website http://www.AmericanSongbook.org, via CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, at the Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, or at the Frederick P. Rose Hall Box Office.

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