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May 26, 2015

Harold Ford, Jr. Honored at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Gala

American Songbook

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John Legend Performance Followed by a Conversation between Legend and Willie Geist


May 26, 2015 ? Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) honored Harold Ford, Jr. at its American Songbook Gala tonight in Alice Tully Hall. Ford, a former U.S. Representative from Tennessee’s 9th District and currently a managing director at Morgan Stanley, also serves as a Trustee of Lincoln Center. American Songbook, a popular series offered at Lincoln Center that celebrates the best of American singers and songwriters, will present its 17th season beginning in January 2016. The gala raised $1.6 million, as announced by Katherine Farley, chair of Lincoln Center. The event, attended by more than 300 guests, lauded Mr. Ford for his steadfast dedication to supporting the arts as well as his commitment to improving the city of New York.


“Harold Ford, Jr. is known for his civic commitment, generosity, and arts advocacy,” said Jed Bernstein, President of Lincoln Center. “His ten years in Congress were distinguished by his work to improve our education system as well as his advocacy for working people and small businesses. We are honored to have him with us at Lincoln Center, working towards our common goal of great art for all.”


The evening began with a cocktail reception in the Morgan Stanley Lobby of Alice Tully Hall, followed by dinner.  Inside the theater, on the Adrienne Arsht Stage, Ford was presented with his award, a Movado watch, donated by fellow Lincoln Center Trustee Efraim Grinberg. Guests were then treated to a performance by nine-time Grammy winner, singer-songwriter John Legend.  In the past year, Legend’s song “All of Me” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart,  and he won an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Critic’s Choice Award for the song “Glory,” that he wrote and performed, with Common, for the film Selma.


Following Legend’s concert there was an onstage conversation between Legend and NBC Today Show co-host Willie Geist.  Geist also is a co-host of Morning Joe on MSNBC, as well as a contributor to Meet the Press, NBC’s Nightly News, and the NBC Sports Group.


The décor for the American Songbook Gala was by Van Wyck & Van Wyck, and the catering was by Restaurant Associates.


American Songbook is sponsored by Prudential Investment Management.

Major support is provided by Amy and Joseph Perella.


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MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center.


Movado is a Supporter of Lincoln Center.


United Airlines is a Supporter of Lincoln Center.


WABC-TV is a Supporter of Lincoln Center.


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 15 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants, Free Thursdays at the David Rubenstein Atrium, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Martin E. Segal Awards, Meet the Artist, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, and the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS.  As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations. In addition, LCPA led a $1.2 billion campus renovation, completed in October 2012.




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