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December 22, 2015

Lincoln Center’s American Songbook 2016 Season to Open with Free Concert by Ryan Scott Oliver in David Rubenstein Atrium on January 19

American Songbook

Press Contact: Marian Skokan


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Oliver Voted Winner of “Invest in the Future of American Song” Contest


NEW YORK, NY (December 22, 2015) — The 2016 season of Lincoln Center’s acclaimed American Songbook series will open on Tuesday, January 19 at 7:30 pm with a free concert by composer lyricist Ryan Scott Oliver in the David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway bet. 62nd & 63rd Sts.). Oliver received the most votes in the “Invest in the Future of American Song” online contest, developed through a partnership between Prudential Investment Management and Lincoln Center.


For the third year, through Prudential Investment Management’s Invest in the Future of American Song,” members of the public had the opportunity to select the artist to open the Songbook season with a free concert at the Atrium on January 19. The public chose from among three candidates nominated by Lincoln Center: Ryan Scott Oliver, Rana Santacruz, and Rick Barry. Voting began in November, and the winner was selected on December 14.


“We are proud to partner with Lincoln Center to expand the vibrant legacy of American Songbook and employ innovative approaches to promote promising new talent,” said David Hunt, President and CEO of Prudential Investment Management.  American Songbook celebrates a blend of legendary performers and emerging talent such as the artists profiled through Invest in the Future of American Song.”


Entertainment Weekly called Ryan Scott Oliver “the future of Broadway…a major new voice in musical theatre.” The Larson Grant Award?winning composer’s work has been presented at the Kennedy Center and Joe’s Pub, among other notable venues.  Oliver created the music and lyrics for Jasper in Deadland premiered Off-Broadway and remounted at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre); 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (licensed by Samuel French, with original cast recording on Ghostlight Records); Darling, Mrs. Sharp, Out of My Head (licensed through Steele Spring Stage Rights) as well as the commission We Foxes (Broadway Across America). Additional career highlights include a commission for Disney Theatricals, projects for Rosie O’Donnell’s Theater Kids and Theatreworks USA’s We the People. Oliver is the Director of New Musicals at Pace University in New York City and the Artistic Director of the Pasadena Musical Theatre Program. He is currently at work on the new musical Rope, a commission for Grove Entertainment. Visit and follow him on Twitter @ryanscottoliver.


American Songbook continues with performances in The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center from January 20 through February 27, followed by American Songbook in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse from March 16 through April 1.  For a chronological listing of performances click here.


TICKETS to these performances can be purchased at, via CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall, David Geffen Hall, or Frederick P. Rose Hall Box Office.


Since its launch 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. For a list of artists that have performed in American Songbook over the years, as well as the composers that have been honored by evenings of their music, please click here:


Lead Support for American Songbook provided by PGIM.


Major support for American Songbook is provided by Amy and Joseph Perella.


Endowment support provided by Bank of America.


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


Major support for the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center is provided by Alice and David Rubenstein.  Generous endowment support is provided by Stavros Niarchos Foundation and Oak Foundation.


Major support for Artists at the Atrium Saturdays is provided by Betty and John Levin.


Endowment support is provided by the Walt Disney Company.


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


Artist catering provided by Zabar’s and


MetLife is the National Sponsor 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, community, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 14 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Artist Program, Boro-Linc, Great Performers, LC Kids, LC Local,  Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, Martin E. Segal Awards, Mostly Mozart Festival, and the White Light Festival, as well as 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 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. For more information:


About PGIM

PGIM is the global investment management business of Prudential Financial with $947 billion in assets as of September 30, 2015, and ranks among the world’s largest asset managers. Its businesses offer a range of investment solutions for institutional and retail investors around the world across asset classes, including fundamental equity, quantitative equity, public fixed income, private fixed income, real estate, and commercial mortgages.  PGIM has offices in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America. For more information, please visit







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