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January 12, 2016

Vanessa Williams; Rhiannon Giddens; Terri Lyne Carrington with Valerie Simpson and Oleta Adams; and More To Perform In Lincoln Center’s American Songbook 2016 Season

American Songbook

Contact: Marian Skokan


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NEW YORK, NY (January 12, 2016) – As part of its 17th season, Lincoln Center’s acclaimed series American Songbook will feature top performers and rising stars of musical theater, pop, jazz, folk, soul, and R&B in The Appel Room and the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse this January through March. The Appel Room series opens with the versatile Vanessa Williams on January 20, singing everything from show tunes to her chart-topping hits. Broadway’s Jerry Dixon takes the stage on February 6 with his husband Mario Cantone. On February 24, Rhiannon Giddens is joined by Leyla McCalla and Bhi Bhiman for Swimming in Dark Waters—Other Voices of the American Experience, an exploration of music of protest, subversion, and cultural resistance; and, on February 27, Terri Lyne Carrington’s The Mosaic Project: Love & Soul feature the legendary Valerie Simpson and pianist Oleta Adams in an expansive, all-female collaboration that illuminates the cross-pollination of American music.


In the intimate Kaplan Penthouse on March 18 is the veteran Broadway family The Cooper Clan, with Tony Award-winner Chuck Cooper and his talented children Lilli, Eddie, and Alex. On March 31, composer/vocalist Imani Uzuri, who recently released her breakthrough album The Gypsy Diaries, will perform her powerful, transformative songs.


Tickets may be purchased online at, via CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, at the Alice Tully Hall and David Geffen Hall Box Offices, or at the Frederick P. Rose Hall Box Office. Premium packages—including wine, dinner, and the best seats in the house—are available.


American Songbook in The Appel Room

Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street


Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 8:30 pm Vanessa Williams

One of America’s most versatile performers, Vanessa Williams brings lustrous sophistication to everything from Stevie Wonder to Sondheim, Kander and Ebb to “Colors of the Wind.” Her three-decade career expanded from chart-topping pop artist to critically acclaimed Broadway performer with her 1994 debut in Kiss of the Spider Woman, followed by a Tony-nominated performance in the 2002 revival of Into the Woods. She has sold over 7 million records worldwide and starred in last season’s impressive concert version of Show Boat with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, which aired on PBS on Live From Lincoln Center in October.

Tickets start at $55


Saturday, February 6, 2016, 8:30 pm Jerry Dixon & Mario Cantone

The last time actor, songwriter, and director Jerry Dixon (If/Then, Once on This Island, tick, tick…BOOM!) and comic/actor Mario Cantone (Sex in the City, Assassins) teamed up, they created Laugh Whore, Cantone’s wickedly entertaining and Tony-nominated one-man show-turned-Showtime special. Now, one of the New York theater world’s favorite married couples comes together on stage in the intimate confines of The Appel Room for a delicious evening of stories, songs, and laughs.

Tickets start at $55


Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 8:30 pm Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, and Bhi Bhiman:

Swimming in Dark Waters—Other Voices of the American Experience

Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops) rocketed to the forefront of the folk scene with her crackling performance of Odetta’s “Waterboy” at the all-star Inside Llewyn Davis concert at Town Hall in 2013. In Swimming in Dark Waters, Giddens joins forces with Bhi Bhiman, a St. Louis-born folk musician of Sri Lankan heritage, and Leyla McCalla, a New York-born, Louisiana-trained cellist and singer of Haitian heritage. Together, the trio will explore America’s long, yet too often overlooked, history of protest, subversion, and cultural resistance by musicians of color, from original inhabitants to recently arrived immigrants.

Tickets start at $35


Saturday, February 27, 2016, 8:30 pm Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project: Love & Soul

featuring Valerie Simpson and Oleta Adams

At this performance, jazz, soul, R&B, and gospel will converge, and standing firmly at the intersection are three towering talents: three-time Grammy winning jazz drummer, band leader, and composer Terri Lyne Carrington; Songwriter Hall of Fame member and singer Valerie Simpson (“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”), and Grammy nominated singer and pianist Oleta Adams. Born out of Carrington’s expansive all-female collaborative vision, The Mosaic Project, this evening of song illuminates the cross-pollination of American music and its endlessly fascinating permutations.

Tickets start at $35


American Songbook in the Penthouse,

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, 165 West 65th Street, 10th Floor


Friday, March 18, 2016, 8:00 pm The Cooper Clan All Together with Chuck, Eddie, Alex, and Lilli Cooper

“All of our voices come from our ancestors,” the Tony Award-winning actor Chuck Cooper once said. “It’s in our DNA.” For one night only, Chuck, renowned for his gorgeous baritone and forceful presence on Broadway for nearly three decades, leads a long-awaited onstage family reunion featuring his equally exceptional children: Lilli (Spring Awakening, Wicked), Eddie (Little Shop of Horrors, Cinemax’s Banshee), and Alex, a multi-talented musician and artist.

Tickets start at $45


Thursday, March 31, 2016, 8:00 pm Imani Uzuri

The composer and vocalist Imani Uzuri has collaborated with an eclectic array of artists including Herbie Hancock, John Legend, Vijay Iyer, and Robert Ashley. Her breakthrough album The Gypsy Diaries, influenced by Sufi and Southern music, was recently released to overwhelming critical praise. Channeling Odetta, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Elizabeth Cotten, Marian Anderson, Vera Hall, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahalia Jackson, and other transformative voices of the past, Uzuri spins a powerful evening of music inspired by black American vernacular traditions, accessed through her own rural North Carolina origins.

Tickets start at $45


Artists and performances subject to change.





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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 who 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 & 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.


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


MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center.


Artist catering provided by Zabar’s and


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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