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Saturday Evening, February 5, 2011, at 8:30 and 10:30




Anika Noni Rose

Eugene Gwozdz, Music Director and Piano
Raul Agraz, Trumpet
Chris Reza, Woodwinds
Jim Donica, Bass
Larry Lelli, Drums
Clinn Rippy, Percussion




This evening’s program is approximately 75 minutes long and will be performed
without intermission.


Major support for Lincoln Center’s 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.
This performance is made possible in part by the Josie Robertson Fund for Lincoln Center.

Steinway Piano                                     Please make certain your cellular phone,
                                                   pager, or watch alarm is switched off.
The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall
Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center
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Additional support for Lincoln Center’s American          Upcoming American Songbook Events in
Songbook is provided by The DuBose and Dorothy            The Allen Room:
Heyward Memorial Fund, The Blanche and Irving
Laurie Foundation, The Shubert Foundation,                Tuesday Evening, February 15, at 8:30
Logicworks, Jill and Irwin Cohen, The G & A               Barbara Cook (limited availability)
Foundation, Inc., Great Performers Circle,
                                                          Wednesday Evening, February 16, at 8:30
Chairman’s Council, and Friends of Lincoln Center.
                                                          Stephanie Blythe: We’ll Meet Again—
                                                          The Songs of Kate Smith
Public support is provided by the New York State
Council on the Arts.                                      Thursday Evening, February 17, at 8:30
                                                          Alexi Murdoch (limited availability)
Artist hospitality is provided by Zabar’s and
Zabars.com.                                               Friday Evening, February 18, at 8:30 and 10:30
                                                          Raúl Esparza (limited availability)
Movado is an Official Sponsor of Lincoln Center, Inc.
                                                          Saturday Evening, February 19, at 8:30
United Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln        Kate Baldwin
Center, Inc.
                                                          Sunday Evening, February 20, at 6:30
First Republic Bank is the Official Sponsor of the        Herb Alpert and Lani Hall (limited availability)
Fashion Lincoln Center Online Experience.
                                                          The Allen Room is located in Frederick P. Rose Hall,
MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center, Inc.   Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

                                                          For tickets, call CENTERCHARGE at (212) 721-6500
                                                          or visit AmericanSongbook.org. Call the Lincoln
                                                          Center Info Request Line at (212) 875-5766 or visit
                                                          AmericanSongbook.org to learn about the complete
                                                          American Songbook season. The web site also
                                                          lists any program changes.




We would like to remind you that the sound of coughing and rustling paper might distract the
performers and your fellow audience members.
In consideration of the performing artists and members of the audience, those who must leave
before the end of the performance are asked to do so between pieces, not during the performance.
The taking of photographs and the use of recording equipment are not allowed in the building.
             Lincoln Center


             Meet the Artists
                                                              Colored Girls, the film adaptation of
                                                              Ntozake Shange’s stage play.

                                                              Ms. Rose has sung all over the world,
EMILY SHUR




                                                              including performing at the 79th Annual
                                                              Academy Awards, the Vatican, and Carnegie
                                  Anika Noni Rose             Hall. She recently received an honorary
             Currently, Anika Noni Rose can be seen as        doctorate from Florida Agricultural and
             Wendy Scott-Carr on The Good Wife for            Mechanical University. She is making her
             CBS. She was recently heard as the voice         New York solo cabaret debut this evening.
             of Princess Tiana in Disney’s The Princess
             and the Frog, which received three Oscar         Eugene Gwozdz
             nominations, including Best Animated
                                                              Eugene Gwozdz (music director and
             Feature and two Best Songs.
                                                              pianist), originally from Fort Worth, Texas,
                                                              now based in New York City, is a Broadway
             A Tony Award winner, Ms. Rose trained at
                                                              music director, pianist, and arranger of con-
             San Francisco’s American Conservatory
                                                              siderable acclaim. Most recently he fin-
             Theater. Shortly after moving to New York,
                                                              ished orchestrating and arranging music for
             she appeared on Broadway in Footloose.
                                                              the revival of It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s
             She later garnered an Obie Award with Off-
                                                              Superman, and is currently cowriting a new
             Broadway’s Laura Nyro retrospective, Eli’s
                                                              musical, Morgan Street, with Anika Noni
             Comin’, and Tony, Lucille Lortel, Theater
                                                              Rose and Jeremy Alan Richards. He also
             World, and Clarence Derwent awards and
                                                              was music director/pianist/arranger for the
             a Drama Desk nomination for Caroline, or
                                                              hit show Thrill Me at the York Theatre,
             Change. She went with the play to the
                                                              which earned two Drama Desk and Outer
             West Coast, where she won both a Los
                                                              Critics’ Circle nominations. On Broadway,
             Angeles Critics’ Circle Award and an
                                                              Mr. Gwozdz has played keyboards for The
             Ovation Award.
                                                              Full Monty and Oklahoma! He is the music
                                                              director and pianist for Anika Noni Rose, as
             Her next stop was the big screen, playing
                                                              well as for Tony Award−winners Donna
             Lorrell Robinson in Bill Condon’s
                                                              McKechnie and Cady Huffman. He has
             Dreamgirls. The movie received an
                                                              worked with many Broadway stars, includ-
             American Film Institute Ensemble Award
                                                              ing Chita Rivera, Leslie Uggams, Shirley
             and was nominated for a SAG Award. Ms.
                                                              Jones, Betty Buckley, Sutton and Hunter
             Rose received a nomination for an NAACP
                                                              Foster, Kristin Chenowith, John Tartaglia,
             Award. From there she segued into televi-
                                                              Laura Benanti, Kelli O’Hara, and Laura Bell
             sion, making her first trip to Africa with The
                                                              Bundy. He has also performed with record-
             No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Shot
                                                              ing stars LeAnn Rimes, Jessica Simpson,
             entirely on location in Botswana, it was
                                                              George Strait, and Johnny Cash.
             director Anthony Minghella’s last project
             and aired on both HBO and the BBC,
             receiving the Peabody Award this year.           Raul Agraz
             And then it was back to Broadway, where          Raul Agraz (trumpet) was the lead
             she starred as Maggie in Deborah Allen’s         trumpet player for the four-time Tony
             acclaimed production of Cat on a Hot Tin         Award−winning musical In the Heights,
             Roof. Last fall she portrayed Yasmine in For     which also won a Grammy Award for Best
Lincoln Center


Orchestration. He also played for the            Jim Donica
national tour of Movin’ Out, the Billy Joel
                                                 Los Angeles–born and New York–based
musical, and is currently playing lead trum-
                                                 jazz bassist Jim Donica has been playing
pet in the new Broadway musical The Book
                                                 professionally on the American and interna-
of Mormon. Throughout his career Mr.
                                                 tional music scenes for over 20 years. He
Agraz had the opportunity to perform as a
                                                 has worked extensively with some of the
lead trumpet player in a variety of styles,
                                                 world’s finest musical artists, including
including jazz, rock, R&B, Latin, and classi-
                                                 Maynard Ferguson, Joe Strummer, Ron
cal. Recently he was invited to record the
                                                 Affif, Chita Rivera, and the David Becker
new theme for the Super Bowl with the
                                                 Tribune. His performance credits include
New York Philhar-monic. During the span of
                                                 Lincoln Center with Chita Rivera, Milton
his 30-year career, he has had the fortune
                                                 Keynes Bowl (London) with Joe Strummer,
to share the stage and recording studio
                                                 and the Latino Rockabilly War. Off-
with various artists, including Frankie Valli,
                                                 Broadway he has performed with Avenue
Vanessa Williams, Tito Puente, Natalie
                                                 Q, and on Broadway he has performed
Cole, Vikki Carr, Lincoln Center Jazz
                                                 with Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life and
Orchestra, Birdland Big Band, Lucecita
                                                 the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, as
Benitez, Glenn Monroig, Tom Jones,
                                                 well as at the Birdland Jazz Club with his
Jennifer Lopez, Mark Antony, Paquito
                                                 own Urban Survival. Mr. Donica has
D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, and Billy Joel.
                                                 recorded with and coled the modern jazz
For more information visit raulagraz.com.
                                                 group Urban Survival for the last 15 years
                                                 and led his own groups with two different
Chris Reza
                                                 recordings, Stepping Up (2006) and A
A woodwind specialist, composer, and             Heroic Plan (2008) on the Apria jazz label.
educator from the Dallas area, Chris Reza
plays 15 different woodwinds, including
flutes, single and double reeds. Whether
                                                 Larry Lelli
playing jazz, classical, musical theater, big    Larry Lelli is one of the top-call freelance
band, blues, rock, funk, or Latin, Mr. Reza      drummers in New York City, and a veteran
is comfortable with any musical style or         Broadway drummer and conductor of over
form. Recent work includes performing            30 Broadway shows, including Assassins,
with Maureen McGovern, the Grammy-               Jekyll & Hyde, and the 12-time Tony
nominated One O’Clock Lab Band, Plano            Award−winning hit The Producers. He is
Symphony Orchestra, and Lone Star Wind           currently performing as drummer and actor
Orchestra, among numerous other ensem-           at the Nederlander Theatre in the smash-hit
bles, and pit work for 12 musicals in the        rockabilly show Million Dollar Quartet. His
past four years. In addition to touring the      eclectic resume includes recordings
Midwest and East Coast, Mr. Reza is the          and performances with Grammy-winner
executive board vice president for the non-      Melissa Etheridge, pop star Vanessa
profit organization North Texas Music            Williams, Benny Andersson and Björn
Alumni. With degrees in performance for          Ulvaeus (ABBA), Heather Headley, The
both jazz studies and multiple woodwinds         Mamas and the Papas, Darlene Love,
from the University of North Texas, he is        Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Doug Stone,
now in the jazz composition master’s             Larry Gatlin, Pinkard & Bowden, Geoff
degree program at the Manhattan School           Keezer, Suffrajett, and the Cedar Avenue
of Music, studying with composer and             Big Band. Mr. Lelli is a contributing author
pianist Jim McNeely. For more information,       for Modern Drummer magazine and holds
visit www.chrisreza.com.                         a degree in music performance and
Lincoln Center

conducting from the University of             styles and genres from the form’s early
Wisconsin–Eau Claire. He is a proud           roots in Tin Pan Alley and Broadway, to the
member of the American Federation of          eclecticism of today’s singer-songwriters.
Musicians and Actors’ Equity Association.     American Songbook also showcases the
For more information, visit larrylelli.com.   outstanding interpreters of popular song,
                                              including established concert, cabaret,
Clinn Rippy                                   theater, and songwriter performers, as well
Clinn Rippy has been recognized since         as the next generation of talented
childhood as an extraordinary musician.       performers. American Songbook presenta-
Originally from Texas, his career has taken   tions include major concert programs in
him around the world playing drums and        venues around Lincoln Center.
harmonica with some of the biggest names
in music, film, and art nouveau. His most     Lincoln Center for the
notable musical and artistic endeavors        Performing Arts
include his recordings Cymbalic, Sticks,      Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
and Stones, and Under the Surface. He is      (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presen-
also celebrated for his highly acclaimed,     ter of artistic programming, national leader
two-year run in his performance art show      in arts and education and community
that changed New York and influenced per-     relations, and manager of the Lincoln
formance art around the world. He has         Center campus. As a presenter of more
been seen this year touring with Pat Green,   than 400 events annually, LCPA’s series
Jack Ingram, Bryan White, and Pam Tillis,     include American Songbook, Great Perfor-
to name a few, and is making special          mers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln
appearances with Anika Noni Rose, Janis       Center Out of Doors, and Midsummer
Ian, David Wilcox, and many others.           Night Swing, as well as the Mostly Mozart,
Currently, a documentary is being made        White Light, and Tully Scope festivals. The
about his life. For more information visit    Emmy Award–winning Live From Lincoln
whoisclinnrippy.com.                          Center extends Lincoln Center’s reach to
                                              millions of Americans nationwide. As a
American Songbook                             leader in arts and education and commu-
In 1998, Lincoln Center launched American     nity relations, LCPA takes a wide range of
Songbook, dedicated to the extraordinary      activities beyond its halls through the
achievements of the popular American          Lincoln Center Institute, as well as offering
songwriter. Designed to highlight and         arts-related symposia, family programming,
affirm the creative mastery of America’s      and accessibility. And as manager of the
popular songwriters from their emergence      Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides sup-
at the turn of the 19th century up through    port and services for the Lincoln Center com-
the present, American Songbook spans all      plex and its 11 other resident organizations.
Lincoln Center


Lincoln Center Programming Department
Jane Moss, Vice President, Programming
Hanako Yamaguchi, Director, Music Programming
Jon Nakagawa, Director, Contemporary Programming
Lisa Takemoto, Production Manager
Bill Bragin, Director, Public Programming
Kate Monaghan, Associate Director, Programming
Charles Cermele, Producer, Contemporary Programming
Jill Sternheimer, Associate Producer, Public Programming
Mauricio Lomelin, Associate Producer, Contemporary Programming
Yukiko Shishikura, Production Coordinator
Ann Crews Melton, House Program Coordinator
Sheya Meierdierks-Lehman, House Program Coordinator
Julia Lin, Programming Associate
Regina Grande, Programming Associate

For American Songbook
Matt Berman, Lighting Design
Scott Stauffer, Sound Design
Jessica Barrios, Wardrobe Assistant

				
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