LINCOLN CENTERS AMERICAN SONGBOOK

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					                                                                                        December 22, 2008
                                                                                      Contact: Kate Merlino
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    2009 AMERICAN SONGBOOK KICKS OFF WITH COLE PORTER CELEBRATION
     Rob Fisher’s “Night and Day” features David Hyde Pierce and Victoria Clark on January 14
                          Country songstress Patty Loveless on January 15

       The American Beauty Project: The Music of the Grateful Dead on January 16
Dean & Britta: 13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests on January 17
                                  - Series continues through March 6th-

                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Lincoln Center’s acclaimed
                            series American Songbook celebrating the diversity of
                            American popular song begins its eleventh season on
                            January 14, 2009. Renowned music director and conductor
                            Rob Fisher (left) salutes the music of Cole Porter with his
show, Night and Day. Guest artists David Hyde Pierce (right), Tony winner for Curtains,
and Victoria Clark, Tony winner for The Light in the Piazza, join Fisher for a night of music by the composer
who defines American popular song, Cole Porter. On the next night, there is a sharp turn in genre when one of
country music’s best singers, Patty Loveless (left), performs songs that embrace country’s central theme of
                      love lost/love found. Next up on January 16th is The American Beauty Project: The
                      Music of the Grateful Dead, with some of the best musicians working today playing the
                      music from the Dead’s most important albums. 13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy
                      Warhol’s Screen Tests, Composed by Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips (right) closes
                      out Songbook’s opening week on January 17th with a multimedia event of music set to
                      Warhol’s eerily expressive silent film portraits. American
                      Songbook is presented in the spectacular Allen Room of
Frederick P. Rose Hall. The Allen Room possesses one of New York’s greatest
settings – a stunning vista of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline provides
an evocative backdrop for the performers.


                                            Sponsored by Pfizer.
                  Lincoln Center’s American Songbook 2009 – Week One
                                   January 14 – 17, 2009
                               At the Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall,
                                         Broadway at 60th Street

Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 8:30 pm: Night and Day: ROB FISHER Celebrates Cole Porter with DAVID HYDE
PIERCE and VICTORIA CLARK is a celebration of musical wit, sophistication and class hosted by the former
musical director of the Tony-winning Encores! Series at City Center, Rob Fisher. Joining Fisher are two amazingly
talented Broadway stars: David Hyde Pierce (Tony winner for Curtains, four-time Emmy winner for Frasier), and
Victoria Clark (Tony winner for The Light in the Piazza). Fisher is an acknowledged authority in classic American
musical theater as well as a renowned presence in front of the great orchestras of the world. He conducted the New
York Philharmonic’s concert versions of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd (with Patti LuPone and George Hearn)
and My Fair Lady, and the Grammy-winning cast recording of Chicago. Cole Porter’s indelible songs – with all of
their suave romanticism, witty provocation and purple moods - will pulse under Fisher’s capable hands.

Thursday, January 15, 2009, 8:30 pm: PATTY LOVELESS is the siren of modern country music. A Country Music
Association Female Vocalist and Album of the Year winner, Loveless’ voice was compared early on to Patsy Cline’s,
but while they share a touching sincerity Loveless has a vocal strength uniquely her own. Loveless’ Appalachian alto
is currently being heard on her latest recording, Sleepless Nights, a collection of classic songs from the 1950s, 60s
and 70s that celebrate the many facets of heartache that are at the core of country music.

Friday, January 16, 2009, 8:30 pm: THE AMERICAN BEAUTY PROJECT: The Music of The Grateful Dead No
American band is more iconic than The Grateful Dead. Their aura continues long after the group disbanded in 1995
after thirty years of psychedelic songs and indelible rock anthems. The American Beauty Project takes the Dead’s
most defining albums, Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty, and performs them with new voices and in new
arrangements, bringing out the beauty in the music for those who may never have heard it before (or heard it while
under the influence). The performers include the group Ollabelle, Catherine Russell, Larry Campbell, Teresa
Williams, Jim Lauderdale and a few surprises.

Saturday, January 17, 2009, 8:30 pm: 13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, composed by
DEAN WAREHAM and BRITTA PHILLIPS Commissioned by The Andy Warhol Museum, a pocket of American cool
in Pittsburgh, 13 Most Beautiful . . . is a multimedia performance piece consisting of music composed to accompany
a selection of Andy Warhol’s four-minute, silent film portraits entitled Screen Tests. The films, shot between 1964-
1966 of people both famous and anonymous, will be shown as video projections above the musicians performing on
stage. The songwriters, Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips, were respected figures on the independent music scene
before first collaborating in 1999 in the band Luna, and later performing as Dean & Britta. They have recorded two
albums and have scored several films, including Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale.

PHOTOS ARE AVAILABLE AT: www.LincolnCenter.org/aboutLC/media_home.asp

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. American Songbook also showcases the outstanding interpreters of
popular song.
Artists who have appeared on the American Songbook series include Andy Bey, Betty Buckley, Ann Hampton
Callaway, Calexico, Liz Callaway, Neko Case, Rosanne Cash, Michael Cerveris, Kristin Chenoweth, Peter Cincotti,
Eric Comstock, Victoria Clark, Mos Def, Christine Ebersole, Sutton Foster, Mary Cleere Haran, Darius de Haas, Joe
Henry, Fred Hersch, Jane Krakowski, Judy Kuhn, LaChanze, k.d. lang, Bettye LaVette, Rebecca Luker, Patti
LuPone, Nellie McKay, Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley, Audra McDonald, Lori McKenna, Jane Monheit, Megan
Mullally, Kelli O’Hara, Tonya Pinkins, John Pizzarelli, Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile, Grace Potter and the
Nocturnals, Steve Ross, Stephin Merritt with The Magnetic Fields, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Bernadette Peters, Jimmy
Scott, Patti Smith, Sufjan Stevens, Billy Stritch, Elaine Stritch, The Fountains of Wayne, They Might Be Giants,
Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Deborah Voigt, Lillias White, Dar Williams, 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, Frank
Loesser, Andy Razaf, Richard Rodgers, Arthur Schwartz, Duncan Sheik, Stephen Sondheim, Stew, Billy Strayhorn,
Charles Strouse, Jule Styne, Jimmy Van Heusen, and David Zippel.


Sponsored by Pfizer.

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

Additional corporate support is provided by Merrill Lynch.

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

Lincoln Center is most grateful for Sara and Maury Rosenberg’s commitment to and support of American Songbook
and all the performing arts.

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

Movado is an Official Sponsor of Lincoln Center, Inc.

WNBC/WNJU are Official Broadcast Partners of Lincoln Center, Inc.

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

Nokia is the Official Mobile Equipment Provider of Lincoln Center, Inc.

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 is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. For information, or to
receive a Lincoln Center accessibility guide, call the Department of Programs and Services for People with
Disabilities at (212) 875-5375.
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LINCOLN CENTER PRESENTS AMERICAN SONGBOOK 2009
At The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall
Broadway at 60th Street
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 8:30 pm
Night and Day: Rob Fisher Celebrates Cole Porter with David Hyde Pierce and Victoria Clark
Tickets: $45, 65, 80, 95

Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 8:30 pm
Patty Loveless
Tickets: $35, 50, 60, 75

Friday, January 16, 2009 at 8:30 pm
The American Beauty Project: The Music of The Grateful Dead
Tickets: $35, 50, 60, 75
Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 8:30 pm
13 Most Beautiful . . . Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, Composed by Dean Wareham and Britta
Phillips
Tickets: $35, 50, 60, 75

				
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