Lincoln Center Announces 2020 Season of American Songbook, January 22 – February 29

Highlights lauded singer-songwriters, groundbreaking storytellers, artists pushing the boundaries of the human voice, and creative talents of the screen and stage, including:

  • Singer-songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright in new show Songs That Built Me; Natalie Merchant crafts intimate, acoustic career retrospective
  • Tony Award winning veteran André De Shields and leading man Brandon Victor Dixon in brand new stage shows; Tony Award winner and trailblazer Ali Stroker; and breakout composer-lyricist Joe Iconis premieres new musical numbers
  • Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe performs as drag alter ego, tenor Blythely Oratonio; Experimental choral group Roomful of Teeth
  • Classically trained lyricist, composer, pioneering television writer, and trans activist, Our Lady J debuts new music
  • Legendary Cowboy Junkies play their unique brand of folk-rock off new album All That Reckoning
  • Grammy-winning, multi-talented Puerto Rican–born songwriter iLe
  • Rare East Coast appearance by Hawaiian singer-songwriter Kalani Pe’a
  • Dynamic, bluesy-folk artist Martin Sexton

Lincoln Center’s acclaimed American Songbook series returns for its 21st year, celebrating the expansive scope and intricacy of the popular music canon from January 22 – February 29, 2020. This year’s concert series includes lauded singer-songwriters, groundbreaking composers, storytellers speaking truth to power, experimental vocalists, and multitalented performers whose artistic breadth reflects the far-reaching perspectives and experiences of the essential American Songbook.

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.

Our American Songbook series brings together a superb group of award-winning musicians, composers, and interpreters of song whose artistry speaks to the broad, ever-expanding facets of American song,” said Jane Moss, Ehrenkranz Artistic Director of Lincoln Center. “Each concert offers an intimate experience with some of the most celebrated and up-and-coming performers in genres from Broadway to Bolero to experimental choral work. We invite audiences to join us for artists they may have loved for decades, and to discover new voices that speak to a range of contemporary experience.”

Opening the season, vocalist, songwriter, and composer Rufus Wainwright performs a new show, Songs That Built Me – a concert experience created especially for his American Songbook debut. Delving into his celebrated catalogue, Wainwright performs the songs that have shaped his identity as an artist and previews selections from his forthcoming Spring 2020 album. Natalie Merchant, former lead singer of the folk-rock outfit 10,000 Maniacs, digs through her immense 7-album discography of solo work for a show that highlights the poetic songwriting, socially conscious songs, and outspoken political activism that has influenced a generation of up-and-coming performers. This intimate performance is entirely acoustic and accompanied by her longtime guitarist Erik Della Penna.

Broadway stars ascend onto the Appel Room stage, starting with 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields (Hadestown) with a new original show, Old Dawg; New Tricks; On Valentine’s day, Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple, Hamilton, Showtime’s Power), performs his very first solo concert with his brand of essential, powerful stagecraft; Unstoppable performer Ali Stroker (Oklahoma!, Spring Awakening) performs with the unbridled spirit and powerhouse pop soprano that made her the first actress to be nominated and win a Tony award (2019) while using a wheelchair for mobility; And the prodigiously talented writer and performer Joe Iconis, whose musical Be More Chill took Broadway by storm, brings his trademark mash-up of show-tune cabaret and rock ‘n’ roll for a set of classic tunes and brand new numbers.

The limits of the human voice are tested through the experimental, cutting-edge, and Grammy Award-winning a cappella group Roomful of Teeth. One of the most critically acclaimed mezzo-sopranos of her time, Stephanie Blythe asks what it means to transition to a new role, art form, and voice with her show “Blythely Ever After” a display of her outrageous drag alter ego, tenor Blythely Oratonio. Her bearded persona brings audiences on a unique musical journey through opera classics and rock and pop arias. Hawaiian folk-music has its American Songbook debut with the classically trained tenor Kalani Pe’a in a rare East Coast appearance. Pe’a’s versatile voice tours a range of traditional chants, Hawaiian classics, R&B tracks, and original compositions.

After a pioneering career of music composition in the classical and pop world (Sia, American Ballet Theatre) and becoming the first out trans woman to be hired in a TV writers’ room (Pose, Transparent), Emmy-nominated Our Lady J returns to NYC to debut a new catalogue of electro-pop and gospel infused music that she wrote with her collaborator Justin Tranter, one of the most successful songwriters in pop music today. Performing on the heels of her sophomore album Almadura, the rapidly rising singer-songwriter iLe makes her Lincoln Center debut. Her music simultaneously an ode to Puerto Rico and call for political action, iLe brings a tapestry of songs to the stage that include timeless boleros, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, and protest anthems.

Martin Sexton‘s unpredictable voice and soulful melodies, which seamlessly mix folk, rhythm and blues, jazz, and rock, brought him from his beginnings as a street performer in Boston to prestigious stages all over the world with his musical heroes – Art Garfunkel, Jackson Browne, John Hiatt and more. The famed singer-songwriter’s honest lyrics and vocal prowess find the perfect home in The Appel Room’s intimate setting. The alternative country legends Cowboy Junkies earned a ravenous following for the quiet honesty and vulnerability of their second album The Trinity Sessions. Thirty years later, the band plays an intimate folk-rock set with their new album, All That Reckoning, a deeply personal record that speaks to contemporary society, good and bad.

We are proud to sponsor the 2020 American Songbook series and help bring this incredible array of talent and musical genres to Lincoln Center’s stage,” said Orlando Ashford, president, Holland America Line. “Supporting these performances is a perfect fit for us as we are similarly committed to bringing our cruise guests the most diverse collection of live music experiences at sea, including the exclusive Lincoln Center Stage chamber music performances. We hope that American Songbook inspires everyone who attends, as music – like travel – opens one’s mind in such a meaningful way.

The 21st American Songbook series is one of many programs offered by Lincoln Center that annually activates the campus’s indoor and outdoor spaces across a wide range of the performing arts. Additional presentations include the White Light Festival, Great Performers, Mostly Mozart Festival, Midsummer Night Swing, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, ongoing free performances at the David Rubenstein Atrium, and Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts that reach beyond the iconic campus. Lincoln Center also presents a myriad of education programs and presentations for families throughout the year.

This year’s American Songbook concerts are based in two venues at Lincoln Center. The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, with its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Columbus Circle, hosts cabaret-style performances that include table seating, close proximity to the performers, and an incomparable view of the Manhattan skyline. In addition, the series returns to the warm wood-veneered stage of Alice Tully Hall.

American Songbook 2020 Schedule

Rufus Wainwright: Songs That Built Me, Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:30 pm, Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater, Adrienne Arsht Stage

With his emotionally candid melodies and “genuine originality” (New York Times), Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great vocalists, composers, and songwriters of his generation. As a pop vocalist and songwriter, he has collaborated with musical giants, including Elton John, David Byrne, and Joni Mitchell. His musical output has been wondrously varied and prolific, including a historic re-creation of Judy Garland’s 1961 comeback concert that was performed to sold-out, adoring crowds in New York, Paris, Toronto, Los Angeles and London. His last album was a setting of nine Shakespeare sonnets. For this highly anticipated show in Alice Tully Hall, Wainwright delves into his catalogue, including songs that have shaped him as an artist and may preview tracks from his forthcoming pop album, to be released in Spring of 2020. Through a set list created specially for his American Songbook debut, Rufus will build a singular viewpoint of American song through his unique, unmistakable lens.

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A New Step Forward: Cole Haan Launches Studiøgrand Lifestyle Collection

Cole Haan Raises The Bar For Work, Working Out, And Every Adventure In Between

Cole Haan has announced the launch of StudiøGrand: a most versatile women’s lifestyle collection which features understated, minimalist silhouettes made for women who make the most of every step, from studio to street and beyond.

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Cole Haan STUDIØGRAND – Sara Mearns (Principle Dancer at the New York City Ballet)

The Cole Haan StudiøGrand Collection draws inspiration from kindred spirits and pioneers of movement, like Principal Dancer Sara Mearns of the New York City Ballet whose poised athleticism and street-to-studio schedule demanded a shoe that merges substance with style. Other visionaries that have joined the campaign include Coco Rocha – Model, Owner & Director of NoMad Management, and 27-year-old CEO and Co-Founder of groundbreaking Y7 Studio, Sarah Larson Levey.

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Cole Haan STUDIØGRAND – Coco Rocha (Model, Owner & Director of NoMad Management)

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Cole Haan STUDIØGRAND – Pack & Go Trainer in Marine Blue, Duffle and prAna Yoga Mat

StudiøGrand was born out of a need for style and substance in and out of the studio. We have collaborated with extraordinary women, like Sara Mearns, who demand more out of their feet than anyone, to create a collection for the multi-faceted woman constantly moving between the various studios of her life,” says David Maddocks, Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager of Business Development at Cole Haan.

The StudiøGrand Collection includes an array of functional accessories designed for the active woman, including footwear, outerwear, bags, sunglasses, an umbrella and a yoga mat.

The footwear collection highlights the StudiøGrand Pack & Go Trainer with lightweight GRAND.ØS Energy Foam. In addition, the collection also includes a feminine floral embossed StudiøGrand Sneaker, StudiøGrand Packable Ballet Flat, accompanied with a zipper shoe bag for pack-and-play ease, and a breathable StudiøGrand Knit Trainer. Continue reading

Movado Gears Up For A Dynamic Fall 2015 Season

Introducing New Brand Ambassador Alexandra Daddario And A Re-Launch Of Movado.com

The Movado Group, Inc. (Movado) officially announced today that it has launched a newly designed state-of-the art website, and has named American actress Alexandra Daddario as the newest face of the Swiss watch brand. Miss Daddario joins Movado’s storied team of brand ambassadors – actress Kerry Washington and jazz legend Wynton Marsalis.

Movado Fall 2015 Ad Campaign featuring Alexandra Daddario (PRNewsFoto/Movado Group, Inc.)

Movado Fall 2015 Ad Campaign featuring Alexandra Daddario (PRNewsFoto/Movado Group, Inc.)

We are excited to announce the launch of a new website and introduce our newest brand ambassador, Alexandra Daddario,” said Mary Leach, Chief Marketing Officer, Movado Group. “The new website showcases Movado through a fresh new lens, while Alexandra will enrich and energize our marketing campaign with her multi-faceted talents.

Movado’s newest brand ambassador, Alexandra Daddario will be seen in Movado’s advertising campaign shot by fashion and celebrity photographer Yu Tsai. A rising talent, Daddario’s breakout role on the 2014-Emmy nominated HBO series True Detective drew massive critical and viral media attention and established her as a sought-after actress to cast. She most recently starred in this summer’s epic blockbuster San Andreas – the physically demanding role affirmed Alexandra’s star quality and acting versatility. Upcoming films include The Layover and The Choice.

Gearing up for a dynamic second half of 2015, Movado recently relaunched its digital flagship website Movado.com on Demandware‘s Commerce Cloud solution. With a thoroughly new modern look and feel, the new Movado.com offers a content rich and responsive site with stunning visuals that explore the world of the legendary watch brand from a fresh new perspective. Updated navigation tools and the new ‘Watch Advisor‘ help to smoothly guide customers through a seamless shopping experience. The redesigned site provides a superior solution for robust story-telling, including an exploration of Movado’s rich history and celebrated heritage. Closely aligned with Movado’s strategic vision for growth and expansion over the next decade and beyond, the new website will not only help to elevate the brand, but will also provide an improved and essential part of the consumer journey that is worthy of brand’s tag line ‘Modern Ahead of its Time.’ 

The website relaunch was done in partnership with LiveArea, The PFSWeb Agency, a Demandware LINK Premier Solution Partner.

A brand long identified with Modernism and closely associated with the performing arts, Movado has achieved a proud 134-year history of design excellence and innovation. Movado has been a major supporter of New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Additionally, Movado has supported the Miami International Film Festival, Miami City Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Pacifica, and the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum.

Movado Group, Inc. designs, manufactures, and distributes Movado, EBEL, Concord, Coach, HUGO BOSS, Lacoste, Juicy Couture, Tommy Hilfiger, and Scuderia Ferrari brand watches worldwide.

Movado Sponsors Variety’s 5th Annual Power of Women Luncheon and Celebrates Hollywood’s Most Philanthropic and Inspiring Women

Movado was proud to serve as a premier sponsor of Variety’s 5th annual Power of Women Luncheon held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 4, 2013. Presented by Lifetime, the exclusive event hosted 450 guests, a list comprised of Hollywood insiders who came to celebrate, support and pay tribute to Hollywood’s seven most philanthropic women.

Amy Poehler.  (PRNewsFoto/Movado Group, Inc.)

Amy Poehler. (PRNewsFoto/Movado Group, Inc.)

Since its founding in 1881, Movado has built a proud Swiss heritage of design excellence and innovation. A brand long identified with Modernism and closely associated with the performing arts, Movado has been a major supporter of New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, Movado has supported the Miami International Film Festival, Miami City Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Pacifica, and the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum.

Jennifer Hudson.  (PRNewsFoto/Movado Group, Inc.)

Jennifer Hudson. (PRNewsFoto/Movado Group, Inc.)

This year’s honorees included long-time Movado global ambassador and Emmy Award nominee Kerry Washington (President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities), Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Amy Poehler (Worldwide Orphans Foundation), and Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures, Amy Pascal (Teen Line). A special Go Red For Women Award was given to actress Elizabeth Banks by the American heart Association’s Go Red For Women and the Samsung Galaxy Impact Award was given to Academy-Award winner Jennifer Hudson for her work with the Julian D. King Gift Foundation. Continue reading

SPOTLIGHT ON: CRYSTAL SUMMER SAILINGS DEBUTING TOMORROW’S BRIGHTEST MUSICAL STARS

EUROPEAN ITINERARIES FEATURE MARQUIS PERFORMANCES FROM THE MUSIC CENTER OF LOS ANGELES

Aboard two Northern Europe cruises next summer, CRYSTAL CRUISES‘ guests will have the rare opportunity to enjoy live CRYSTAL-CRUISES-LOGO1performances from some of tomorrow’s brightest stars at the beginning of their professional careers. Continuing its exclusive partnership with the MUSIC CENTER OF LOS ANGELES‘ distinguished SPOTLIGHT PROGRAM, the ultra-luxury line will showcase the talents of the program’s most acclaimed young artists on its 2013 “EMERGING ARTISTS” EXPERIENCES OF DISCOVERY VOYAGES:

CRYSTAL SYMPHONY ICELAND/NORWAY VOYAGE (Reykjavic to London, June 4): Flamenco guitarist TIM CALLOBRE, vocalist GEOFFREY HAHN, and flautist SARAH JOHNSON will perform jazz, blues, and international classics, with Broadway personality KAREN MORROW leading a master class in vocal performance.

— CRYSTAL SERENITY SCANDINAVIA/GERMANY/RUSSIA CRUISE (Copenhagen to Stockholm, June 15): Opera singer SEAN PLUMB, classical pianist TIANPENG YU, and ballet dancers CHARLIE ANDERSON and SHELBY ELSBREE will perform classical and operatic pieces, with ballet mistress FRANCINE KESSLER-LAVAC leading a master class in ballet.

Ballet dancer Charlie Anderson 'warms up' during one of Crystal's Master Classes at Sea, offered during their 'Emerging Artists' theme cruises

Ballet dancer Charlie Anderson ‘warms up’ during one of Crystal’s Master Classes at Sea, offered during their ‘Emerging Artists’ theme cruises

The 11-day, June 4 “Emerging Artists” voyage overnights in REYKJAVIC, then visits HEIMAEY, ICELAND; TORSHAVN, DENMARK; ALESUND, HELLESYLT, BERGEN, EIDFJORD and STAVANGER, NORWAY; and LONDON.  The 10-day, June 15 sailing overnights in Copenhagen on June 15 before calling in BERLIN, GERMANY; HELSINKI, FINLAND; ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA (two overnights); TALLINN, ESTONIA; and STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (overnight).  Through December 28, all-inclusive “Book Now” cruise fares start at $4,565 for 11 days and $4,580 for 10 days, respectively.

In addition to solo and ensemble performances on/in the ships’ stylish stages and expansive atriums, MASTER CLASSES AT SEA will offer behind-the-scenes insight into the discipline required to perform at/with such esteemed institutions as CARNEGIE HALL, JULLIARD, NEW YORK CITY BALLET, and KENNEDY CENTER at such young ages. A new, dedicated, in-stateroom Music Center television channel will also showcase the Music Center’s Spotlight program and the performers’ intensive training.

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Crystal Serenity

Like Crystal, the Music Center has been a preeminent leader in its field for decades, with the highest standard for talent and a reputation for excellence,” says CHRISTOPHER ESCAMILLA, CRYSTAL’S MANAGER, PRODUCTION OPERATIONS AND ENTERTAINMENT INTEGRATION. “When you consider the extraordinary stages these young artists have performed upon already, and the growing success sure to come in their futures, we’re thrilled to have them playing exclusively for Crystal guests during even a few short weeks en route to the top.”

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.