At the gala, Michael Feinstein, founder of the Great American Songbook Foundation, will be joined by Marilyn Maye, Tony winner Karen Ziemba and 2015 Songbook Youth Ambassadors Lucas DeBard and Madelyn Baillio, as they pay tribute to the honorees.
Conceived as an enduring testament to the Great American Songbook’s artistic contributors, the Hall of Fame honors lyricists, composers and performers. “We intentionally created the Hall of Fame to honor our country’s songwriters and artists,” said Feinstein, who also serves as the Center for the Performing Arts artistic director, in a statement. “Sharing their music and recognizing their contributions ensures that our heritage endures for generations to come.”
Following the ceremony, Chris Mann will perform Songbook standards in a 50-minute concert performance.
All proceeds will benefit the artistic and educational programs of the Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets for the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Gala performance and after party are available now at www.TheCenterPresents.org/Songbook-Celebration. *
In related news, Tony winner Rivera was honored Sept. 17 with the very first Latina Legend Award, presented by 100 Hispanic Women, Inc. at the 19th Annual gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. The Broadway icon was honored for her service representing the Hispanic community.
In her remarks, Rivera said, “Not only here in New York City but throughout the country, Hispanic women are giving new strength and energy to the world economy, whether it be in the arts, medicine, law or Wall Street. We have made vital contributions and will continue to do so. I feel that soon we will become not 100 Hispanic Women but 100 million Hispanic women all doing daring and exceptional things. We are ALL part of the American dream.”