John Bucchino, whose works have been recorded by Patti LuPone, Barbara Cook and Michael Feinstein, kicks off the series, which is set for 7 PM. According to a statement, the series will "explore and celebrate the talents of the composers, lyricists and songwriters within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community." The series, focusing on Broadway and cabaret composers, will be held in the Center's new cabaret space; Bucchino will be featured at the piano where he and several surprise guests will interpret his songs. A recipient of the 1997 Johnny Mercer Songwriter Award, the 1998 Songwriters' Fellowship Award, the 1998 ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, the 2000 Second Stage Constance Klinsky Award, The Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Commendation Award and, in 2001, The Jonathan Larson and Kleban awards, John Bucchino has written songs for the musicals The Artist at 40, Urban Myths, 3hree and Lavender Girl as well as the animated film "Joseph, King of Dreams." His CDs include "Grateful, The Songs of John Bucchino" and "Solitude Lessons."
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center is located in Manhattan at 208 West 13th Street. There is a $6 charge for members, $10 for non-members. Call (212) 620-7310 for more information or visit www.gaycenter.org/program_folders/queersongbook/program_view.