American Songbook Series Boasts Barbara Cook, Anika Noni Rose, Raúl Esparza, Kate Baldwin

News   American Songbook Series Boasts Barbara Cook, Anika Noni Rose, Raúl Esparza, Kate Baldwin
Tony Award winners Barbara Cook and Anika Noni Rose, and Tony Award nominees Raúl Esparza and Kate Baldwin, will perform solo concerts as part of the 2011 American Songbook series at the Allen Room in Manhattan.

Raul Esparza
Raul Esparza

Lincoln Center presents the 16-concert series, which will run Jan. 12-Feb. 20, 2011. In addition to solo evenings from acclaimed Broadway performers, the American Songbook series will offer concerts from Joan Osborne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, mezzo soprano Stephanie Blythe and an evening dedicated to the music of George and Ira Gershwin.

The series will launch Jan. 12, 2011, with Broadway veteran Barbara Cook. The acclaimed soprano, whose stage career has ranged from The Music Man and Candide to Follies and the recent Sondheim on Sondheim, will take to the stage at 8:30 PM.

The indie-folk bank The Low Anthem, incorporating instruments such as a World War I-era pump organ and the crotales, will perform Jan. 13, 2011, at 8:30 PM.

Theatre composer and arranger Lance Horne will offer First Things Last Jan. 14, 2011, at 8:30 and 10:30 PM. The evening will feature special guest performances by Alan Cumming and Cheyenne Jackson.

Five-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter will offer a concert of her music Jan. 15, 2011, at 8:30 PM. Encores! music director and conductor Rob Fisher will lead Fascinatin' Rhythm: Rob Fisher Celebrates the Gershwins Jan. 26, 2011, at 8:30 PM. A host of Broadway performers will take part in the concert that will celebrate the music of the iconic American songwriters.

Indie vocalist Shara Worden and her group My Brightest Diamond will perform Jan. 27, 2011, at 8:30 PM; musician John Doe will offer Americana Jan. 28, 2011, at 8:30 PM; the Appalachian music troupe the Carolina Chocolate Drops are scheduled to perform Feb. 2, 2011, at 8:30 PM; and Brazilian pop singer Bebel Gilberto will deliver an evening of bossa nova and electric pop Feb. 3, 2011, at 8:30 PM.

Eight-time Grammy Award nominee Joan Osborne will perform her song cycle Love and Hate Feb. 4, 2011, at 8:30 PM. The work, which combines music, dance and film, was co-written with Jack Petruzzelli.

Caroline, or Change and "Dreamgirls" star Anika Noni Rose will take to the stage of the Allen Room in her New York solo debut Feb. 5, 2011, at 8:30 PM and 10:30 PM.

Mezzo soprano Stephanie Blythe will offer We'll Meet Again – The Songs of Kate Smith Feb. 16, 2011, at 8:30 PM. Folk rock singer-songwriter Alexi Murdoch will perform Feb. 17, 2011, at 8:30 PM.

Four-time Tony Award nominee Raúl Esparza will celebrate his Cuban-American heritage in a concert that blends theatre music, rumba, pop and jazz Feb. 18, 2011, at 8:30 PM and 10:30 PM.

Finian's Rainbow Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin will perform the music of Yip Harburg, Burton Lane, Stephen Sondheim and Sheldon Harnick in her solo evening of song Feb. 19, 2011, at 8:30 PM.

Concluding the series Feb. 20, 2011, will be trumpeter Herb Alpert and his wife Lani Hall. The 6:30 PM concert will highlight Brazilian and American jazz and American popular standards.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Nov. 1. Visit AmericanSongbook, or phone (212) 721-6500.

Tickets are also available at the Frederick P. Rose Hall box office, which is located at Broadway at 60th Street.

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