Lincoln Center Announces February Events: AMERICAN SONGBOOK SERIES, Target Free Thursdays and More

Thursday, February 7 at 8:30 pm
BONNIE "PRINCE" BILLY
American Songbook in The Allen Room
The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall (Broadway at 60th Street)
The thoughtful Americana/roots/indie rock artist-also known as Will Oldham-brings his incredible songwriting and vocal talents to the Songbook series in this rare appearance.
Tickets (limited availability) from $35-$250 at www.AmericanSongbook.org; CenterCharge, 212-721-6500 and at the Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall Box Offices (Broadway at 65th Street) and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office (Broadway at 60th Street).

Saturday, February 9 at 8:30 pm
Stephanie Blythe: WE'LL MEET AGAIN-THE SONGS OF Kate Smith
American Songbook in The Allen Room
The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall (Broadway at 60th St.)
Stephanie Blythe's captivating mezzo-soprano voice has enthralled audiences in major opera houses around the world, including her appearance in the Ring cycle at the Metropolitan Opera this season. She returns to Songbook with a personal tribute to the American popular music icon Kate Smith.
Tickets (limited availability) from $50-$275 at www.AmericanSongbook.org; CenterCharge, 212-721-6500 and at the Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall Box Offices (Broadway at 65th Street) and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office (Broadway at 60th Street).

Wednesday, February 13 at 8:30 pm

SONDRE LERCHE

American Songbook in The Allen Room

The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall (Broadway at 60th Street)
The New York Times described Lerche as "...an alluring and slyly young outré singer/songwriter." His songs are an intriguing blend of jazzy folk and punchy pop with an engaging melodic instinct, refined arrangements, and vivid lyricism.

Tickets, from $30-$225 are available at www.AmericanSongbook.org; by calling CenterCharge, 212-721-6500 and at the Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall Box Offices (Broadway at 65th Street) and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office (Broadway at 60th Street).

Thursday, February 14 at 8:30 pm

Mavis Staples

American Songbook in The Allen Room

The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall (Broadway at 60th Street)
Celebrate Valentine's Day with the recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award: Mavis Staples, the woman hailed as one of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time" by Rolling Stone and the 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll by VH1. The legendary gospel, soul, and R&B singer, who defined those genres for decades with her family band, The Staple Singers, also sang at the inaugurations of presidents Kennedy, Carter, and Clinton. She continues to dazzle.
Tickets (limited availability) from $35-$250 at www.AmericanSongbook.org; CenterCharge, 212-721-6500 and at the Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall Box Offices (Broadway at 65th Street) and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office (Broadway at 60th Street).

Friday, February 15 at 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm
Kristin Chenoweth
American Songbook in The Allen Room
The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall (Broadway at 60th Street)
This huge talent from the small town of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, has made her mark on Broadway, in television, and in film. She's the winner of a Tony Award (Charlie Brown), an Emmy Award (Pushing Daisies), and one of only three musical theater singers to perform a solo concert at the Metropolitan Opera.
Tickets, from $50-$275 are available at www.AmericanSongbook.org; by calling CenterCharge, 212-721-6500 and at the Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall Box Offices (Broadway at 65th Street) and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office (Broadway at 60th Street).

Saturday, February 16 at 8:30 pm
TOM MORELLO: THE NIGHTWATCHMAN
American Songbook in The Allen Room
The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall (Broadway at 60th Street)
The lead guitarist of Rage Against the Machine is also known as The Nightwatchman, a modern-day troubadour and musical activist who uses his voice and solo acoustic guitar to stand up for a better world.
Tickets (limited availability, both shows) from $30-$225 at www.AmericanSongbook.org; CenterCharge, 212-721-6500 and at the Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall Box Offices (Broadway at 65th Street) and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office (Broadway at 60th Street).

Thursday, February 21 at 7:30 pm
Target Free Thursdays - Double Bill
POLESYE PROJECT
SHOFAR TRIO
Presented in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute in New York
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (Broadway between 62nd & 63rd Street)
Singer, accordionist, musicologist and Warsaw-native Olga Mieleszczuk's (Polesye Project) special focus is music of the Ashkenazi Jewish tradition of Eastern Europe, especially the border areas of Poland (Galitzia, Polesye). A classically-trained musician, who divides her time between Warsaw and Tel Aviv, she has studied and performed wide-ranging genres from Hassidic music, to Yiddish songs, to folk music from the Jewish, Slavic and Balkan traditions. Her recording, Jewish Folksongs From the Shtetl, drawn from works of Mariam Nirenberg, a Jewish singer from Polesye who emigrated to Canada in 1932, was released earlier this year.

Shofar Trio-guitarist Raphael Roginski, saxophonist and bass clarinet player Mikolaj Trzaska and drummer Macio Moretti (who performed at Target Free Thursdays for the 2012 Unsound Festival as half of LXMP)-formed in 2006, joins traditional Jewish music with contemporary avant-jazz and rock. The Poland-based band released its debut album album in 2007-works based on the first compendium of Hassidic melodies from the Ukraine, Poland and Moldova compiled by early 20th-century Sovient musicologist Moshe Beregovsky. Over the past five years, the group has performed throughout Europe. The concert will feature the trio's innovative interpretations of nigunim, or religious songs (meant to induce a state of religious ecstasy), more dancelike freylakhs, and Jewish liturgical music.
FREE Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including program updates, visit LincolnCenter.org/Atrium

Sunday, February 24, 11 am

TIMOTHY ANDRES, piano

Great Performers

Walter Reade Theater (165 W. 65th Street)

Timothy Andres is a composer and pianist based in New York in his 20's who has already captured the attention of critics and audiences. He counts Brahms, Ligeti, Ives and John Adams, as well as Brian Eno, Sigur Rós and Radiohead as influences. His work has been commissioned and performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by John Adams; Carnegie Hall for Ensemble ACJW; singer/songwriter Gabriel Kahane; and the Metropolis Ensemble. His debut recording, Shy and Mighty with pianist David Kaplan, was released by Nonesuch in 2010. He has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, BMI, and ASCAP, as well as grants from Meet the Composer and the American Music Center. Take advantage of an opportunity to mix and mingle with the artist after this hour-long Sunday Morning Coffee Concert.

Andres: At the River

Schumann: Waldscenen, Op. 82

Adès: Mazurkas

Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasy in A-flat major, Op. 61

Tickets, Priced at $22, are available online at LCGreatPerformers.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, or at the Avery Fisher or Alice Tully Hall box offices, Broadway and 65th Street.

Monday, February 25, 7:30 pm

WHAT MAKES IT GREAT?

ROB KAPILOW, commentator

ILYA YAKUSHEV, piano

Walter Reade Theater (165 W. 65th Street)
Composer, conductor, and commentator Rob Kapilow teams up with the exciting young Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev to show how, in Chopin's mind and hands, mazurkas, nocturnes, and polonaises for piano are elevated to the sublime.
All-Chopin program
Mazurka in B-flat major, Op. 7, No. 1
Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17, No. 4
Nocturne in B major, Op. 62, No. 1
Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53
Tickets, priced at $45, are available online at LCGreatPerformers.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, or at the Avery Fisher or Alice Tully Hall box offices, Broadway and 65th Street.

Wednesday, February 27, 7:30 pm
Joshua Bell, violin
Sam Haywood, piano
Great Performers
Alice Tully Hall (Broadway at 65th Street)
Avery Fisher Career Grant winner and favorite Lincoln Center artist Joshua Bell returns to Alice Tully Hall for an intimate recital of works by Schubert, Strauss and Prokofiev.
Schubert: Sonatina in A minor, D.385
Strauss: Violin Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 18
Prokofiev: Violin Sonata in D major, Op. 94bis
Tickets, $50-$125, are available online at LCGreatPerformers.org, by calling at 212-721-6500, or at the Avery Fisher or Alice Tully Hall box offices, Broadway and 65th Street.

Wednesday, February 27, 8:30 pm
Kathy Mattea
American Songbook in The Allen Room
The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall (Broadway at 60th St.)
Twice named Female Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association, Kathy Mattea is among the most successful women in the genre's history. The Grammy winner shares her personal journey with the New York City release of her latest CD, Calling Me Home.
Tickets, from $30-$225 are available at www.AmericanSongbook.org; by calling CenterCharge, 212-721-6500 and at the Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall Box Offices (Broadway at 65th Street) and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office (Broadway at 60th Street).

Thursday, February 28
FACE THE MUSIC
Target Free Thursdays
Presented in collaboration with the Kaufman Cultural Center
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (Broadway between 62nd & 63rd Street)
Presented in association with Kaufman Cultural Center
The only student ensemble in New York City dedicated to performing music by living classical composers, Kaufman Center's Face the Music has been praised by The New York Times for its "stunning performances" of works by Steve Reich, Nico Muhly and Terry Riley. Founded by the Kaufman Center's Jenny Undercofler and composer Huang Ruo in 2005, Face the Music is an "alt-classical" ensemble of more than 60 talented teenagers from more than 20 New York area middle and high schools. In addition to performing at venues that include Merkin Concert Hall, the Queens Museum of Art and Museo del Barrio, the group will be featured in the Kaufman Center's critically-acclaimed Ecstatic Music Festival. Recipient of the 2011 ASCAP Aaron Copland Award, the ensemble has also been featured on WQXR's "Young Artist Showcase" and National Public Radio's All Things Considered.
FREE Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including program updates, visit LincolnCenter.org/Atrium

Thursday, February 28, 8:30 pm
LOST IN THE TREES
American Songbook in The Allen Room
The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall (Broadway at 60th Street)
This North Carolina band is a musical collective of seven musicians who deliver a characteristic mix of orchestral folk, pop music, and storytelling. Catch the group whose latest album was called "..spellbinding in its musical ambition, touching in its intimacy, and often overwhelming in its emotional honesty" by the Huffington Post.
Tickets, from $30-$225, are available at www.AmericanSongbook.org; by calling CenterCharge, 212-721-6500 and at the Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall Box Offices (Broadway at 65th Street) and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office (Broadway at 60th Street)..

Great Performers
BNY Mellon is a Proud Sponsor of Great Performers

Support is provided by Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc., The Shubert Foundation, Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Great Performers Circle, Chairman's Council and Friends of Lincoln Center.

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

Endowment support for Symphonic Masters is provided by the Leon Levy Fund

Endowment support is also provided by UBS

David Rubenstein Atrium
Support for the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center has been generously provided by Ford Foundation, Cushman & Wakefield and Algin Management Co., LLC.
Generous endowment support provided by David M. Rubenstein and Oak Foundation

Target is proud to sponsor Target Free Thursdays at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

Meet the Artist Saturdays, sponsored by Neuberger Berman

Major support for Meet the Artist Saturdays is provided by Betty and John Levin. Additional support facilitated by The Honorable City Council Member, Gale Brewer

Endowment support is provided by The Walt Disney Company.

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