Here’s an early review on Beth Kanter’s leading blog on nonprofits and social media giving high marks to Good Counsel: Meeting the Legal Needs of Nonprofits by Lincoln Center’s General Counsel Lesley Rosenthal, just released on the John Wiley & Sons/Lincoln Center label.
"Is ‘The Hamilton Mixtape,’ from which 12 numbers were performed, a future Broadway musical? A concept album? A multimedia extravaganza in search of a platform?” asks Stephen Holden of The New York Times in his story today on Lin-Manuel Miranda's performance last Wednesday night as part of Lincoln Center's 2012 American Songbook season. “Does it even matter? What it is, is hot. Its language is a seamless marriage of hip-hop argot and raw American history made startlingly alive; the music arranged for a sextet by Alex Lacamoire is flexible, undigitized hip-hop rock fusion.”
You’re just two steps away from getting a chance to see Gavin Creel and Stephen Oremus live in The Allen Room on Feb. 4, as part of this year’s exciting American Songbook season. First, check in with the 2012 Songbook artists on Foursquare to see which places in New York City they find most inspiring. Then, submit a quick entry about what spot inspires you in the city for a shot to win! Check out the link above for more info. Good luck!
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and its music director, Manfred Honeck, come to New York for Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series on Sunday, February 26, at 3 PM. Maestro Honeck and the PSO bring a new, commissioned work and two favorites of the symphonic repertoire to this Avery Fisher Hall concert.
Brilliant American virtuoso Hilary Hahn joins the orchestra for Prokofiev’s soaring Violin Concerto No. 1. A highlight of the concert will be the New York premiere of Silent Spring, a one-movement orchestral tone poem in four sections, commissioned for the PSO’s Composer of the Year, Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Stucky. It marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of the groundbreaking work on environmental toxins, Silent Spring, which was written by Pittsburgh native Rachel Carson.
The New York Daily News listed Lin-Manuel Miranda's sold-out American Songbook concert tonight at 8:30 p.m. in The Allen Room as one of the top Latino events in NYC this week! Lincoln Center’s 2012 American Songbook season runs until Feb. 11.
"I’m excited that we’re performing some hip-hop at the ‘American Songbook’ series. You hear ‘American Songbook’ and you picture this sort of golden age of music, but there’s a lot of music that is very American that has been part of our songbook for a while now, and I’m excited to sort of bring that flavor to the series,” said Lin-Manuel Miranda when asked about kicking off Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series by Forbes.com contributor Jane Levere.
Find out how Miranda first got interested in Alexander Hamilton, as well as what he believes Hamilton’s significance is today, by reading the rest of the Q&A above.
Lin-Manuel Miranda will be perform in The Allen Room at Frederick P. Rose Hall on January 11.
American Songbook's Lin-Manuel Miranda in The New York Times
Photo by The Lindler Studio, LLC, 2011
He’s Taking the ’Hood to the 1700’s
By ERIK PIEPENBURG Published: January 6, 2012
“WHY hasn’t anyone done a hip-hop version of Alexander Hamilton’s life?” Lin-Manuel Miranda wondered aloud recently. ”It’s a hip-hop story. It’s Tupac.”
Sure, both men’s lives were marked by boastfulness, torrid sexual exploits and gun duels. But it takes a cultural omnivore like Mr. Miranda, the Tony-winning creator of “In the Heights,” probably the most successful merging of Broadway and rap to date, to bring them together.
On Wednesday excerpts from “The Hamilton Mixtape,” Mr. Miranda’s hip-hop song cycle based on the life of the country’s first Secretary of the Treasury, will open the latest edition of Lincoln Center’s annual American Songbook series. It will be Mr. Miranda’s most high-profile stage performance since he returned to Broadway last January for the closing weeks of “In the Heights.” (The show won four Tony Awards in 2008, including best musical and best score for Mr. Miranda.)
Since then Mr. Miranda — composer and lyricist, proud son of the Inwood section of Manhattan, American history buff — has been at work on projects that take him pretty far from the old neighborhood, work that he chronicles religiously on Twitter and YouTube.
“Twitter is really the worst possible thing for performers,” he said with a laugh. ”It’s an audience whenever you want. None of us got enough hugs.”
(Read the rest of The New York Times article here.)
With her book Good Counsel: Meeting the Legal Needs of Nonprofits, Lesley Rosenthal, the astute General Counsel of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, has created the indispensable guide for the most common legal, governance, and fundraising compliance issues facing nonprofits.
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Check out what the New York Amsterdam News had to say about Lincoln Center’s free holiday concerts in the David Rubenstein Atrium this season, including composer Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin’s "Lost in Kino" tonight!
KCRW has showcased upcoming American Songbook artist Keren Ann’s song “My Name is Trouble” as one of the top 10 songs of 2011. Keren will be performing in the Allen Room as part of the festival on Feb. 1.
"The fearless way with which Merrill Garbus attacks her instruments (I’m including her voice, which she loops live on stage) is inspiring, bringing up urges to seize the day as soon as humanly possible,” wrote Maura Johnston in The Village Voice about tUnE-yArDs, who will be coming to Lincoln Center next year as part of American Songbook on Feb. 9.
Lincoln Center will celebrate the 25th birthday of New York’s tirelessly inventive new music institution Bang on a Can with musical fireworks in an extraordinary three-part program that will include a U.S. and a New York premiere on Saturday, April 28, at 7 PM in Alice Tully Hall.