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Friday, March 28th, 2014


James Naughton and Jason Isbell
Round out the American Songbook Series on
Live from Lincoln Center


Will air Fridays, April 4th and 11th at 8:00 p.m. on WTVP-HD 47.1

James Naughton and Jason Isbell

Live From Lincoln Center—the award-winning performing arts series showcasing events from the iconic stages of the world’s largest performing arts center—will broadcast wide-ranging popular song broadcasts as part of its 39th season this spring on PBS. Each of the broadcasts feature concerts from Lincoln Center’s acclaimed American Songbook series which celebrates the best in American singing and songwriting, spanning popular music genres such as pop, country and folk music. Five time Tony Award-winning actress and singer and 2014 Musical Americal Artist of the Year Audra McDonald is the series host.

Live from Lincoln Center: James Naughton: The Songs of Randy Newman
Friday, April 4 from 8-9 p.m. on WTVP-HD 47.1
James Naughton, the director and Tony Award-winning actor and singer, who has appeared in numerous film and television programs including CBS’s Hostages and on stage in City of Angels and Kander & Ebb’s Chicago, takes the stage to honor the great American songwriter Randy Newman. Though Naughton has sung Newman’s charming songs before in cabaret shows, he has never offered a full evening devoted to this music until now. Naughton’s “bass baritone voice is a phenomenon, both in its caressing resonance and in the ease with which he slides from traditional crooning to jazz-inflected swing” (The New York Times). Newman’s work as a Hollywood soundtrack composer of the past thirty years was preceded by years as a prolific, highly successful songwriter of such hits as “I Think It’s Going to Rain Today,” “Sail Away,” and “I Love L.A.” This episode will be directed by Alan Skog.



Live from Lincoln Center: Jason Isbell: Moving Forward
Friday, April 11 from 8-9 p.m. on WTVP-HD 47.1
Hailing from music mecca Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Jason Isbell is creating a sound that expands on his roots and cuts close to the bone. He started writing songs at an early age, and at 21 joined the rock group, Drive-By Truckers. Isbell wrote and recorded with the Truckers through three albums and six years, leaving in 2007 to come out with a solo album. He then formed a band, The 400 Unit (the colloquial name for the former psychiatric ward of an Alabama hospital), which recorded a couple of CDs full of melancholy country ballads and rousing roots rock. Isbell’s most recent work is the critically-acclaimed Southeastern, with personal and exquisite songs about atonement and redemption, Southern-style. This episode will be directed by Dana Calderwood.



As its name implies, “American Songbook” is dedicated to the great repertory of American popular song, from jazz and blues favorites to classics from stage, screen, cabaret and Tin Pan Alley. In its early years “American Songbook” performances were in the David Rubenstein Atrium located on Broadway just around the corner from Avery Fisher Hall and the Metropolitan Opera House. In recent years it has found a home in the Allen Room of the Frederick P. Rose Hall, on Broadway a few blocks South of Avery Fisher Hall. The Allen Room itself is a very special site, offering spectacular views of Central Park and Columbus Circle.

More about this season of Live From Lincoln Center
For each episode of Live From Lincoln Center, ancillary and interview content will complement the performance on the broadcast. Additionally, Live From Lincoln Center offers live-tweeting during broadcasts on Twitter.


About Live From Lincoln Center
Live From Lincoln Center is a cornerstone of performing arts broadcasting, presenting the world’s greatest artists and performances in music, dance and theater from Lincoln Center’s renowned stages. Now in its 39th season on PBS, the pioneering series—produced by Lincoln Center Media Productions—has been seen by hundreds of millions of viewers since its debut and celebrated by 13 Emmy Awards and other honors for its broadcasting excellence. Additional Live From Lincoln Center content is accessible online at PBS.org and watch.lincolncenter.org. Last year, Live From Lincoln Center was nominated for three Emmy Awards for its broadcast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel with the New York Philharmonic.

About PBS
PBS, with its over 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 120 million people through television and over 29 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website, pbskids.org, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices.

Live From Lincoln Center is made possible by a major grant from MetLife.

In addition to underwriting from MetLife, the series is also made possible with generous support from the Robert Wood Johnson 1962 Charitable Trust, Thomas H. Lee and Ann Tenenbaum, The Robert and Renée Belfer Family Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

National Sponsor of Lincoln Center
Official Sponsor of Lincoln Center
United Airlines
Official Airline of Lincoln Center
Official Broadcast Partner of Lincoln Center
William Hill Estate Winery
Official Wine of Lincoln Center

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For further information contact Stacey Tomczyk, WTVP Interim Program Director, at (309) 495-0591 or stacey.tomczyk@wtvp.org



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