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Songbook Academy Updates!

In June, our 2014 winner Maddie Baillio was announced as the star of NBC's upcoming production of Hairspray Live! that will air on December 7. Maddie, who will play the title role of Tracy Turnblad, was chosen at an open casting call with over 1000 auditions. Maddie will perform alongside Harvey Fierstein, Kristin Chenoweth, Derek Hough, Jennifer Hudson, Rosie O'Donnell, and more. We are so proud and excited! Click the video at left to watch Maddie realize she had been cast in the starring role! Keep an eye on our social media channels for regular updates.

In July, we again welcomed forty talented high school vocalists to Carmel for the Songbook Academy. Our 2016 mentors included Janis Siegel, Sylvia McNair, Jarrod Spector, and Marc Cherry. At the end of the week, Brighton Thomas of Burbank, California was named the 2016 Songbook Youth Ambassador. Click here for a list of finalists and award winners from around the country.

In August, FOUR of our past finalists performed at Feinstein's/54 Below in New York City. 2012 and 2013 winners Nick Ziobro and Julia Goodwin presented their duo show on Wednesday, August 24; 2015 Celebration Award winner Hannah Vogelsang joined Michael Feinstein and Marilyn Maye during their performance on Thursday, August 25; and 2014 finalist Nick Drivas made his New York Debut with a solo show on Tuesday, August 30. 

In addition, Maddie Baillio and Nick Ziobro both appeared with the Pasadena Pops during their 2016 summer season. We are so excited that our Songbook Academy participants are sharing the music of the Songbook all around the country!

2016 Songbook Celebration Gala

On Saturday, October 15, the Center for the Performing Arts will host the sixth annual Songbook Celebration Gala presented by Krieg DeVault and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Palladium in Carmel, Indiana. This festive event will celebrate our 2016 class of inductees, which includes Dionne Warwick, Diahann Carroll, and Indiana's own Hoagy Carmichael. Featured performers for the evening include Michael Feinstein, founder of the Songbook Foundation, and Storm Large of Pink Martini.

You are invited to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience... click here for ticket information. We would be thrilled to have you join us for this annual celebration of the Great American Songbook and its cultural legacy.

The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts serves as the official home of the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame. Honorees are recognized in a permanent exhibit, which is located in the Shiel Sexton Songbook Lounge on the Gallery level of the Palladium. Click here to visit the online Hall of Fame exhibit.

SAVE THE DATE: Michael Feinstein on Grand Avenue, Oct. 22

A special concert celebrating the career of film composer David Raksin, 
featuring Michael Feinstein with students from the Colburn School

Saturday, October 22, 2016 | Herbert Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90012
Reception at 6:30 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m.

Click here to learn more about this event! For information about premium ticket packages, which include a private reception and dinner with the artists, please contact Dianna Factor at rsvp@colburnschool.edu or 213-621-1010.

Volunteer Profile: Francine Weigand

As a small non-profit organization, the Songbook Foundation depends on a team of dedicated volunteers who assist us with the Songbook Exhibit Gallery, provide tours to our visitors and tour groups, and complete a wide variety of projects in the Songbook Archives. Click here to learn more about Francine Weigand, an enthusiastic member of our docent team who serves as the Foundation's volunteer coordinator.

ANNOUNCING: Songbook Academy All-Stars In Concert!
Saturday, January 7th, 2017 - The Palladium - 8:00pm  

For the first time ever, the Songbook Academy Youth Ambassadors will take the stage together for an unforgettable celebration of the Great American Songbook. Don’t miss your chance to see the next generation of stars on the Palladium stage as they celebrate America’s gift to the world. Click here to purchase tickets today!

Become a Friend of the Foundation!

Our work to preserve and promote the Songbook continues to introduce this music to an ever-widening audience. Will you consider making a tax-deductible gift to the Songbook Foundation? Every dollar we receive impacts our ongoing efforts to inspire and educate by celebrating the Great American Songbook. Click the image at right for a special video message from Michael Feinstein about the positive impact of our outreach and educational programs.

Click the buttons at right for more info, or contact Leslie Hoggatt, Individual Gifts Officer, at LHoggatt@TheCenterPresents.org.  

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