Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Hathaway, Reese Witherspoon, Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker were among the many performers and guests at Lincoln Center’s Annual American Songbook Gala last night honoring Bryan Lourd, Managing Director, Creative Artists Agency and Trustee of Lincoln Center, for his philanthropic work.
The American Songbook series celebrates the best in American singing and songwriting. The series defines American Songbook as music from Stephen Foster to Sufian Stephens, in genres including pop, Broadway, jazz, rock, folk, R&B, Americana, and country. Now in its 16th season, American Songbook is presented in a series of concerts both in The Allen Room and in the Stanley Kaplan Penthouse.
This Gala honors a friend and supporter of Lincoln Center, Bryan Lourd. A member of Lincoln Center’s Board of Trustees since 2011, Lourd brings a passion and deep sense of responsibility not only to his work for Lincoln Center but also to the work for CAA’s own philanthropic foundation. Highly respected throughout the arts and entertainment worlds, Lourd and his colleagues are essential partners to all who work in the arts and entertainment field.
The performance took place on the Adriene Arsht Stage at Alice Tully Hall. The set, by award-winning designer David Rockwell, replicates Bryan Lourd’s living room at his penthouse in New York. The audience was invited to join Bryan’s friends for an evening of song and surprises.
Other celebrities in attendance include: Darren Aronofsky, Chris Botti, Barry Diller, Jimmy Fallon, Diane von Furstenberg, Whoopi Goldberg, Julianna Margolies, Lorne Michaels, Liam Neeson, Barbara Walters, Harvey Weinstein Graydon Carter, Anna Wintour and Reese Witherspoon.
The Gala celebrated Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, now in its 16th season. The Gala raised $2.75 million.
What a great event!
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