American Songbook

March 12–April 12, 2024

American Songbook reflects experiences of people across our nation in a celebration of a shared musical inheritance by some of the most fearless and exciting storytellers in song today. Honoring a host of complexities central to the American experiment, this year’s series focuses on historic change-makers and contemporary artist-advocates—embracing individuality and personal identity through performance. The vitality and conviction of this year’s series, entirely free or choose-what-you-pay, offers proof of a thriving, and ever-growing American Songbook. Join us as we write today’s chapter together.


Past Seasons

American Songbook: A Place You Belong

American Songbook 2023
A Place You Belong

With the guidance of the writer, filmmaker, producer, and multiple Tony Award-winning director George C. Wolfe, four of NYC's influential but long-lost performance spaces and dance clubs were resurrected on the Lincoln Center campus. Midtown's Latin jazz mecca, the Palladium Ballroom; SoHo's pioneering disco, Paradise Garage; Harlem's home of the Lindy Hop, the Savoy Ballroom; and the West Village's historically significant cabaret, Café Society, were brought back to life through shows spotlighting modern performers honoring the traditions of these iconic venues.



American Songbook: A World of Voices

American Songbook 2022
A World of Voices

The 24th season of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series (and the first back on campus since 2020) featured performers whose diverse global artistic heritage deeply informs their creative expression. These musicians—hailing respectively from Honduras, Mexico, India, Guinea, China, Sudan, Venezuela, Tunisia, and Guatemala—each dazzled with a unique vision in their fields of musical theater, pop, Western and Eastern classical, rock, jazz, and folk. At-large, the 2022 series emphasized the significance of globalization in today's music and the incredible exchange of cultures, American and beyond, that plays a part in music-making.


Thanks to Our Supporters

Hip-Hop and contemporary arts programming made possible by Nike

American Songbook is supported by PGIM, Global Asset Management

Corporate Support is provided by Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.

Additional support is provided by Barbara H. Block

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