This coming Wednesday evening, Lincoln Center's American Songbook series is presenting what promises to be a remarkable concert in the glorious Appel Room at the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle. Judy Kuhn, one of our great singers, has put together an evening comprised entirely of songs composed by Richard Rodgers, his daughter, Mary Rodgers, and his grandson, Adam Guetell. The obvious rightness of this family gathering does not preclude the fact that this is, so far as I know, the first time anyone has had the guts to tackle the Rodgers trio as one.
I was asked to contribute program notes for the occasion and I thought, in case you couldn't make it, I would share them here. The notes appear in the program under the title, "A Family's Secrets, Buried in Generations of Song:"