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OCU Composer, Singers Take Lincoln Center Spotlight Jan. 26
An entire program of songs from OCU alumnus Joel B. New will be featured Jan. 26 at the Songbook Series at the library at Lincoln Center. The 6 p.m. concert is produced and hosted by John F. Znidarsic. Singers include OCU alumni Christine Paterson, Tiffan Borelli, and T.J. Moss as well as Becca Ayers, Donna Lynne Champlin, Lisa Howard, Carly Jibson, Megan McGinnis, Jonathan Rayson, Tony Yazbeck, Justin Daniel, Dan Radzikowski and Rachel L. Thomas. The event will be held at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza. Admission is free and open to the public. New, winner of a 2008 Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Grant, is a graduate of OCU’s Bass School of Music and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is a composer, lyricist, bookwriter, arranger, dramaturge, vocal coach, and performer. In 2003, Oklahoma City University staged the premiere of New's first full-length musical, “You & My Heart,” with book, music, and lyrics by New. Since then, his songs have been performed across the country in recitals, master classes, concerts, festivals, cabarets, and a songbook revue entitled “Something New.” Current projects include “Looking Around, Looking Back,” an album musical with vocalist T.J. Moss and director Jessica Hutchinson; “Stand Clear,” a theatrical song cycle; and “Awakening,” a musical based on Kate Chopin's 1899 novella with J. Oconer Navarro. For more information, visit