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Lara Downes and Rhiannon Giddens, set for lenny launch from National Sawdust

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Pianist Lara Downes celebrates the launch of her Sony Classical debut album FOR LENNY, at National Sawdust tomorrow, Wed. Feb 7. The evening will be a Leonard Bernstein centennial tribute that spans the landscape of American music from the past, present, and future, and Downes will be joined on stage by singer Rhiannon Giddens, as the duo present a portrait of Bernstein the man, full of boundless curiosity and a fervent belief in the power of music to change our world for the better.

Downes' most recent chart-topping release, America Again, was selected by NPR as "One of 10 Albums that Saved 2016." Describing FOR LENNY, Downes said this: "Leonard Bernstein reminds me of what a musician can be. Of what music can do in this world – how it can reach and teach and make things happen. Just imagine what American music was before Lenny came along, everything he changed. I'm only here at all, I think, because of the rules he broke and the doors he knocked down. Imagine the thousands of other musicians who feel the same way."