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Linda Eder to Perform at 2009 Belmont Stakes

Linda EderA welcome and familiar face will headline the Belmont Stakes Day entertainment lineup when singer Linda Eder returns to Belmont Park to sing “New York, New York” as the field for the 141st Belmont Stakes makes its way to the starting gate on Saturday, June 6.

Since 1997, the song “New York, New York” has accompanied Belmont Stakes runners to the gate. Composed by John Kander, with lyrics by Fred Ebb, it is the theme song from the 1977 Martin Scorsese film “New York, New York.” Frank Sinatra popularized the song in 1978, singing it in concert and later recording it for his album “Trilogy: Past Present Future,” and it has been associated with him ever since. Prior to 1997, “Sidewalks of New York” was performed.  Eder first performed at the Belmont Stakes in 1997 and has returned several times in the intervening years.

Performing at the Belmont is a natural extension of Eder’s love of animals, particularly horses.  In 2006, Eder hosted a primetime television special, “TRAIL MIX”, on Animal Planet, which featured celebrity guests, including country singer LeAnn Rimes and singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow, reflecting on the inspiration they draw from horses.  As a child in Minnesota, Eder said she made up classical arias and sang them to farm animals. 

Eder, a former Broadway star in “Jekyll & Hyde,” considers the concert stage the mainstay of her career.  She has performed at prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Davies Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Wolf Trap and the Ravinia Festival.  Since the debut of her self-titled first album in 1991, Eder has recorded and released ten solo albums, each a blend of standards, pop hits and original songs showcasing her extensive vocal talents.  Her most recent album, “The Other Side of Me,” features mostly original compositions in the country-pop genre with which she most identifies.