By Walt Rybeck
Producer, Performing Arts Council
How can we cope in the face of political upheaval, discrimination and inhumanity? Singer Susan Winter and accompanist-musical director Alex Rybeck created “Rise Up Singing” with music that does its part in helping us confront and overcome the tribulations and inequities of the times. Their show draws on songs from Broadway, the Yiddish theater, folk, pop and film by composers such as Irving Berlin and Bob Dylan.
Susan and Alex will present this uplifting program in Encore Theater at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 27 (Please note this show is a matinee, not an evening show). Bass, guitar and violin players from the Washington area will join them. The program is a Performing Arts Council presentation.
Susan Winter is a winner of top cabaret awards in New York City. She was a regular at Riccardo’s in Astoria, Queens, where Tony Bennett got his start. She performed solo, with trios and big bands throughout the Midwest and continues to do so as she shares time in New York and Florida. Her CD, “Love rolls on…LIVE!” won the Nancy LaMott/David Friedman Recording of the Year. This spring she debuts her latest program, “Minor Miracles,” based on Jewish songwriters who wrote in the minor key. Critic Roy Sanders wrote, “She can wow us with a knockout arrangement one moment, then move us to tears with an introspective interpretation the next.”
Alex Rybeck has been bringing cabaret and Broadway stars to Riderwood for a dozen years. He earned degrees from Oberlin and New York University. His mentors included Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. Like Susan, he has won many cabaret awards. He performs around the country and around the world.
$5.00 Tickets for the show go on sale in all dining lobbies from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, April 22 and 23. Theater doors will open at 1:30 p.m.