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The Guy at the Piano: Alex Rybeck’s Musical World
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The Guy at the Piano: Alex Rybeck’s Musical World

February 21, 2014 at 6:30PM

Monroe House

To call Alex Rybeck a multitasking musician is a definite understatement.  A gifted composer, arranger, pianist, and musical director, he has worked with a stunningly diverse roster of topline performing artists. It’s a cast that ranges from Tommy Tune, Michael Feinstein and Faith Prince to Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway, Kitty Carlisle Hart and Roberta Peters to the McGuire Sisters, Eartha Kitt and Marni Nixon (Hollywood’s go-to voice for movie-star dubbing). 

Rybeck, a Washington area native, found mentors in Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Schwartz and has made his mark in cabarets, concert halls, recordings and on Broadway. Tonight he pulls up the piano bench for an informal conversation with music, as he discusses his wide-ranging career with Michael Miyazaki, Washington correspondent for Cabaret Scenes magazine. 

Learn why Rybeck describes himself as “an artistic chameleon that strives to provide the perfect musical background for the singers I work with, much the way a designer tailors clothes or costumes.” If you've ever wondered exactly what "the guy at the piano" does when a singer steps into the spotlight, this evening will answer your questions. Jeff Harnar, a longtime collaborator, joins Rybeck to sing some of his songs and arrangements.

Harnar, winner of the 2012 Noel Coward Foundation Cabaret Award, has been heard in New York at venues including the Algonquin’s Oak Room, the Laurie Beechman Theatre, Feinstein's at the Regency and off-Broadway. He performed in Carnegie Hall’s Cole Porter and Noel Coward Centennial Galas. Arts Club member Michael Miyazaki is an active cabaret performer, actor and director in the Washington area.

6:30 pm: Cocktails

7:30 pm: Program

8:30 pm: Dinner

Dress: Business

Cost: $40 plus $10 program fee

See Jeff Harnar and Alex Rybeck in The 1959 Broadway Songbook, Harnar’s revue for which Rybeck served as musical director and arranger.