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Urban Stages’ Annual Gala Benefit – Winter Rhythms!
Songs for Sapiosexuals
David Alpher & Jennie Litt’s NEW CD release show
December 14, 2019, @ 2pm
David Alpher (composer/pianist) and Jennie Litt (lyricist/singer) will celebrate the release of their brand-new all-original CD, Songs for Sapiosexuals, at Winter Rhythms, Urban Stages’ celebraton of all things cabaret, on Saturday, December 14, at 2 p.m.
A sapiosexual is someone who is turned on by intelligence, and Alpher and Litt’s original cabaret songs have been called “uplifting in [their] originality and intelligent word and music play.” And while the 18 songs on the CD are eclectic in pretty much every way you can think of—love ballads, math tangos, whiskey-soaked torch songs, death marches, a brand-new holiday classic, and more—they are all aimed at the intelligent listener: in other words, you!
Songs For Sapiosexuals is available at CDBaby by clicking this link: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/alpherlitt3
Alpher & Litt met at The MacDowell Colony twenty years ago; within a week of that first meeting, they became artistic and romantic partners, a collaboration that continues unabated to this day. “We are a romantic and artistic partnership like John and Yoko,’ says Ms. Litt, “without the naked pictures.”
Lyricist Litt is inspired by wits like Allan Sherman, Tom Lehrer, Marcy Heisler, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, and Alan Jay Lerner; while composer Alpher draws his influences from Leonard Bernstein, Richard Rodgers, and the entire canon of classical music (he has a significant portfolio of classical compositions in addition to his cabaret songs). Together, they write songs like no other team writing today—sometimes witty, sometimes serious, sophisticated yet always accessible, and heartfully melodic. In Songs For Sapiosexuals, they have broken new territory with forays into country-pop, “family” music, and the whole-tone scale.
Alpher & Litt’s CD release show will feature Alpher at the piano and Litt on vocals. In addition, jazz great Boots Maleson on bass, Scott Neumann on drums will join guitarist Kurt Henry and flutist Suzanne Gilchrest reprising their featured work on the CD. Guest vocalists will add their own magic: internationally acclaimed countertenor Drew Minter; MAC Award winners Kim Grogg and Ann Kittredge; and Matthew Walker, direct from the Off-Broadway cast of The Play That Goes Wrong.
Matt Walker performing Alpher & Litt’s “A Prime Little Number”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpL3prmxb9U
CDs and downoad cards will be for sale after the show in the Urban Stages lobby.
Urban Stages is located at 259 West 30th Street, New York, NY 10001, between 7th and 8th Aves. General admission is $30 and tickets are available here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10473640. There is no food or drink minimum.
WINTER RHYTHMS 2019 marks the 11th year that this award-winning (Bistro Award for Outstanding Series and the Ruth Kurtzman Benefit Series MAC Award) festival welcomes noted musical artists to its stage during the holidays. The mission of WINTER RHYTHMS is to bring the talents of well-known and up-and-coming singers, musicians, lyricists and composers to the attention of the New York theater community.
All proceeds support Urban Stages’ Outreach Program.
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