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WXPN WELCOMES: Jimmy Webb & Robin Spielberg

50 N George St, York, PA 17401

October 16, 2021


7:30 p.m.

Tickets Starting at $39

Presented by: Appell Center for the Performing Arts

Location: Appell Center for the Performing Arts


Rescheduled from October 3! 


Multiple Grammy-winning songwriter Jimmy Webb has topped the charts from pop to country to disco numerous times with interpretations by some of the industry’s greatest -- from Glen Campbell to Art Garfunkel to Linda Ronstadt -- and covers by everyone from Guns n’ Roses to Josh Groban to Little Big Town. Since Webb’s Grammy sweep in 1968 when his own “Up, Up and Away” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” vied for Song of the Year (and “Up” won), to the use of his “Do What You Gotta Do” in Kanye West’s “Famous,” the man often praised as “America’s Songwriter” remains an icon in popular music – and continues to challenge his artistic boundaries with projects like a classical nocturne. His most famous songs are touchstones for a generation yet remain timeless – “MacArthur Park,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Worst That Could Happen.” Now in his touring show “An Evening with Jimmy Webb”and his literary memoir, THE CAKE AND THE RAIN (St. Martin’s Press; now in paperback and audiobook), Webb brings fans of his music a unique connection to their favorite songs, revealing the stories behind his hits as far back as his first songwriting job at Motown through a career trajectory that took a teen preacher’s son from a farm town in Oklahoma to the top of his longed-for profession, with pitfalls and blessings in equal measure between.

“He’s a prodigious performer, and a night with Jimmy at the keys is not unlike getting to hear George Gershwin or Cole Porter live. It’s hard to believe one guy could have written all these amazing songs. Webb is still at it, thankfully, and if you get a chance to see him live, grab it. People ask why nobody writes songs like they used to. Fortunately for us all, Jimmy Webb still does.” -- American Songwriter Magazine

“Mr. Webb is a superb natural melodist whose best songs often combine the tuneful directness of country music with the unabashedly romantic harmonic palette of classic Hollywood film scores.” – The New York Times


With interests in both theater and music, Spielberg earned a B.F.A. in drama from New York University. As a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company, she has acted in dozens of off-Broadway plays and radio dramas, and composed several original scores while building a career as one of the premier piano performers in New York’s piano rooms.

Robin Spielberg is a Steinway Artist, and has been hailed as one of America’s most popular contemporary female pianists/composers and has been featured in live performances on PBS, CBS Saturday Morning, ABC News, Lifetime Live, and NPR. She has played sold out performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Concert Hall three times. Spielberg has toured South Korea several times and just this past summer embarked on a three-week concert tour of China where she is a bonafide “piano star.” Spielberg’s music has now been heard by over 165 million listeners on Pandora and has had hundreds of millions of plays on Apple Music and Spotify. As her popularity continues to skyrocket, Spotify has now created a ‘Robin Spielberg Spotify Playlist’.

Her 18th CD On the Edge of A Dream spent four weeks on the Billboard charts and was nominated for numerous awards. She is currently at work on her 19th CD, an album of popular love songs.

She is the author of “Naked on the Bench: My Adventures in Pianoland,” which won the Reader’s Favorite International Book Award contest for best memoir. In it, she demystifies the life of a touring artist with humor, and a dose of the sometimes-harsh realities of life on the road.

Robin Spielberg is a Celebrity Spokesperson for the American Music Therapy Association. Her popular TEDx TALK on music and wellness has had over 100,000 views. Robin teaches International Music Business at Millersville University each spring.

Videos, music and more at

“As a popular pianist, Spielberg has one of the best sets of hands going.” -- The All Music Guide

“Reflective piano, smart originals.” -- The Washington Post

“Music that sets the heart singing.” -- Better Home & Gardens