The third son in the musical Brubeck family, Chris Brubeck
is a composer, lyricist, orchestral arranger, producer and performer who plays four instruments. He enjoys a very active and diverse career playing and composing Jazz, Rock, Folk, Funk and Classical Music.
Chris' recording Bach to Brubeck, which came out on Koch International Classics a few years ago features Chris, Bill Crofut and Joel Brown as soloists with The London Symphony Orchestra and is another reflection of Chris' multiple talents. In addition to creating the orchestral arrangements for the recording, Chris was the soloist in his original composition Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra. This work is creating a stir in classical music circles, and has received multiple performances at The International Trombone Festival and with The Boston Pops, The Pittsburgh Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
It was after The Boston Pops played his Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra that Keith Lockhart and The Boston Symphony commissioned him to write a concerto for the Pops to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Symphony Hall. In May, 2001, Chris Brubeck experienced a major success with the world premiere of Convergence: Concerto for Orchestra. The Boston Globe characterized the debut as "…a great event, the world premiere of the most ambitious work ever commissioned by the Pops, 'Convergence' by Christopher Brubeck…He's got a hit on his hands, with a long life ahead of it."
After the success of Convergence, The Boston Pops asked Chris to write a triple violin concerto for the Pops and for Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Eileen Ivers and Regina Carter. The exciting Interplay for 3 Violins and Orchestra premiered in May, 2002 and was seen all across the country this summer on PBS television stations. Speaking of Chris' Interplay, Richard Dyer of The Boston Globe said "Vivaldi couldn't have done it better!" Also premiering in May, 2002 was a piece written for Frederica von Stade and the Tassajara Symphony Orchestra entitled River of Song, which also received glowing reviews and is already scheduled to be performed twice more in the coming months.
In addition to Convergence: Concerto for Orchestra and Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra, Chris has composed and arranged for The Boston Pops, The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Aspen Wind Quintette and The Manhattan Choral Festival (which commissioned Chris' choral work for high school students - Wisdom). He has written three musicals, including David, Champion of Israel (with Ron Brassard), commissioned by the Catholic Church and scheduled for performance in 2003. He has also written hundreds of songs sung by a diverse range of singers, from Dawn Upshaw to Patti Labelle.
Composer website: www.brubeckmusic.com