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NHSO Artist Residency: Chris Brubeck

An innovative and relevant artist residency in the schools and communities of Greater New Haven with jazz visionary Chris Brubeck.

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Recap of the NHSO’s 2015 Artist Residency with Chris Brubeck

Posted on July 22, 2015 by New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Thank you to NHSO Artist-in-Residence Chris Brubeck for his inspiring and enriching work with students and audiences in New Haven and beyond!

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NHSO Brubeck Residency Final Project Update

Posted on June 24, 2015 by New Haven Symphony Orchestra

During the 2014-2015 season, the NHSO and partners from the Greater New Haven community presented an educational residency with jazz composer and trombonist Chris Brubeck.

The residency engaged approximately 12,000 students and 2,250 adults from varied backgrounds of all means and abilities.

During the residency, Chris Brubeck:

  • Presented 10 Young People’s Concerts in New Haven, New London, Woodstock, Shelton, and Milford, reaching over 7,500 students. The concerts featured Chris, the orchestra, and two high school musicians – Aaron Michelle from Wilbur Cross High School on percussion and Joseph Boughton from Guilford High School on trumpet.
  • Designed an arts-integrated and multimedia-rich Young People’s Concert Curriculum Guide available to classrooms across the State of Connecticut.
  • Provided a week-long residency at Wilbur Cross High School. The residency included improvisation and contemporary jazz ensemble performance workshops. Following the residency, Chris played with the students at their spring concert.
  • Performed on the NHSO’s primary concert series. The Ansel Adams, Bernstein & Brubeck concert included the world premiere of Brubeck’s Time Changes for Jazz Combo and Orchestra, his Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra, and Chris and Dave Brubeck’s Ansel Adams: America. The world premiere of Time Changes featured five student musicians from Guilford High School – Michaeljohn Alio, guitar; Joseph Boughton, trumpet; Liam Doolan, percussion; Christopher Vanacore, saxophone; Chris Worden, bass. As an educational component, Chris worked with the five students to prepare them for their performance of the world premiere piece.
  • Lectured on his life as a composer and performer of new American music. Lectures included pre-concert lectures and an interdisciplinary lecture in partnership with Yale University Art Gallery. Pre-concert lectures were given at Tower One/Tower East (for those who are not able to attend concerts) and at Shubert Theatre before the Ansel Adams, Bernstein & Brubeck concert (“Preludes”). The lecture with Yale University Art Gallery was about Ansel Adams’ photography and the composition of Ansel Adams: America he wrote with his father, Dave Brubeck.
  • Presented workshops for jazz bands and ensembles at Middletown High School, Educational Center for the Arts, Neighborhood Music School, West Haven High School, and Waterbury Arts Magnet School.
  • Provided professional development opportunities for teachers. A workshop on photography and music was held for New Haven Public Schools teachers.
  • Met with NHSO Junior Board students at a special meet and greet.
  • Attended and performed at events to bring awareness to and celebrate the residency. A residency kick-off party was held at BAR in New Haven, and a fundraiser and celebratory event, Brews with Brubeck at Boughton’s Barn, was held at the end of the residency.

Residency partners included Christopher Brubeck, the New Haven Public Schools, Yale University School of Music, Yale University Art Gallery, Neighborhood Music School, Performing Arts of Northeast Connecticut, New London Public Schools, Seymour Public Schools, Middletown High School, Guilford High School, Tower One/Tower East, Educational Center for the Arts, West Haven High School, Waterbury Arts Magnet School, Milford Public Schools, and Waterbury Symphony Orchestra.

The residency engaged audiences of all ages and all levels of musical literacy and accomplished its goal of impacting larger and more diverse communities through the appreciation of new American music.

Photo from the Young People’s Concert at Woolsey Hall (New Haven – April 29)

Posted on May 18, 2015 by New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Over 3,000 students attended the two concerts on Wednesday (4/29) morning.

Photo from the Young People’s Concert at Woolsey Hall (New Haven – April 29)

Posted on May 18, 2015 by New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Artist-in-Residence Chris Brubeck was joined by Aaron Michelle on drums from Wilbur Cross and Joseph Boughton on trumpet from Guilford High School.

Photo from the Young People’s Concert at Woolsey Hall (New Haven – April 29)

Posted on May 18, 2015 by New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Artist-in-Residence Chris Brubeck was joined by Aaron Michelle on drums from Wilbur Cross and Joseph Boughton on trumpet from Guilford High School.

Photo from the Young People’s Concert at Woolsey Hall (New Haven – April 29)

Posted on May 18, 2015 by New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Over 3,000 students attended the two concerts on Wednesday (4/29) morning.

Photo from the Young People’s Concert at Woolsey Hall (New Haven – April 29)

Posted on May 18, 2015 by New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Students listen during the Young People’s Concert in New Haven. Over 3,000 students attended the two concerts on Wednesday (4/29) morning.

Photo from the Young People’s Concert at Woolsey Hall (New Haven – April 29)

Posted on May 18, 2015 by New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Students take in the sights at Woolsey Hall before the Young People’s Concert in New Haven. Over 3,000 students attended the two concerts on Wednesday (4/29) morning.

Photo from the Young People’s Concert at Woolsey Hall (New Haven – April 29)

Posted on May 18, 2015 by New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Students take in the sights at Woolsey Hall before the Young People’s Concert in New Haven. Over 3,000 students attended the two concerts on Wednesday (4/29) morning.

Over 3,000 students attend the New Haven Young People’s Concerts on April 29

Posted on May 18, 2015 by New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Check out this article from the New Haven Independent about the Young People’s Concert at Woolsey Hall in New Haven. 

“Wednesday morning marked the 83rd annual Young People’s Concert for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, which Boughton has gracefully steered through some challenging and delightful concerts and public programs this year. Based on “A Celebration of American Music and Jazz,” this year’s concert brought New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) students to Woolsey Hall, the NHSO’s regular stomping grounds, for two free Wednesday morning concerts, drawing a crowd of around 3,550 students. Repeat performances this week and next around the state will bring that number to 10,000.

The organization’s hope is twofold: to expose students in New Haven and around Connecticut to the opportunities manifest in music, and to better represent themselves as a resource to the community that families may not otherwise know to tap into.”

“We Jammed With Brubeck On The Blues” by Lewis Nelken

Posted on March 20, 2015 by New Haven Symphony Orchestra

This is the third of three essays about musician and composer Chris Brubeck‘s teaching in Wilbur Cross High School’s music classes from Feb. 27 to Mar. 5 as part of his artist in residency program with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Lewis Nelken is a junior and started playing trumpet in band last year, but now plays French horn, tenor and alto saxophone, trombone, and clarinet. He is also learning to play double bass. He is on the band leadership team and is drum major/band captain.

The following is an excerpt: “I had seen Chris Brubeck perform on the Green last summer, and I was a little intimidated that a musician like him would be listening to my work and giving me advice. I marked off the days on the calendar, anxious for his arrival.

When he first entered the library where our recording studio is located, I was struck by his towering presence, but by the time we had all been introduced and sitting, I realized how many things I had wrong about him.

He wasn’t the condescending musician I had expected. He knows what music is about, and that is having fun and expressing yourself while doing it. He gave a great talk on the subject of composition about where to draw the line between the progression of music and the degrading, using the brilliant metaphor of remaking the chair, but in a way that it was still good enough to sit on. He gave a lot of other great advice to each student in my class on what sort of direction they could take on a project we were doing to write a score to a short video clip. It was really enjoyable to talk to him on a personal level about our passions for music and how to express them.”

Read the rest of the essay here

“‘Ghost Walks’ In” by Stephanie Persiani, student at Wilbur Cross

Posted on March 20, 2015 by New Haven Symphony Orchestra

This is the second of three essays about musician and composer Chris Brubeck‘s teaching in Wilbur Cross High School’s music classes from Feb. 27 to Mar. 5 as part of his artist in residency program with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Stephanie Persiani is a sophomore at Wilbur Cross and plays trumpet in the band and jazz ensemble. She is on the band leadership team and is trumpet section leader.

The following is an excerpt: “I was able to spend a lot of time with jazz musician Chris Brubeck. His father, Dave Brubeck, was a famous jazz musician, and he followed in his footsteps.

In the time I spent with him I learned so much about his life and what it’s like to be a professional jazz musician. It was really impressive because almost every person that we would name, he has played with. When our jazz band told him about a song we are working on, “Heat of the Day,” composed by Pat Metheny, Mr. Brubeck told us the story of how, when he lost all his musicians to a musical, he gave a 15-year-old Mr. Metheny his first professional gig. Hearing about all of his adventures and experiences, like playing with famous singers and musicians, and composing his own music, relit the fire inside me to continue playing music.”

Read the rest of the essay here

“Musical Fire Lit At Wilbur Cross” by Chris Brubeck

Posted on March 20, 2015 by New Haven Symphony Orchestra

This is the first of three essays about musician and composer Chris Brubeck‘s teaching in Wilbur Cross High School’s music classes from Feb. 27 to Mar. 5 as part of his artist in residency program with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.

The following is an excerpt: “Recently I spent about a week at Wilbur Cross High School as part of the New Haven Symphony’s Artist in Residency outreach program. It was a very interesting experience for me. I was sitting in on classes and rehearsals for choir, concert band, jazz band, music theory, and recording arts technology — the latter being a course I sure wish I could have taken when I was in school, but then again the technology actually didn’t exist then. (Computers, digital recording, on-board digital instrument libraries, and full orchestra instrumental libraries were science fiction when I was in high school.)

The world has changed a lot in the last half century. But creativity is still, and always will be, a valuable attribute no matter what tools and technology are available.”

Read the rest of the essay here

“New Haven Symphony Does Jazz”- Review of “Ansel Adams, Bernstein & Brubeck”

Posted on March 20, 2015 by New Haven Symphony Orchestra

The New Haven Independent reviewed the NHSO’s March 12 concert “Ansel Adams, Bernstein & Brubeck”. The concert featured a world premiere commission, Time Changes for Jazz Combo and Orchestra, from Chris Brubeck and Ansel Adams: America, a piece written by Chris and his father, Dave BrubeckThe NHSO and Chris were joined by Guilford High School musicians Michaeljohn Alio, Joseph Boughton, Liam Doolan, Christopher Vanacore, and Chris Worden for the world premiere piece. 

The following is an excerpt: “The small-city symphony orchestra occupies an often lamentable role in the grand scheme of American arts culture. Unlike large city orchestras or university ensembles, smaller orchestras can find their programming connected too directly to their funding, where securing the continued support of private donors necessitates continued performances of classical and romantic era workhorses.

Happily, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra defies that expectation — not only with their composer-in-residence programs, which have resulted in several world premieres of orchestral works, but with programs such as the one the orchestra offered last Thursday at the Shubert.

All of the works performed were American, written after 1950, and all reflected a healthy awareness of jazz, from the choice of composers — like Duke Ellington and artist-in-residence Chris Brubeck — to the presence of a young jazz combo playing alongside the orchestra in a new piece commissioned from Brubeck.”

Read the rest of the review here.

Highlights from the Kick-Off Event at BAR

Posted on March 20, 2015 by New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Check out some highlights from the event kicking off the artist residency with Chris Brubeck. 

Backstage with Brubeck: Artist Residency Day 6 (March 10)

Posted on March 20, 2015 by New Haven Symphony Orchestra

NHSO principal trombone, Scott Cranston, and artist in residence, Chris Brubeck, talked trombone, music education, and careers in music during a break in rehearsal. #NHVBrubeck

Backstage with Brubeck: Artist Residency Day 5 (March 9)

Posted on March 20, 2015 by New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Music director William Boughton and NHSO artist in residence Chris Brubeck worked with student from Guilford High School in preparation for their performance with the NHSO on March 12 and 14. After rehearsal, William and Chris sat down to discuss the concert. #NHVBrubeck

Backstage with Brubeck: Artist Residency Day 4 (March 4)

Posted on March 18, 2015 by New Haven Symphony Orchestra

NHSO Artist in Residence Chris Brubeck and Yale University Art Gallery fellow Autry La Tanya led an insightful lecture about Ansel Adams and “Ansel Adams: America,” which the NHSO performed March 12 at the Shubert and March 14 at Middletown High School #‎NHVBrubeck

Backstage with Brubeck: Artist Residency Day 3 (March 3)

Posted on March 18, 2015 by New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Chris worked with students from Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven. Here’s a clip from one of their jam sessions – special thanks to band teacher Jeremy Barnes for his participation! #‎NHVBrubeck

Backstage with Brubeck: Artist Residency Day 2 (March 2)

Posted on March 18, 2015 by New Haven Symphony Orchestra

The NHSO celebrated the kick off of Chris Brubeck’s artist residency with a party at BAR – New Haven on February 27. Click to hear Chris and the band play “Blue Rondo a la Turk” during their warm up for the party. (Red mood lighting provided by BAR!) #‎NHVBrubeck

Backstage with Brubeck: Artist Residency Day 1 (February 27)

Posted on March 18, 2015 by New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Artist-in-Residence Chris Brubeck started his residency with workshops at Middletown High School and Guilford High School, where they began rehearsals for the world premiere of “Time Changes for Jazz Combo and Orchestra” with the NHSO on March 12. #NHVBrubeck

News Coverage of the Brubeck Residency

Posted on March 16, 2015 by New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Check out local news coverage of the Brubeck Residency!

February 22– Chris Brubeck beginning New Haven Symphony Orchestra residency (New Haven Register) – “With high school workshops and a Friday kickoff party, this week begins Chris Brubeck’s busy 3-month stint as artist-in-residence with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra — a distinction that will bring him also to civic centers, a senior center and concert halls in the area.”

March 2– BAR toasts Brubeck (New Haven Independent) – “Bathed in the red light that has become BAR’s signature in the past few years, Chris Brubeck took the mic, pausing with a half-smile as he leaned in and began to address the crowd. 

“I’m going to play a tune my dad wrote. It’s called ‘Blue Rondo à la Turk.’” 

The crowd cheered. Then he was off, grinning broadly as several familiar notes of the now-beloved standard tumbled forward, filling the warm, pizza-scented back room. 

Friday night’s festivities at BAR — free and open to the community — marked the kickoff of Brubeck’s residency with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, an endeavor supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, and the Fromm Music Foundation.”

March 6– Chris Brubeck: Busy NHSO residency begins with party, school visits (New Haven Register) – Hear from Chris himself about the beginning of his residency with the NHSO. 

March 6– Chris Brubeck joins conductor William Boughton, symphony this week  (New Haven Register) – “Time for some new high notes — jazzy ones in particular, with Chris Brubeck on board — in the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s productive (and yes, dramatic) season.”

March 12– Chris Brubeck joins orchestra as artist-in-residence (Wilton Bulletin) – “Jazz musician and composer Chris Brubeck of Wilton is the 2015 artist-in-residence at the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, a position that will place him in schools, civic centers, and area concert halls. He will serve in roles as varied as: Young People’s Concert presenter to more than 8,000 students; in-school resident artist and community concert leader; mentor to the orchestra’s junior board; lecturer and activist for music education in Greater New Haven. His residency will last through May.”

Overview

New Haven, Connecticut is an extremely diverse city. In honor of its complex cultural fabric, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s (NHSO) institutional vision is commited to the varied influences on American music. We support living American composers and new music through commissions, residencies, recordings, performances, and educational programs. The NHSO and Greater New Haven community have worked together to craft a educational residency around jazz composer and trombonist Christopher Brubeck that fulfills this vision and meets the needs of New Haven neighborhoods.  The son of jazz icon Dave Brubeck, Chris’s unique and compelling artistic voice inspired this proposed five-month residency in our 2014-2015 concert season, building on the success of last year’s educational residency with Daniel Bernard Roumain.

Projected to engage 12,000 students and 2,250 adults from varied backgrounds of all means and abilities, the residency will feature Chris Brubeck as:

  • ARTISTIC PRESENTER of 10 Young People’s Concerts in New Haven, New London, Woodstock, Shelton, and Milford, featuring Chris and the orchestra
  • DESIGNER of an arts-integrated and multimedia-rich Young People’s Concert Curriculum Guide available to classrooms across the State of Connecticut
  • TEACHING ARTIST at two New Haven Public Schools providing improvisation and contemporary jazz ensemble performance practice workshops, with free community concerts as culminating projects
  • SOLOIST on the NHSO’s primary concert series (Brubeck’s own Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra)
  • LECTURER on his lifetime as a composer and performer of new American music
  • MENTOR to aspiring creators in the NHSO’s Young Composer Project
  • ACTIVIST for relevant and reciprocal new music education with senior centers, community centers, music non-profit partners, and neighboring orchestras

Primary residency partners include Christopher Brubeck, the New Haven Public Schools, Yale University School of Music, Neighborhood Music School, Performing Arts of Northeast Connecticut, and Milford Public Schools. Many other potential project partners are currently being approached.

This residency will engage AUDIENCES of all ages and all levels of musical literacy in the diverse and excellent art created by Mr. Brubeck. Multiple opportunities to work hand-in-hand with the composer will propel participants to elevated levels of neighborhood artistic involvement and encourage them to explore new opportunities in a more diverse musical palette.

  • STUDENTS will have a raised awareness of both the American musical heritage and its future trajectory through creative adaptations of the school curriculum, as well as build strong partnerships in the community.
  • PROFESSIONAL AND AMATEUR MUSICIANS will benefit from this residency, developing enhanced performing, teaching, and career skills that will enable them to further serve local arts needs.
  • FAMILIES will enjoy contemporary American music concert experiences together, and finally, this residency will bring new music to under-served populations whose access to the arts has been limited by economic circumstances.

Built on the rewarding template pioneered by the 2012-2013 season’s 21st-century educational artist residency with Daniel Bernard Roumain, this ambitious project will unite and challenge larger and more diverse communities through their appreciation of new American music .

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NHSO Artist Residency in 2012-2013: Daniel Bernard Roumain
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Take a look at the astounding things the NHSO achieved through last season’s pilot educational artist-in-residence program with Daniel Bernard Roumain. Our current proposal is modeled on the strengths of what we accomplished, alongside thoughtful evaluation and program refinement.

Chris Brubeck – Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra (Mov’t III)
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Chris Brubeck’s Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra is not only a representative piece of the residency’s potential repertoire but also demonstrates Brubeck’s artistic excellence and musical imagination.

Start and End Dates

01/01/201505/31/2015

Location

New Haven, Connecticut

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The New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) is the fourth-oldest orchestra in America, founded in 1894. Since its inception, the NHSO has partnered with leading contemporary composers to support American music. This commitment started at our founding with Horatio Parker and continues through our recent residencies with Jin Hi Kim, Augusta Read Thomas (2009-2011), Christopher Theofanidis…

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2 responses to “NHSO Artist Residency: Chris Brubeck”

  1. The Concerto is riveting!
    -Monique Simone Rendulic

  2. Lanette Lind says:

    Love it! It has a wonderful energy – a sense of joy!

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