Christian Hebel

Violinist Christian Hebel official website: Whether touring the world with rock and pop music legends, recording some of Hollywood’s biggest film scores, soloing with the worlds’s best orchestras, or lending his unique talent to the hottest Broadway shows, national television programs, and Grammy Award winning albums –Christian Hebel is doing just about as much as one man can with a violin.

Exciting news....THE MUSIC…THE MEM’RIES…THE MAGIC! on Netflix & CD

I'm extremely excited to share our concert event with all those who didn't make it out to one of our shows this past year. Coming to Netflix on Nov 22, 2017. Barbra Streisand in concert!!! She sounds incredible!

The concert CD will be released on December 8, 2017. The album is available in two versions: A single disc, 19-song album of memorable concert highlights, and a Deluxe 2 disc set featuring the entire concert performance. Streisand takes us behind-the- scenes while recording her recent #1 album: ENCORE Movie Partners Sing Broadway. Songs include career-spanning hits from Streisand's #1 albums, including songs from FUNNY GIRL, FUNNY LADY, YENTL, A STAR IS BORN, RARITIES, NEW MATERIAL, A SOARING DUET WITH JAMIE FOXX and more. To pre-order the CD, click here

"Love Means Zero" documentary orchestrated by Christian Hebel

It was exciting to orchestrate the soundtrack for this documentary which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). It was ranked in the Top 10 films at TIFF by The Rolling Stone magazine. The documentary will premiere on SHOWTIME in 2018.

Love means zero is a documentary about the legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri. His tennis academy for youngsters was a groundbreaking training ground for generations of professional players; his take-no-prisoners approach to mentoring helped players ranging from the Williams sisters to a comeback-era Boris Becker achieve champion-level status; and his uncanny ability to wipe his memory clean regarding decades of bad decisions and one particular devastating break-up. Documentarian Jason Kohn (Manda Bala) keeps lobbing over-the-net questions off-camera – not for nothing was he an Errol Morris protege – and Bollettieri keeps bouncing them back with "I don't remember ... that's just Nick!" It's his evasiveness and silences around star pupil Andre Agassi, however, that speak volumes about this brash figure, and why this extraordinary portrait ends up only peripherally being about the sport and all about the art of burning bridges.

Jane Goodall Movie "Jane" screening at Hollywood Bowl

 Set to a rich orchestral score from world-renowned composer Philip Glass, the one-time-only event on Monday, Oct 9, will feature a live-to-film concert performed by a 54-piece orchestra and include special appearances by Brett Morgen, Philip Glass and the legendary Dr. Jane Goodall herself. I am honored to play at the film premiere of this movie.

Philip Glass -- who has written dozens of operas, ballets, theater music, symphonies, film scores, experimental theater and more -- had extraordinary footage to work with, featuring "characters" that were loving, protective, aggressive, mourning, jealous, nurturing, just like human beings.

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Directed by Brett Morgen, who made the music doc Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, Jane chronicles the pioneering and tenacious life of Goodall, who left her home in England in 1960 to live in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania, to study and research the little-known habits and behaviors of the chimpanzee population. Morgen had access to over 100 hours of never-before-seen 16mm footage shot by Dutch wildlife filmmaker -- and Goodall's future husband -- Hugo van Lawick, who died in 2002.

Monday night marked the Los Angeles premiere of the film, held at the Hollywood Bowl, and a star-studded group came out to pay tribute to Goodall's work and share what it has meant to them. Among the premiere's attendees were Angelina Jolie, Judd Apatow, Kate Bosworth, Ty Burrell, Jamie Lee Curtis and Jane Lynch, as well as Goodall herself, now 83. The screening was also open to the general public, which sold out the venue with almost 18,000 attendees. 

I can not explain how powerful and moving it was to speak with Dr. Goodall after our concert at the Hollywood Bowl. I told her what a presence she was during my youth and how fascinated I was with chimpanzees and how she opened up human's perception of them. My mother taught me all about her life's work (which Dr. Goodall is still doing today at 83 years young). She shared with me how I should raise my son Henry and open his world up to conservation, the environment, climate change and our planet. She inscribed to him in the first book she ever wrote in 1961 and then wrote notes on the back of the book of things that I should teach Henry. She is such a Light! I love her.

New concerts in New York with Barbra Streisand

Back by popular demand - The Music… The Mem’ries… The Magic… The Encore! Two new concerts added at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY on May 4, 2017 and Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on May 6, 2017.

I am so honored and excited to be her Solo Violinist once again for the New York concerts. I hope to see you there!

For ticket information, go to ticketmaster.com

Back out on tour!

So thrilled to go back out on tour with Barbara!

We are closing 2016 with some huge shows, and also taping a concert DVD and TV special. It's always great to play her phenomenal music, and outstanding arrangements as her solo violinist. Looking forward to these shows and hanging with Barbra and the band and our crew!

Tour dates include:
November 27: Houston, TX – Toyota Center
November 30: Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
December 3: Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center
December 5: Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena

Hope to see you out there!!

Second Tour with Barbra Streisand

Following the highly successful first jaunt of Barbra's tour The Music…the mem’ries…the magic! in August 2016, Barbra will bring her legendary live performances to Houston November 27, Tampa November 30, Ft. Lauderdale December 3,  and Miami December 5, 2016. I am so honored and excited to be her Solo Violinist once again for this second tour.

Click here  or go to the "current shows" page for the tour schedule and for ticket information.  I hope to see you in one of these cities!

Halloween at the Hollywood Bowl with Danny Elfman 2016

The Nightmare Before Christmas with Danny Elfman is returning to the Hollywood Bowl for Halloween this year. This is the fourth year I have played on this show and the second year at the Hollywood Bowl.  I am excited to be playing again with composer Danny Elfman.

The performances, scheduled for Oct. 28, 29 and 30 at the Bowl, will feature an orchestra and chorus led by conductor John Mauceri performing the soundtrack to the Tim Burton stop-motion animated movie live to screen. Come join the fun and hope to see you at the bowl!

For ticket sales, click here. 

Hollywood's Night Under the Stars: MPTF 95th Anniversary / Kirk Douglas 100th Birthday

It was so awesome to have played at Hollywood’s Night Under the Stars, a celebration of the 95th anniversary of the Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF).  MPTF is a charitable organization that offers  assistance and care to those in the motion picture and television industries with limited or no resources. 

It was an evening of performances hosted by George Clooney, last Saturday night October 1, at the MPTF's Wasserman Campus in Woodland Hills, California.

Actor George Clooney, Christian Hebel in the background. Photo by Getty Images 

Musical performances included a Les Miserables medley from Jean Valjean himself, Hugh Jackman, while Derek Hough donned his tap shoes for a rendition of “Singing in the Rain.” Loretta Devine belted out “Listen” from the film version of Dreamgirls and surprise guest Kevin Spacey – an active participant in the organization – took the stage for Sinatra’s “Can I Steal a Little Love?” Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Bojangles.” Campus resident Helen Reddy’s evoked nostalgia with “You and Me Against the World” as did Johnny Mathis with his signature song, “Misty.”

But the special part of the evening was a tribute by Michael Douglas to his father, Kirk Douglas, who turns 100 on Dec. 9.  It was an early birthday celebration and I was so honored to play "Happy Birthday" for this legendary actor. 

Photo from MPTF

Actor Matt Bomer at the 95th MPTF Anniversary. Christian Hebel in the background. Photo by Getty Images 

Barbra Streisand Encore: Movie Partners sing Broadway

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of working with Barbra Streisand on her new album ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadwayfeaturing 10 new Streisand duets of Broadway classics with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood. The inspired new musical pairings on this CD album include Alec Baldwin, Antonio Banderas, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Seth MacFarlane, Melissa McCarthy, Chris Pine, Daisy Ridley, Patrick Wilson, and a spectacular virtual duet with Anthony Newley. I am so excited  for everyone to hear this wonderful CD.

The 10 track CD album is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at the Barbra Streisand Music Store. In addition, a deluxe edition of the CD is available exclusively at Target, featuring four bonus tracks by Streisand.

Track List
1. At The Ballet w/Anne Hathaway & Daisy Ridley
2. Loving You w/Patrick Wilson
3. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) w/Anthony Newley
4. The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened w/Alec Baldwin
5. Any Moment Now w/Hugh Jackman
6. Anything You Can Do w/ Melissa McCarthy
7. Pure Imagination w/Seth MacFarlane
8. Take Me To The world w/Antonio Banderas
9. I’ll Be Seeing You / I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face w/Chris Pine
10. Climb Ev’ry Mountain w/Jamie Foxx

 

Tour with Barbra Streisand August 2016

I am so honored and excited to announce I will be joining Barbra Streisand on her North American tour as her Solo Violinist.  The tour,  Barbra, The Music… The Mem’ries… The Magic! begins on August 2 until August 23. Click here  or go to the "current shows" page for the tour schedule and for ticket information.  I hope to see you in one of these cities!

Photo from barbrastreisand.com

Photo from barbrastreisand.com

Recording at Barbra Streisand Scoring Stage

Had a thrilling week in the studio with Barbra Streisand. We recorded at Sony Studios on the Barbra Streisand Scoring Stage. I do a lot of work on this stage but it's not often you get to record with the person the scoring stage is named for.

Photo by Christian Hebel

Photo by Christian Hebel

This is my fifth album I've had the pleasure of working on with Barbra and she sounds as beautiful as ever. We got to play the exquisite arrangements of Bill Ross under his baton with the brilliant Walter Afanasieff producing. The entire group of LA musicians sound gorgeous on these arrangements.  It was a true thrill.

Walter Afanasieff, Barbra Streisand and Bill Ross. Photo by Christian Hebel

Photo by Christian Hebel

Christian Hebel with Bill Ross and Walter Afanasieff. Photo by Christian Hebel

Bill Ross and Christian Hebel. Photo by Christian Hebel

Photo by Cecilia Tsan

Brooklyn's National Sawdust: Laura Nyro Night April 22, 2016

Brooklyn's National Sawdust will present an evening paying tribute to late singer-songwriter Laura Nyro April 22.

Curated by Tony winning director Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch ), Laura Nyro Night will begin at 8 PM. Mayer will also host the evening, which will feature performances by composers Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz and Jeanine Tesori, who will draw connections between their music and Nyro's. Also scheduled to perform are Tony nominees Melissa Errico and Judy Kuhn and violinist Christian Hebel. Michael Cunningham will share a special reading.

National Sawdust is located at 80 North 6th Street in Brooklyn. For ticket and event  information, click here

Wall to Wall Stephen Schwartz: April 16, 2016

 Symphony Space's annual extravaganza celebrates the music and lyrics of Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz. For five decades, his groundbreaking works have garnered him three Academy Awards, four Grammys, and a place in the Theater Hall of Fame and The Songwriters Hall of Fame. The composer and lyricist of such theatrical milestones as Godspell, Pippin, and Wicked, he has also made significant contributions to the worlds of animated film, opera, and concert music. Join us for this star-studded tribute to one of Broadway's great masters.

 I am so thrilled to be a part of this wonderful day honoring my friend and musical luminary Stephen Schwartz.  I will be performing from 5:30-8:00pm on Saturday April 16 at  Peter Jay Sharpe Theater at Symphony Space in NYC. 

For ticket information, click here

For more information about this event - click here

 

 

Artistic Director: Young Arts New York April 16, 2016

This is one of my favorite jobs each year: Artistic Director for the tremendous Young Arts Foundation.  This year I am directing the April 16 Saturday, 8pm show at Baryshnikov Arts Center.  These are the most accomplished young artists age 15-18 in the visual, design, literary and performing arts in our country.  I hope you can join us. 

For ticket information - Click here 

For information about Young Arts New York - click here

 

Grease LIVE on FOX: January 31, 2016

I'm looking forward to playing for Grease: LIVE, a live one-night musical production of the massively popular crossover musical “Grease.” In this live television adaptation of the musical classic, GREASE: LIVE will reintroduce and reimagine some of the show’s most memorable moments, great music and timeless love story to an entirely new generation.

The show will air on Sunday January 31, 2016 on FOX. Check your local listing for time in your area. It's one of my favorite musical/movie. Don't miss it!


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