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.

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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.

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 

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

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

 

 

White House Performance: Spring Awakening November 18, 2015

I am so excited that the cast and musicians of the Broadway production of Spring Awakening, will travel to Washington, DC, Nov. 18 to perform at the White House as part of a convening on Americans with disabilities and the arts, described as a "celebration of diversity and inclusion."

Spring Awakening’s full cast/musicians will perform several songs from the show in the White House South Court Auditorium and lead a workshop. This event will be from 4pm -7pm ET live streamed at whitehouse.gov/live

I am looking forward to playing at the White House. Don't miss out, tune in for the live stream tomorrow.



Halloween at the Hollywood Bowl

Some pics from the last two night's shows at the Bowl. Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas live to picture with full orchestra, choir and the entire original cast who sang on the soundtrack! The legendary composer Danny Elfman as Jack Skellington at the helm with Katherine O'Hara and Paul Reubens singing along with him. I have had the honor of recording on several of Danny's movie soundtracks and it is always a treat to perform live on stage with him.

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Halloween performance at the Hollywood Bowl with Danny Elfman October 31 and Nov. 1

I am excited to be playing again with composer Danny Elfman, who will celebrate Halloween this year by bringing the music he composed for Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" to the Hollywood Bowl in a live orchestral performance conducted by John Mauceri.

The concert, which will feature Elfman performing alongside an orchestra and chorus to the stop-motion animated movie, will take place at the Bowl on Oct. 31, and Nov. 1 with a starting time set for 8:15 p.m. 

For more information and ticket sales, visit hollywoodbowl.com

 

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Host Chat Live with Kelly and Michael

Kelly Ripa talked about watching Spring Awakening Broadway and raved about how good the show is. She also mentioned me as the music coordinator during their host chat on Monday September 28, 2015. Check it out - click on the link or image below to view the video.

Host Chat Monday, September 28, 2015



Spring Awakening On Broadway Reviews

Spring Awakening on Broadway is well on it's way and has received so many great reviews. Here are a few...

“Spring Awakening’ by Deaf West Theater Brings a New Sensation to Broadway! A first rate production of a transporting musical! ”

— The New York Times September 27, 2015

Read more - The New York Times Review


“Spring Awakening A-”

— Entertainment Weekly

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Electrifying and exhilarating: a sheer triumph”

— Associated Press

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“Revelatory and moving. An original all its own”

— Newsday

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“An uplifting feast for the eyes and ears”

— USA TODAY

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“Brilliant and beautiful! ”

— New York Magazine

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“Sign Language and Song Intertwine in Deaf West’s ‘Spring Awakening’ *****”

— NBC New York

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“Deaf West Theatre’s production of Frank Wedekind’s play isn’t the radical reimagining it’s billed as but has something to say about modern communication. ****”

— The Guardian

Read more - The Guardian



Video: NY Theater Music Festival

In July I performed in a one-night-only concert celebrating the Pultizer and Tony-winning Next to Normal.  I originated the violin role for this magnificent musical and this concert combined Tom Kitt, the composer, on piano with cast and band members from all the past productions of the show. Here's a video from that performance.

The New York Musical Theatre Festival presented Tom Kitt and Friends, a one-night-only concert celebrating the Pultizer and Tony-winning Next to Normal which originated at NYMF as Feeling Electric. On hand were Alice Ripley, Jennifer Damiano and Louis Hobson from the Broadway cast, Amy Spanger, Joe Cassidy, (both from the 2005 Feeling Electric cast), Ben Schrader (the 2002 workshop cast) and more who sang iconic tunes like "Superboy and the Invisible Girl" and "I Miss the Mountains" as well as cut songs like "Blue Skies and Sunshine" and "Growing Up Unstable." The band featured Christian Hebel (violin), Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf (cello), Brian Hamm (bass), Trey Files (drums), Eric B. Davis (guitar) and Kitt himself on piano. 

Spring Awakening on Broadway

I was so honored to be part of the Deaf West Theater’s production of SPRING AWAKENING in Los Angeles, which floored the critics when it premiered in California. Now this brilliant production is coming to Broadway in New York!  I am on the creative team as Music Coordinator and will also be playing violin on stage in the show every night. 

Deaf West’s innovative new production takes this already revolutionary musical to electrifying new heights by choreographing sign language into the production, intensifying the rift between the lost and longing teenagers and the adults who refuse to hear them. Directed by Michael Arden, Deaf West’s SPRING AWAKENING is full of knockout performances, explosive music and soul-stirring emotion, but it’s only on Broadway through January 9.

You don't want to miss this limited 18 weeks Broadway run of this spectacular show. Opening night for previews is on September 8, 2015 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.  Opening night is on September 27, 2015. For more information, visit www.springawakeningthemusical.com.

 For tickets, click here 

Christian Hebel at NY Theater Music Festival

I am looking forward to playing violin for Next to Normal during the New York Musical Theater Festival. For one night only, the show will take place at PTC Performance Space (555 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036) on Monday, July 13 at 8:00 pm. 

Broadway's Next To Normal, which won the Pulitzer in 2009, originated in 2005 at NYMF as Feeling Electric which I was a part of. I had the honor of  originating the violin music in both Feeling Electric and Next to Normal. 

Tickets are available now at www.nymf.org/tickets.

For more information, go to www.nymf.org

 

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