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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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

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

 

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 attends YoungArts Backyard Ball

After teaching a MasterClass, I attended the YoungArts Backyard Ball on January 10, 2015. It was the culmination of National YoungArts Week, celebrating the nation’s most talented emerging artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts. 

During the evening, three prominent awardees were recognized for their invaluable commitment to the arts:

  • Jeff Koons; renowned visual artist 
  • Josh Groban; Grammy-nominated recording artist, YoungArts Master Teacher and 1999 YoungArts Winner in Theater
  • Chris Young: Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and 2003 YoungArts Winner and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, 

The evening was emceed by YoungArts Alumna and Master Teacher, actress Zuzanna Szadkowksi and included a post-dinner performance directed by renowned Tony Award-winner, dancer, choreographer and YoungArts Artistic Advisor, Bill T. Jones. The performance featured YoungArts Alumni in music, voice, theater and dance from around the nation.

For more information on YoungArts, visit their website, www.youngarts.org

Christian Hebel performing at Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton

Celebrate Halloween 2014 with Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton, a unique concert with the Hollywood Studio Symphony and choir conducted by John Mauceri at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Friday, October 31st; Saturday, Nov 1 and on Sunday, Nov 2 at the Honda Center in Anaheim. 

Christian Hebel will be performing at the concert featuring an 87-piece orchestra and 45-person choir. The orchestral performance will include music from Batman, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Alice In Wonderland and others on the program.   

Elfman himself will perform his songs from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”  He was the singing voice of Jack Skellington in the 1993 classic film.  The concert will be accompanied with large screen film clips, and the artwork of Tim Burton.

For ticket information - Nokia shows  

For ticket information - Honda Center

 

 

Barbra Streisand "Partners" Album

Christian has been in the studio the past few months recording Barbra's latest album which will be released on September 16, 2014.  Pre-order the album now at Amazon.com and iTunes .

Columbia Records has announced the upcoming release of Barbra Streisand’s “Partners” album, to debut on September 16th, 2014, featuring 12 inimitable new Streisand duets with the world’s greatest male vocalists.

Barbra took to Instagram on August 11th to announce to the world the official September 16th release date for “Partners.” All those who pre-order the album will receive a new downloadable song “New York State Of Mind,” with Billy Joel. The Lionel Richie duet of the classic “The Way We Were” will be also be made available to pre-ordering fans on August 26. The third Instant Grat track, the Michael Bublé duet “It Had To Be You,” - will be downloadable via pre-order on September 2.

The inspired new musical pairings on “Partners” include, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Jason Gould, Josh Groban, Billy Joel, John Legend, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Blake Shelton, Stevie Wonder and a breathtaking virtual duet with the King of rock n’ roll, Elvis Presley. The new album, which is executive produced by Barbra and Jay Landers, is produced by ‘Babyface’ and Walter Afanasieff.

Track listing

1. It Had To Be You (w/ Michael Bublé)

2. People (w/ Stevie Wonder)

3. Come Rain Or Come Shine (w/ John Mayer)

4. Evergreen (w/ Babyface)

5. New York State Of Mind (w/ Billy Joel)

6. I'd Want It To Be You (w/ Blake Shelton)

7. The Way We Were (w/ Lionel Richie)

8. I Still Can See Your Face (w/ Andrea Bocelli)

9. How Deep Is The Ocean (w/ Jason Gould)

10. What Kind Of Fool (w/ John Legend)

11. Somewhere (w/ Josh Groban)

12. Love Me Tender (w/ Elvis Presley)


New Videos

From Christian Hebel's solo performance with Symphoria conducted by Sean O'Loughlin in Syracuse, NY May 16, 2014; Cortland, NY May 17, 2014; and Rome. NY May 18, 2014. 

Violin soloist Christian Hebel performs Theme from Cinema Paradiso by Ennio Morricone with the Syracuse Symphony. Arranged by William Ross. Conducted by Sean O'Loughlin. May 18, 2014 Capital Theater, Rome, NY.
 
Violin soloist Christian Hebel performs Theme from Schindler's List by John Williams with the Syracuse Symphony. Arranged by John Williams. Conducted by Sean O'Loughlin. May 18, 2014 Capital Theater, Rome, NY.
 
Violin soloist Christian Hebel performs Tango Por Una Cabeza from Scent of a Woman with the Syracuse Symphony. Arranged by John Williams. Music by Carlos Gardel. Conducted by Sean O'Loughlin. May 17, 2014 Cortland, NY.
 

Violin soloist Christian Hebel performs Suite from Fiddler on the Roof with the Syracuse Symphony.  Arranged by John Williams.  Music by Jerry Bock.  Conducted by Sean O'Loughlin.  May 18, 2014  Capital Theater, Rome, NY

Concert Review: Symphoria Pops Pizazz

Syracuse.com The Post Standard

Linda Loomis | Contributing writer 
on May 17, 2014 at 2:42 PM, updated May 17, 2014 at 2:49 PM

By Abel Searor
Contributing Writer

Symphoria wrapped up its inaugural season May 16 under the baton of principle pops conductor Sean O'Laughlin, with the musicians of Symphoria taking the audience on a tour of the great film scores of the past 75 years. The concert featured internationally renowned violinist Christian Hebel and the Syracuse Pops Chorus, making the experience a triple treat for movie music fans.

The concert opened, fittingly, with the brass introducing the familiar "20th Century Fox Fanfare" followed immediately by "A Tribute to John Williams," which included themes recognizable to anyone who has set foot in a movie theater or turned on a television set. The audience responded enthusiastically to themes from "Star Wars," "Jaws," and "Indiana Jones," as well as snippets of other unmistakable Williams' offerings.

The orchestra celebrated the 75th anniversary of "Gone With the Wind" with Max Steiner's soaring "Tara's Theme" played with power and passion. Violinist Christian Hebel took the stage for a reading of "Selections from 'Fiddler on the Roof,'" as arranged by John Williams for the 1971 film. The solo was played with passion and fire but was occasionally overtaken by the orchestra. This piece had an excellent overall effect despite a few awkward transitions

The first half closed with "The Sea Hawk Suite for Orchestra," from a 1940 swashbuckling film starring Errol Flynn, with a score by German emigrant Erich Korngold. A demanding and well-articulated brass line opened the piece, but when the full orchestra came in it was difficult not to notice the lack of sound from the strings, which were easily overpowered by the winds. A charming middle section for strings and harp was played with sentimentality and gave way to a return to the opening material to end the first half with a blast.

After intermission, local artist, Robert Oddy was introduced and thanked for funds raised in a raffle of his original piece of stained glass. The raffle was won by Oddy's fellow Pops chorus member Linda Saul and raised over $15,000 for Symphoria.

"Music from Apollo 13," featuring principle trumpet John Raschella, opened the second half, followed by a strikingly similar piece from "JFK," also featuring Raschella on another mournful trumpet solo. The concert slowed considerably at this point, with little variety in the programming. Hebel performed again on "The Kiss" from "Last of the Mohicans" and "Theme from 'Schindler's List," a beautiful, melancholy dialogue between Hebel and Alina Plourde's English horn solo, which set the audience on its feet. Hebel's final piece was the sensual tango from "Scent of a Woman," which was played with precision and artistry on all fronts.

The Syracuse Pops Chorus, under the leadership of Lou Lemos, joined Symphoria for the "Forrest Gump Suite" and "Hymn to the Fallen" from "Saving Private Ryan." The chorus sang with beautiful, rich blend, adding colorful harmonies to the sound palette. Unfortunately, the over amplification distorted the overall soundscape of the pieces. Debbie Cunningham played the piano solo from the "Forrest Gump Suite" with a nuance and musicianship, truly an asset to the ensemble.

The final concert of the season ended on an energetic but rather dark note with the "Duel of the Fates" from "The Phantom Menace." The choir did well with the Sanskrit text of this rhythmic battle sequence, and strings played with brilliance, a welcome departure from the sleepy sounds of the previous several pieces.

A revitalized and revamped symphony orchestra, Symphoria wrapped up its first full season in style, offering entertainment with pizazz to the delight of patrons who enjoy the entertainment of pops concerts.

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Christian Hebel, Guest Violinist Symphoria Pops IV Syracuse, New York May 16, 2014.

Symphoria explores Hollywood old and new with this diverse program. Guest violinist Christian Hebel  shares his special talents in music from Cinema ParadisoFiddler on the RoofSchindler's List  and many others.  

The Syracuse Pops Chorus will also take to the stage for a spectacular performance of John Williams best known music!

Pops IV - Symphoria Goes to the Movies Friday May 16 at 7:30PM Crouse-Hinds Concert Theater  Sean O'Loughlin, conductor; Christian Hebel, violin;  Syracuse Pops Chorus; Lou Lemos, director

For tickets, click here 

Christian Hebel at Symphoria, additional shows announced

In addition to the May 16 show with Symphoria at the Crouse Hinds Theater in Syracuse, NY, Christian Hebel will be performing with Symphoria's Sean O'Laughlin, principal pops conductor, at the:

Cortland High School Auditorium in Cortland, NY on May 17 at 7:30pm

For May 17 tickets, click here

Rome Capitol Theater in Rome, NY on May 18 at 2:30pm. 

For May 18 tickets, click here.

Kate Baldwin, Stephanie J. Block, Christian Hebel & More Set for FIDDLER AT 50 Symphony Space Gala, 4/28

On April 28, Symphony Space will host its spring gala, Fiddler at 50, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof. The evening will honor Sheldon Harnick, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist behind the iconic musical.

Violinist Christian Hebel

Violinist Christian Hebel

The evening will be hosted by BD Wong. Performers includeKate BaldwinChristina BiancoStephanie J. BlockLen CariouLa Tanya HallClint HolmesTovah FeldshuhLinda LavinMegan McGinnisTrevor McQueenJane MonheitChristine PediAndrew Rannells, Tori Scott and Leslie Uggams. Violinist Christian Hebel will be performing the role of The Fiddler. A special presentation to Mr. Harnick will be made by Lynn Ahrens. Please note that artists are subject to change. The concert performance of Fiddler at 50 will be produced and directed by Jim Caruso and John McDaniel. The previously announced Joanna Gleason will unfortunately not be performing.

Read full article here:  Broadwayworld.com  

Christian Hebel at Young Arts Master Class

On April 3, 2014, Christian Hebel taught a master class at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in NYC for the musicians of National YoungArts Foundation, after which he posted on Twitter:

Photo by Christian Hebel

Photo by Christian Hebel

Had such a great time teaching a master class for the talented musicians of @YoungArts. You guys are going places! 

Christian is a Master Teacher for YoungArts. The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and supports the next generation of artists, and contributes to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of talented young artists in the literary, performing, visual and design arts. YoungArts provides emerging artists (ages 15-18 or grades 10-12) with life-changing experiences with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities throughout their careers to help ensure that the nation’s most outstanding young artists are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts. Support is offered in ten artistic disciplines: cinematic arts, dance, design arts, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice and writing.

For more information on Young Arts, click here

Christian Hebel to play "The Fiddler" for the 50th Anniversary celebration of Fiddler on the Roof.

Symphony Space will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic musical Fiddler on the Roof with Fiddler at 50, a gala concert honoring the show's lyricist, Sheldon Harnick, on April 28, 2014.

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Hosted by BD Wong, the evening will feature performances by Broadway veterans Kate Baldwin (Big Fish), Stephanie J. Block (Little Miss Sunshine), Len Cariou (Blue Bloods), Linda Lavin (The Lyons), Megan McGinnis (Little Women), jazz singer Jane Monheit, Andrew Rannells (Girls), and Leslie Uggams (On Golden Pond). Violinist Christian Hebel will perform the role of the Fiddler. Fiddler on the Roof, which premiered on Broadway in 1964, features lyrics by Harnick, music by Jerry Bock, and a book by Joseph Stein.

Fiddler at 50 is produced and directed by Jim Caruso and John McDaniel, and the gala is cochaired by Lenore Davis and Amy Wilson. The evening will take place at Capitale on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

Click here for more information. 

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