Dr. B Music Theory YouTube Channel

 
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I made up the icon logo when I was an undergraduate student to sign my compositions; I forgot about it for many years but decided it was time to unveil it to the world.
 
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The banner has a number of elements that tie into my teaching music theory at a college: 1) The background is a chalkboard, 2) "Dr. B" is in a collegiate font, 3) the ampersand is very close to a treble clef.
 
Please subscribe and share my YouTube channel with anyone interested in music theory; there are 47 videos, each indexed by topic. It has felt great to see how useful people have found them.
 
Many thanks to http://www.rachaelcolmandesigns.com.
 
 
"Dr. B Music Theory" series of 47 videos is on YouTube. Perfect for high school students taking A.P. Music Theory, first year music majors, and anyone who wants to understand how to compose and arrange.

Edith Piaf

This week has been a blast practicing the closing number for the upcoming concerts on February 22 and 23. "Paris Bouquet" by PHILIPPE PORTEJOIE for 3 saxophones and piano is a medley of songs made famous by French cabaret singer Edith Piaf, and includes this tune:

French-American Musical Exchange Flyers

We just got postcards/flyers for the two upcoming "French-American Musical Exchange" concerts in February. If you want one or would like to pass some along, just contact me and I'll get them to you!

Interview on The Jack Price Radio Show

You can listen to me talk about Allison Brewster Franzetti, Don Batchelder, Mitch Kriegler, The Hudson View Gardens Performing Arts Group (“PAG”), Kean University, Hillside New Jersey, Chamber Music America, Bob Aldridge, Ithaca College, Steven Mauk, Bill Berz, Paul Cohen, Ben Webster, John ColtraneMichael Brecker and Clint Eastwood in my interview with Jack Price below!

Call for Scores

The Quiet City Chamber Ensemble received 22 compositions in our first Call for Scores and reviewed all of them during two 5 hour rehearsals last week. We are excited to announce our winner next month!

QCCE Call For Scores!

Student composers (any age/nationality): no-fee call for trios or quartets from sax, tpt, cl, pno. Email by 1 aug. 

More Ragtime!

QUIET CITY CHAMBER ENSEMBLE trumpet player Don Batchelder did this wonderful arrangement!

Scott Joplin

THE QUIET CITY CHAMBER ENSEMBLE recently added some rags by Scott Joplin to their repertoire; here is a video from a recent performance:
 

Attending a Jazz Festival as the Clinician!

I'm looking forward to being this year's clinician at the 18th Annual LIBERTY JAZZ FESTIVAL this weekend. For more information click HERE.

Your Name in lights!

I had a great performance on Sunday. It was a nice surprise to see our ensemble's name on the marquee, but next time I want it in lights!

Boosey News October 2013

Boosey News October 2013 mentions my music and provides links to my CD! CLICK HERE OR AN IMAGE BELOW TO GO TO THE WEBSITE:

Photos with MATT FINLEY & RIO JAZZ

MATT FINLEY & RIO JAZZ, Rogers Memorial Park Bolton Landing, NY. (July 30, 2013)
Photos by Andrzej (Andre) Pilarczyk
Inquiries received at: andrzejpilarczyk@albanyjazz.com
 
Click on image to go to Albanyjazz.com to see more pictures from the performance:
 

Former teacher plays my version of "QUIET CITY"

How do you honor a 25 year musical relationship? Well, here is something that I'm excited about! I studied classical saxophone at Ithaca College with Steve Mauk when I was working on my undergraduate college degree. He discovered all sorts of "holes" in my technique and approach to playing the instrument that he adeptly patched. His musicianship and clearly organized approach to teaching have served as a model for my entire career, both as a performer and educator. I couldn't be more pleased that he will be performing my version of Aaron Copland's "Quiet City" on his faculty recital this coming Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 4pm in Ithaca, New York at Ithaca College's Hockett Family Recital Hall. He graciously invited me to say a few words about the piece so I will be speaking there! Click on images below for more information:

QUIET CITY CHAMBER ENSEMBLE IN JANUARY

The QUIET CITY CHAMBER ENSEMBLE is proud to present a program featuring newly discovered music by Aaron Copland and rarely heard compositions by American composers at two venues in January, 2014.

WHERE: Hudson View Gardens (NYC), and Chappaqua Chamber Series (Westchester, NY)
WHEN: Sunday, January 19, 2014, and Sunday, January 26, 2014
See CALENDAR (click word) for more information.

I Love Emails Like This

I love receiving emails like the one I got yesterday: 
"Hello! I am writing because I heard of your wonderful performance of Quiet City on NPR from my professor. I am currently in the final stretch of my studies of music education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and am planning a recital. I have been working on Quiet City and am to the point where I need to get an ensemble together. I am curious if there is any way I would be able to perform the same arrangement you did, with saxophone and clarinets. As soon as I heard the difference of performance and feel I was mesmerized. If you have not yet released it for publication I understand but I sincerely hope that this will be able to be the version I present."
I love receiving emails like the one I got yesterday: 

"Hello! I am writing because I heard of your wonderful performance of Quiet City on NPR from my professor. I am currently in the final stretch of my studies of music education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and am planning a recital. I have been working on Quiet City and am to the point where I need to get an ensemble together. I am curious if there is any way I would be able to perform the same arrangement you did, with saxophone and clarinets. As soon as I heard the difference of performance and feel I was mesmerized. If you have not yet released it for publication I understand but I sincerely hope that this will be able to be the version I present."

He's in luck! It became available this March 2013 through Hal Leonard!

Hal Leonard and Boosey & Hawkes Release the New "QUIET CITY" to the World

The sheet music for the newly reconstructed chamber version of "QUIET CITY" is now available! Mega-music distributer Hal Leonard has them hot off the presses. As the arranger, I received six complimentary copies and had them overnighted to me on March 13 so that I could take the scores to my lecture, 'Aaron Copland’s Forgotten Score Reemerges: The original Chamber Version of “Quiet City”', at the North American Saxophone Alliance conference that weekend. Perfect timing!

What Kind of Music Do You Play To This Artwork? PART IV

This is the fourth and final part of a blog about my August 11 performance for the ABSTRACTIONS exhibit at the Perkins Center for the Arts. Artist Keith R. Breitfeller's colorful pieces seemed to "pop" out of the concrete/muted colors of the gallery. My improvisation on soprano saxophone makes use of a technique called slap tongue, which results from the release of suction in the mouth and the popping sound that the reed then produces which is then amplified as it travels through the horn.



Thank you to everyone who has listened and commented on FACEBOOK or via email. I really appreciate your participation in this musical dialogue; as an artist I find it invaluable to hear what you all have to say and what emotionally resonates with you. My next project will break new ground thanks, in no small way, to your help.

What Kind of Music Do You Play To This Artwork? PART III

Today is part three of a four part blog about my August 11 performance for the ABSTRACTIONS exhibit at the Perkins Center for the Arts in Collingswood, New Jersey. I responded immediately to the colors and texture employed by artist Keith R. Breitfeller. In the industrial style gallery these "pops" of color made a strong impression. For Keith's art works I started by playing a colorful French piece by Paul Bonneau titled "Caprice en forme de valse" which you can see and hear below.


WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU PLAY TO THIS ARTWORK? PART II

Here is part two of my four part blog about my recent performance at the Perkins Center for the Arts in Collingswood, New Jersey. My second performance location was in front of art by Allen Spencer and Deborah Imler. I started with an etude by Eugene Bozza on the alto saxophone, and followed it with this improvisation on the tenor saxophone:



Please feel free to "LIKE", comment and share this video! Also, look for part three tomorrow.

What Kind of Music Do You Play To This Artwork? PART I

I had a wonderful and gratifying musical experience on Saturday, August 11 when I performed music to accompany art. My brother is a visual artist and was part of a three person exhibition at the Perkins Center for the Arts in Collingswood, New Jersey (just outside of Philadelphia).


Please feel free to "LIKE", comment and share this video!

All Things Copland

The past two weekends have been filled with "All Things Copland". A good friend who works at the Tanglewood music festival in the beautiful Berkshires of Massachusetts, took me to their Copland Library. I asked the head librarian if there was anything a Copland scholar and fan should see; he showed me a number of scores that were bequeathed from the estate of Aaron Copland, as well as a library check out card. Note who the first person was to check out the score!

Quiet City Performed at Aspen Music Festival

I was excited to see the prestigious Aspen Music Festival programmed my chamber version of QUIET CITY on July 2! It was performed by some of their top students!

New Photos of the QUIET CITY CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

Thanks to Jason Miller of the Office of Community Relations and Graphics at Dutchess Community College for taking these photos of the QUIET CITY CHAMBER ENSEMBLE before our performance there on April 14, 2012.

Click "Read More" for another photo.

Ross Amico of WWFM

Ross Amico of radio station WWFM kindly sent me a link their program guide so I'd know he played my recording of QUIET CITY at 9:15am yesterday morning!

Aspen Music Festival

WHAT'S NEW: I was excited to see the prestigious Aspen Music Festival programmed my chamber version of QUIET CITY on July 2! It will be performed by some of their top students!

New Pages: VIDEOS & QUIET CITY CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

WHAT'S NEW: I have a new VIDEOS page with three compositions performed at the CD Release Party.

Also, is a new page for the official ensemble that formed from the recording of that CD and live performance: the QUIET CITY CHAMBER ENSEMBLE (QCCE). Under that page I have photos, videos, a concert program, and educational programs relating to QCCE. 

Performing on Music Faculty Recital

Dutchess Community College
Dutchess Hall Theatre
53 Pendell Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Monday, February 13, 2012, 7pm
FREE

QUIET CITY listed as top classical CD of 2011

WHAT'S NEW: My recording QUIET CITY is listed under "Perry's top classical CDs of 2011" in the Charlotte, South Carolina newspaper CREATIVE LOAFING. Perry Tannenbaum writes, "I’ve probably played this recording more often, with more pleasure, than any other classical or jazz recording I’ve acquired over the last year."

WWFM with Ross Amico broadcast November 13, 2011 performance

WHAT'S NEW: Thanks to host Ross Amico and WWFM for their radio show Celebrating our Musical Communitywhich broadcast the November 13, 2011 performance of Music from Copland House, with works of Harold Shapero, Leonard Bernstein and Copland himself, including the newly-rediscovered "Quiet City," as the composer originally conceived it, for chamber ensemble, made up of incidental music for the play of Irwin Shaw, including interviews from myself and Michael Boriskin, artistic and executive director of Copland House.

NPR Weekend Edition

WHAT'S NEW: National Public Radio: Weekend Edition examined my new recording of QUIET CITY in an interview that aired November 12, 2011. With an average listening audience of 3.5 million I was excited to have so many people hear this wonderful music! You can read about and hear it by clicking below:

WSHU Interview for Copland House Performance

WHAT'S NEW: Kate Remington of WSHU Public Radio spoke with me about my upcoming concert this Sunday with Copland House. You can listen to the podcast below:


Gramophone Magazine Review

"Brellochs, a suave and elegant player, shares duties with another top-notch saxophonist, Paul Cohen, and peers who bring buoyant and atmospheric vibrancy to welcome repertoire." - Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone (Awards 2011)

Hudson Valley News and Poughkeepsie Journal

I'd like to thank the Hudson Valley News and Poughkeepsie Journal for their articles about my CD QUIET CITY and helping to promote my September 17, 2011 concert! You can read the article in the Hudson Valley News on pages 12-13 below:

Boosey & Hawkes Recommends "QUIET CITY"


WHAT'S NEW: "QUIET CITY" is recommended under new recordings in the October eNewsletter from Boosey & Hawkes. Sheet music for Aaron Copland's "QUIET CITY" (restored chamber version), concert adaptation by Christopher Brellochs, is available

November 13, 2011 Performance Update

Who: Music from Copland House with guest saxophonist Christopher Brellochs 
What: "The City at Night" featuring Copland's QUIET CITY (restored chamber version)
Where: Copland House at Merestead, 455 Byram Lake Road, Mount Kisco, NY
When: Sunday, November 13, 3 pm
More information: Contact Copland House at 914-788-4659 or office@coplandhouse.org.

New York Times Preview of Upcoming Performance

WHAT'S NEW: The New York Times reviewed on 10/16/11 a recent concert by Copland House and included a preview of an upcoming performance in which I will perform my restored chamber version of "Quiet City"!

Review of 9/17/11 Performance

WHAT'S NEW: Saturday's performance in Poughkeepsie, NY received a wonderful review from music critic Harry Rolnick!

QUIET CITY in the Press!

WHAT'S NEW: Reviews on MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL and THE ARTY SEMITE!

Performances in Poughkeepsie and with Copland House

WHAT'S NEW: Two upcoming performances of QUIET CITY!

On September 17, hear Aaron Copland’s music as never before

Concert at Christ Episcopal Church in Poughkeepsie features newly-discovered work by Copland and other rarely-heard American works

Reception follows with specially created dessert by
designer cake maker Kim Simons

Who: Saxophonist Christopher Brellochs and friends 
What: Concert celebrating the world premiere recording of music by Aaron Copland
Where: Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
When: Saturday, September 17, 7:30 pm
Tickets: $15 at the door
More information: Contact Christ Episcopal Church at 845-452-8220, and visit the CALENDAR on this website.

My thanks to Boosey & Hawkes, who publishes all of Copland's music, for helping to promote this performance! They list this concert on their website about 2/3 of the way down.

On Saturday, September 17 at 7:30 pm, saxophonist and composer Christopher Brellochs presents a concert celebrating the CD release Quiet City, a world premiere recording of music by Aaron Copland and other American 20th century composers. The concert, at Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Carroll St, Poughkeepsie, features Brellochs and his new adaptation of Aaron Copland's Quiet City. Although Quiet City has been an orchestral favorite for 70 years, Brellochs recently discovered the unpublished manuscript of incidental music to the play. He adapted the score, using the original instrumentation and restoring musical themes that have never before been heard. At this concert, Brellochs will describe his journey with this composition from incidental music to world premiere recording.

Also performing are GRAMMY-nominated pianist Allison Brewster Franzetti, New York City Opera principal trumpet Donald Batchelder, clarinetist Mitchell Kriegler, and saxophonist Paul Cohen. The program features selections from the new CD Quiet City (Sono Luminus DSL-92135). The recording features American music by Aaron Copland, Leo Ornstein, Robert Aldridge, Walter Hartley, Lawson Lunde, and Seymour Barab.

Christopher Brellochs lives in the Hudson Valley where he is a professor and chair of the music program at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY. He earned a doctorate from Rutgers University, a master's degree from New York University, and a bachelor's degree from Ithaca College. His other recordings include solo CD, Apotheosis of the Saxophone (2008).

CD REVIEW: All Music

REVIEW by V. Vasan

Quiet City is anything but quiet, dull, or boring. Saxophonist Christopher Brellochs and his fellow musicians create an extremely enjoyable album of music by Copland and other American composers to whom they wish to give exposure. The title work is poignant, with the trumpet and clarinets contributing to the melancholy, somber mood: the musicians capture a sense of seriousness and quiet gravity that is at the same time accessible to the listener. When the music turns lively, Brellochs and the others are able to shift into that emotion easily, adding the bass clarinet for more color. Brellochs has done a good job both in his performing of the work and in its adaptation. 

"A Hint of Eroticism in the City"

WHAT'S NEW: "A Hint of Eroticism in the City", is the title of an article in DER SPIEGEL Online about my latest CD. SPIEGEL is a German news magazine and one of Europe's largest publications of its kind, with a weekly circulation of more than one million! They are similar to TIME magazine.

Friday, August 12 interview on Performance Today by Fred Child!

WHAT'S NEW: Friday, August 12 interview on Performance Today by Fred Child!

CD RELEASE PERFORMANCE (September 17)

QUIET CITY CD RELEASE PERFORMANCE!

Saturday, September 17 7:30pm at Christ Episcopal Church

20 Carroll Street Poughkeepsie NY 12601 USA (845) 452-8220, Price: $15

A concert celebrating the world premiere recording of music by Aaron Copland and other 20th century composers.


WMHT (Radio play during the 7am hour on Friday, July 29)

QUIET CITY CD ON THE RADIO!

New CD "Quiet City" has been gaining significant radio play including this coming Friday, July 29 onWMHT during the 7am hour with Bill Winans. Other radio stations playing "Quiet City" includeIndiana Public Radio (July 7 & 18)Vermont Public Radio, and ABC Classic FM.

Radio Play

New CD "Quiet City" is getting significant radio play including on Monday, July 18 around 11:40am by Steven Turpin of Indiana Public Radio (click IPR microphone to listen live). You can also click on the link to "Morning Musicale" to learn more about his show and view the playlist from Thursday, July 7, 2011 when he played another track from the CD. You can listen to his interview of me by clicking the gold microphone below.

  
Other radio stations playing "Quiet City" include Vermont Public RadioABC Classic FM, and WOMR.

Indiana Public Radio - Thursday, July 7 at 10:30am

LISTEN to Indiana Public Radio at 10:30am on Thursday, July 7 as Steven Turpin will be playing the title track from my new CD "Quiet City", along with a recorded interview where he asks me intriguing questions about Aaron Copland. He will also be giving away two copies of the CD! You need the free streaming software Microsoft Silverlight installed to listen; you can easily download it from their website, so if you don't already have it make sure to give yourself a few minutes to install it.

NEW CD NOW AVAILABLE!

NEW CD NOW AVAILABLE!

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"QUIET CITY" Released Tomorrow!

TODAY'S UPDATE: "QUIET CITY", my labor of love for so many years will finally be available tomorrow!
 
What can you do to support this music?

1) Sign up for my NEWSLETTER (just to the right) to receive updates and special giveaways.
2) Visit the links below and leave some comments, a review, or just "LIKE" it.
3) Tell other music lovers by SHARING a link to Facebook, Twitter, or just email it.
4) BUY a copy for yourself and a friend!

NEW CD AVAILABLE TOMORROW June 28, 2011

1st movement of Vaclav Nelhybel's duet for saxophone and clarinet

TODAY'S UPDATE: During the recording sessions for my new CD "Quiet City", I recorded two pieces that did not fit on the finished CD - one was Vaclav Nelhybel's duet for saxophone and clarinet: "Counterpoint No.1". The first movement is now posted in the MUSIC section of this website.

Boosey & Hawkes Sheet Music and Links to CD

TODAY'S UPDATE: Boosey & Hawkes lists my CD "Quiet City" as the "RECOMMENDED RECORDING" on their website along with links where it can be purchased. The sheet music can also be ordered as "PRINT ON DEMAND", but should be available through mass publication later this year. 

"Quiet City" on Vermont Public Radio - Today 1pm hour

TODAY'S UPDATE: Vermont Public Radio will be airing my recording of Aaron Copland's "Quiet City" during the 1pm hour today on "Classical Music with Walter Parker". Click on the link below and then "LISTEN LIVE" at the top left.

"Quiet City" Promo Video on YouTube

TODAY'S UPDATE: Sono Luminus just posted a promo video on YouTube for my new CD "Quiet City". After listening to this on YouTube please click the THUMBS UP!

Musicians on Quiet City (Richard Auldon Clark)

TODAY'S UPDATE: I posted a bio for violist (and conductor) Richard Auldon Clark who performs on Walter Harley's "Lyric Suite" on my soon-to-be-released CD "Quiet City". You can read his bio here and under "BIOS - COLLABORATORS" as well as follow a "LINK" to more information.

Musicians on Quiet City (Lois Anderson)

TODAY'S UPDATE: I posted a bio for pianist Lois Anderson who performs on Walter Harley's "Lyric Suite" on my soon-to-be-released CD "Quiet City". You can read her bio here and under "BIOS - COLLABORATORS" as well as follow a "LINK" to more information.

Paul Cohen - teacher, mentor, collaborator

TODAY'S UPDATE: I posted a bio for former teacher, present friend and mentor, and now collaborator on soon-to-be-released CD "Quiet City" - Paul Cohen. It has been a privilege to work closely with him on this CD. You can read his bio in my "BLOG" and under "BIOS - COLLABORATORS". There are also "LINKS" to his publishing company!

Liner notes for Robert Aldridge from upcoming CD

TODAY'S UPDATE: I added liner notes for Robert Aldridge's "Sound Moves Blues" from my soon-to-be-released CD "Quiet City". Click "Read More" to read them. The excerpt and liner notes are also posted on the "MUSIC" page!

You can pre-order "Quiet City" at:

Sono Luminus logo  

Robert Aldridge's "Sound Moves Blues" (excerpt) posted

TODAY'S UPDATE: Composer Robert Aldridge wrote a dynamic and exciting piece called "Sound Moves Blues" for clarinet, alto saxophone, and piano which I recorded on my soon-to-be-released CD "Quiet City". If you visit the homepage of my website it should be the first thing you hear; the excerpt is also posted on the "MUSIC" page!

QUIET CITY added to Naxos Library

TODAY'S UPDATE: "Quiet City" will be available through the Naxos Music Library, an invaluable resource for universities, music schools, public libraries, schools, music professionals and collectors.

"Quiet City" CDs available for Pre-order

TODAY'S UPDATE: I just received the physical CDs today for "Quiet City" and I am happy to say the disc looks and sounds great! You can pre-order it at AMAZON.COM or SONO LUMINUS. Please click "READ MORE" and then "SHARE" to tell others about this CD.

Boosey & Hawkes Sheet Music

TODAY'S UPDATE: Never before heard music by Aaron Copland will be available soon! Leading sheet music publisher Boosey & Hawkes lists my adaptation of the original incidental music from "Quiet City" for the original instrumentation in their catalog. I am currently doing a second round of proofreading for the sheet music and the recording will be out in less than three weeks! Please click on the following to see: AARON COPLAND

Musicians of Quiet City (piano)

Having worked together with Allison Brewster Franzetti on many performances and masterclasses I was overjoyed that should could lend her talents to my latest CD "Quiet City".

Musicians of Quiet City (clarinet)

TODAY'S UPDATE: Clarinetist Mitchell Kriegler plays with the New York City Opera and I had the pleasure of collaborating with him on my CD "Quiet City". You can find it by clicking on "Read More" as well as in BIOS. Don't forget to sign up for the newsletter for more updates and CD release events!

Musicians of Quiet City (trumpet)

TODAY'S UPDATE: I posted a bio for Donald Batchelder who contributed superb trumpet playing to my upcoming CD "Quiet City". You can find it by clicking on "Read More" as well as in BIO and LINKS. Don't forget to sign up for the newsletter for more updates and CD release events

Musicians of Quiet City (the photo)

TODAY'S UPDATE: I posted a photo of the amazing musicians who recorded never-before-heard music of Aaron Copland with me for my upcoming CD "Quiet City". You can find it by clicking "Read More" and in PHOTOS - QUIET CITY.

Liner notes for Seymour Barab from upcoming CD

TODAY'S UPDATE: Here is the section of the liner notes about Seymour Barab, also posted on the MUSIC page under yesterday's audio update - the first movement from his Suite for Trumpet, Alto Saxophone, and Piano. The entire piece is included on my soon-to-be-released CD "Quiet City". Don't forget to sign up for the newsletter for more updates and CD release events!

Track from soon-to-be-released CD "Quiet City"

Today's daily countdown update is the first movement of Seymour Barab's Suite for Trumpet, Alto Saxophone, and Piano. The entire piece is included on my soon-to-be-released CD "Quiet City". In addition to being a composer Seymour is also a cellist. I had lunch with him in January and he asked me to tell him more about myself. I mentioned that I lived in NYC for eight years and played at Birdland a few times, at which point he interrupted me saying, "I've played at Birdland...with Bird!" I felt it was time for me to stop talking and just listen.

Upcoming "Quiet City" CD: back tray card

TODAY'S UPDATE: I am posting the back tray card for my upcoming CD in my BLOG and PHOTOS as the first daily update counting down to the release date. Those with an astute eye for detail will notice the mistake in the image on Amazon, where you can pre-order the CD; the record company had to send the cover and back tray to distributors before we caught the mistake! Don't worry, it will be correct on the CD you order!

New CD to be Released

NEW CD TO BE RELEASED June 28, 2011. Sign up for the NEWSLETTER (just to the right) so that you can receive updates on CD release events and special giveaways. Daily updates begin Monday, May 30 and countdown to the release date. Please click "Read More" below to comment and share posts.
Links to new CD already up:

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Recording Contract

I just received a recording contract from Sono Luminus to release "Quiet City". They had seven of their releases receive Grammy nominations last year and one winner.

QUIET CITY CD

I have been speaking with a few different record labels as well as investigating the pros/cons of releasing my latest CD myself. I am hoping that it will be out in late February.

Update on upcoming new CD "Quiet City"

Music for my upcoming CD "Quiet City" has been recorded and should be released in January 2011. Check this website periodically for information on the CD release party.

Monday, November 1 - DCC Music Faculty Recital

DUTCHESS COMMUNITY COLLEGE The Performing, Visual Arts and Communications Department presents a Music Faculty Recital Monday, November 1, 2010 at 7 PM Free and open to the public Dutchess Community College Dutchess Hall, Betty and James Hall Theatre 53 Pendell Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Tuesday October 5 - Pone Ensemble with guest Christopher Brellochs

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 8:00 p.m. McKenna Theater SUNY-New Paltz 7pm pre-concert lecture by Christopher Brellochs. All-Copland Program: Appalachian Spring (13-instrument chamber version) Edward Lundergan, conductor The Quiet City (newly-reconstructed version for trumpet, saxophone, clarinet and piano by Christopher Brellochs, Instructor of Music and Program Chair, Dutchess Community College) Old American Songs (Kent Smith, baritone; Ruthanne Schempf, piano)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2ND, Jazz New Year Benefit Concert

First Hebrew Congregation 8:30pm 1821 Main St. Peekskill NY USA 914- 739- 0500 for reservations Price: $25 Christopher Brellochs - sax Mark Tonelli - guitar Dan Pierce - bass Andy Polay - drums

PRESS RELEASE: Previously Unheard Music by Aaron Copland Available for the First Time

Audio excerpt of "Quiet City" available under "Music".

The Copland Estate and Boosey & Hawkes (Copland’s Publisher) have recognized the unique value and authentic nature of a new concert version of Aaron Copland’s Quiet City, and will be adding it to their catalogue in spring 2010.

Accomplished saxophonist, scholar, and teacher Christopher Brellochs currently has the exclusive right to perform and record this new version of Quiet City and is excited to share this amazing music with audiences. This historically relevant piece has taken an intriguing journey from incidental music to the concert stage. For the first time ever we can examine and enjoy one of the most beloved masterpieces by an iconic American composer in its entirety and for the original chamber ensemble.

In 1939 Aaron Copland composed incidental music for a play by Irwin Shaw called The Quiet City. The play was cancelled after two tryout performances. Although the original manuscript has never been published, it yielded material for two works. First was the well-known concert version of Quiet City (1940) for trumpet, English horn, and string orchestra; second was the Academy Award nominated film score to Our Town (1940). Both works utilized only a portion of the original music. Coinciding with the seventieth anniversary of Copland’s orchestral version of Quiet City, there is a new concert version by Christopher Brellochs that includes all the musical material from the unpublished manuscript and preserves the original chamber ensemble of trumpet, alto saxophone, Bb clarinet (doubling with bass clarinet), and piano. This is not an arrangement but a new adaptation including previously unheard, original music.

Dutchess Community College Faculty Recital

Performing on a Faculty Recital at the Dutchess Community College Theatre, Monday, November 23, 2009, 7:30-8:45pm. Free and open to the public. Also performing are Bonnie Ham, Heeja Questad, Suzanne Clune, Roy Coates, Ruthanne Schempf, Richard Devins, Vito Speranza, Larry Ham, Lou Pappas, and Scott Drewes.

Upcoming Events

THURSDAY (11/5): Recording session with Rutgers Wind Ensemble, 3:55-10pm. FRIDAY (11/6): Recording session with Rutgers Wind Ensemble, 5-9pm. SATURDAY (11/7): Jazz gig at the Beanrunner Cafe in Peekskill, NY, 8-10:30pm.

Apotheosis of the Saxophone available on iTunes & Rhapsody

iTunes Download music and more. http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=305502747&s=143441 RHAPSODY Millions of songs, online radio, downloads, music videos, playlists, photos, latest music releases. http://www.rhapsody.com/christopher-brellochs/apotheosis-of-the-saxophone CD BABY Leading distributor for independent music. http://cdbaby.com/cd/brellochs

Interview in the Saxophone Journal

The May/June 2009 issue of the Saxophone Journal features a cover photo and in-depth interview. http://www.dornpub.com/saxophonejournal/SaxJMayJune2009.htm

RECITAL AT CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH SATURDAY, APRIL 25

3-5pm Master class at Dutchess Community College “How to Accompany and Work with an Accompanist” featuring DCC students Free and open to the public 53 Pendell Road, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601 Dutchess Hall 217, http://www.sunydutchess.edu/aboutdcc/campusmap/ 7:30pm Recital at Christ Episcopal Church Allison Brewster Franzetti and Christopher Brellochs $12/$6 discount for students who attended the above master class 20 Carroll St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 http://www.lauraramseyrussell.com/MusicChristChurch_3.html For more information contact: Dr. Christopher Brellochs Chair of the Music Certificate Program Department Supervisor of Music (845) 431-8625 cb@christopherbrellochs.com 2008 Grammy® Nominee for Best Instrumental Soloist without Orchestra, pianist Allison Brewster Franzetti has received international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for her stunning virtuosity and musicality, both as a soloist and chamber musician. She joins saxophonist Christopher Brellochs for an evening of music.

SOLO CLASSICAL SAXOPHONE CD RELEASE

"Apotheosis of the Saxophone" Christopher Brellochs, soprano and alto saxophone SoHee Lee, Ying C. Chen, Stella Chia-Shan Cheng, piano A transformation of music written for classical saxophone and piano into an experience of the sublime; contains works by French and American composers. $11.99 CD/$9.99 MP3 Download
CHRISTOPHER BRELLOCHS: Apotheosis of the Saxophone

32nd International Saxophone Symposium

Classical Saxophone Recital & M. Zachary Johnson Lecture Performance FRIDAY, JANUARY 23RD, 2009 SATURDAY, JANUARY 24TH, 2009 George Mason University, Harris Theatre - 4:30pm 4400 University Drive Fairfax VA 22030 USA Price: Free Symposium: http://www.navyband.navy.mil/saxophonesymposium.shtml 
 Directions: http://www.gmu.edu/welcome/Directions-to-GMU.html 
 Fairfax Campus Map: http://eagle.gmu.edu/map/fairfax.php?building=performing_arts_building SEE CALENDAR FOR MORE DETAILS

Musical Director and Conductor for the children's opera "Brundibar"

Performing Arts Department/ Masquers Guild Play:"Brundibar" Friday - Sunday November 14 -16 In BRUNDIBAR, a brother and sister join forces with some talking animals and a throng of children to outwit the sinister organ grinder, Brundibar, and earn enough money to buy milk for their sick mother. Performed 55 times by the children of the Terezin concentration camp, this inspiring work proved to be a powerful protest against the Nazis and continues to provide the timeless message that good can overcome evil. Performances are at the James and Betty Hall Theatre Friday, November 14, at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday November 15 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 16 at 2:00 p.m.. $10 admission, $5 for seniors 65 and over/DCC staff/outside students, and free for DCC students. Tickets are sold at the theatre starting one hour before show times. There is open seating. For further information call 431-8696. DCC Students: Free Students & Seniors: $5.00 General Admission: $10.00 *PLEASE NOTE: The evening performance times were changed to 7pm, not 8pm as listed on the SUNY Dutchess website. http://tlc.sunydutchess.edu/calendar/event_view.asp?EID=342&ID=6 DUTCHESS COMMUNITY COLLEGE 53 Pendell Road. • Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-1595 • 845-431-8000 Dutchess Hall Theatre DIRECTIONS http://www.sunydutchess.edu/AboutTheCollege/directions.html CAMPUS MAP http://www.sunydutchess.edu/aboutthecollege/campus.html

Performance with the MZJ Ensemble

WHAT: The Inaugural Lecture-Performance of the MZJ Ensemble, showcasing works by composer M. Zachary Johnson WHEN: Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 7:30pm WHERE: The Liederkranz Society, Ballroom - 6 E 87th Street, New York City (near 5th ave) From the composer whose works have been heard in Steinway Hall and Carnegie Hall, here is a NY-based ensemble: the MZJ Ensemble. Performances include discussion of the music by the composer, examples played by ensemble members, and full performances of the works. October concert program includes: * Memorial from Two Military Pieces * Adagio for Alto Saxophone & Winds featuring saxophonist Javier Oviedo * an arrangement of Schubert's Ave Maria, and * excerpts from a new work, Portrait of a Woman Future lecture-performances at the Liederkranz on: Sun Feb 22, 2009, 2:30pm Sat May 23, 2009, 8pm Tickets: $9 online, $10 at door More info and tickets at: http://www.MZacharyJohnson.com

Jazz at the Carriage House (Ithaca, NY), July 26th

I will be in Ithaca, New York the weekend of July, 26th and performing with some great musicians at a beautiful venue! I am hoping you'll all come out to enjoy some fantastic music... Saturday, July 26 8-10:30pm Carriage House Café 305 Stewart Avenue Ithaca, NY 14850 607-645-0152 Paul Merrill – trumpet Christopher Brellochs – saxophone Steve Brown – guitar Miles Brown – bass Tom Killian – drums http://www.carriagehousecafe.com/

Appointed to full-time position at Dutchess Community College

I am very happy to announce that I have been hired as the Chair of the Music Certificate Program and Department Supervisor of Music at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, New York (about 2 hours north of New York City). I will be teaching Music Theory I & II, Aural Skills, Music History, Jazz History, and conducting the Jazz Ensemble beginning in Fall 2008. I will also supervise the adjunct music faculty and be in charge of curriculum and recruiting. I started this job search exactly one year ago and want to especially thank all the people who stuck by me during the long haul, providing me with invaluable advice and recommendations - special thanks to William Berz, Maureen Hurd, Paul Cohen, Mark Terenzi, and Zende Clark. I will be moving to the area in August, so if anyone knows the area and has any recommendations on where to live (Poughkeepsie, Beacon, etc.) and suggestions on where to look for availability, that would be great. I am looking to rent a small house or apartment; of course as a musician, being able to play music - along with fairly easy access to NYC and the area - is important.

CLASSICAL saxophone quartet and trio music

Just posted is a "live" recording of the first movement, and two variations from the second movement, of Glazounov's saxophone quartet. Also, recently added is a Christopher Brellochs arrangement of Dvorak's "Terzetto, op.74" for saxophone trio.

Lecture at Gettysburg College on Thursday, April 3rd

Christopher Brellochs lecture on "Benjamin Britten and the Saxophone" 2008 COLLEGE MUSIC SOCIETY Northeast-MidAtlantic SuperRegional Conference Gettysburg College, Sunderman Conservatory 5-5:30pm, Room 215 http://www.music.org/cgi-bin/showpage.pl?tmpl=/profactiv/conf/reg/super/ma-nehome&h=104

Upcoming Jazz Performance on Saturday March 8

I'd like to invite everyone to a very exciting performance; it will be top-notch music in a great venue! DEFTET JAZZ TRIO with guest Christopher Brellochs - saxophone Nick Esposito - guitar Joe Peterson - bass Matt Makrinos - drums Saturday March 8 9pm-2am Cover $15 THE VENUE Cecil's Jazz Club & Restaurant 364 Valley Road West Orange, NJ 07052 973-736-4800 http://www.cecilsjazzclub.com/ This is probably the best jazz club in New Jersey, and one of the top jazz spots in the NYC area, with frequent high profile musicians and artists stopping by.

Activities Update

This fall has been very busy with the beginning of a new school year and research writing. I recently submitted an article called, "Aaron Copland's Use of the Saxophone in Wind Band Repertoire" to the Journal of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles which should be published soon. There is also a concert adaption of mine currently being considered by Boosey & Hawkes for publication. I hope to have new music updates by next month!

More Links Added

Additional links to some amazing musicians have been added. If you don't already know about these people I urge you to investigate their music! More updates to follow in the coming weeks.

ChristopherBrellochs.com Launches

Welcome to the initial launch of this website. More music, photos, and news will follow in the coming week. Enjoy and please send feedback or sign the guestbook.

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