WHAT'S NEW: Although the 2018-2019 academic year has ended I will continue working on my project, “Music of the Gilded Age in the Hudson Valley,” which includes research and the creation of partnerships with historic estates to perform site-specific programs in 19th century music rooms; I've completed three documentaries, and am ready to begin editing on a fourth. I will be screening the documentary from Lyndhurst on Tuesday, October 22 Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, New York at 12:30pm (see the Calendar for more information). Visit my YouTube channel to watch excerpts!
Here's an article from the October 2019 of WAG Magazine that does a wonderful job of talking about the past and future of my project "Music of the Gilded Age."
Speaking about the future I am excited to be presenting a Tea & Talk and performance at Staatsburgh State Historic Site's Mills Mansion on March 22 and April 26 (see the Calendar for more information). OLD NEWS: Here is a video from one of the documentaries I've made:
HUDSON VALLEY MAGAZINE recently ran an article that talks about what I've been doing. PATREON page for "Dr. B Music Theory" is 'live.' Support me in making new music theory tutorial videos by automatically giving any amount of money at the beginning of every month. This is a great way to learn a lot about music theory to help you as a composer, be a better performer, or just appreciate music on a deeper level. Here is the video you can see on my PATREON page when you visit:
I am excited to be teaching saxophone at Vassar College as an "Adjunct Artist." https://music.vassar.edu/concerts/ I had a successful trip to Europe this summer to the 2018 World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia to give a lecture and performance called "Gilded Age America (1870-1900): Caryl Florio and the Vanderbilts" where I discussed the 19th century saxophone compositions of Caryl Florio and their place in the larger social fabric of the United States was accepted! 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. "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. Many thanks to http://www.rachaelcolmandesigns.com who designed the banner which 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. The Crawford House
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Saturday, May 12, 2018 – 2 p.m. - Music For Mother’s Day
A selection of 19th century music by Christopher Brellochs (saxophone), Cynthia Peterson (piano) and Elizabeth Gerbi (soprano) perform the finest music from Paris, London, and America by composers like Gilbert & Sullivan, Jerome Kern, and Newburgh, New York’s own Ulysses J. Alsdorf.
Here are some pictures from summer 2015 in Paris, Strasbourg and London:
Concert at Selmer House Many thanks to Nicolas Prost for setting everything up and Florent Milhaud from Selmer for being a great host!
Master-class and Concert "SAXOPHONE AMERICAN DAY" at Conservatoire Saint-Maur Saxophone virtuoso, historian and teacher Nicholas Prost does a great job at the prestigious French music conservatory at Saint-Maur. It was an honor to hear his students, speak and perform with them.
Lecture/discussion at Vandoren House
My heartfelt appreciation to Jean-Marie Paul at Vandoren for hosting this event! Branford Marsalis was there that afternoon and I had a chance to chat and invited him to my concert the next day (he came with his whole family).
Concert at St Merri "AMERICAN SAXOPHONE PROJECT"
It was inspiring to perform in this 16th century gothic cathedral in the tourist district of Paris where the great composer Camille Saint-Saens performed! The above is before the July 4 concert with (left to right) Carl-Emmanuel Fisbach, Anne Lecapelain, Nicholas Prost, yours truly, Yves-Laurent Taccola and Jerome Laran. World Saxophone Congress & Festival
A great collaboration with Benjamin Mayer (clarinet), Clément De Martino (trumpet) and Marie Stoecklé (piano) for our performance of "Quiet City", and so many amazing saxophone performances over the six day conference in beautiful Strasbourg, FRANCE!
French-American Musical Exchange A spirit of cultural exchange brought French saxophonists Nicolas Prost and Anne Lecapelain to the United States for a collaboration with American saxophonist Christopher Brellochs, pianist Cynthia Peterson and soprano Elizabeth Gerbi featuring French composers Debussy, Ibert, and Milhaud. This French-American musical exchange continues in the summer as Christopher and Elizabeth travel to France to partner with Nicolas and Anne. See more pictures in PHOTOS. VIDEOS:
THE QUIET CITY CHAMBER ENSEMBLE recently added two rags by Scott Joplin to their repertoire; here are videos from a recent performance:
QUIET CITY ON THE RADIO! 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:
Below is an interview with Fred Child on PERFORMANCE TODAY, the most-listened-to classical music radio show in America with 1.3 million listeners weekly! To listen, you can go HERE or type "Copland Revisited" in the search bar. QUIET CITY IN THE PRESS! "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)
QUIET CITY IN INTERNATIONAL NEWS! "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. Last updated October 10, 2019.
BOOSEY & HAWKES
Boosey News October 2013 mentions my music and provides links to my CD! CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE WEBSITE
"QUIET CITY" is recommended under new recordings in the October 2011 eNewsletter.
Sheet music for Aaron Copland's "QUIET CITY" (restored chamber version), concert adaptation by Christopher Brellochs, is available.