Broadway Musicians Are "Pit Stop Players" in Feb. 1 Concert of Music by Starobin, Elfman and More

News   Broadway Musicians Are "Pit Stop Players" in Feb. 1 Concert of Music by Starobin, Elfman and More
Tony Award-winning Broadway orchestrator Michael Starobin's new composition, "dream dream confronting," is on the program of a Feb. 1 Manhattan concert by the Pit Stop Players, made up of Broadway pit musicians.

Conductor Josh Rosenblum leads the ensemble of ten New York City free-lance musicians, playing pieces by Gould, Bolcom, Moravec, Messiaen, Rosenblum and Shostakovich.

Rosenblum's arrangement of Danny Elfman's theme from "Tales From the Crypt" will be heard, as will Rosenblum's "Who Knows? Maybe," which was the basis for the ballet After Dark, which was performed by the Chase Brock Experience.

Starobin won the Tony Award for his orchestrations of Next to Normal and Assassins, and the 1984 Drama Desk Award for his orchestrations of Sunday in the Park With George. His credits also include Rags, A New Brain, My Favorite Year, The Glorious Ones and more.

Here's how Symphony Space bills the concert: "Some of the best musicians in New York City can be found in Broadway pit orchestras, where they perform on a nightly basis as a crucial part of one of the world's greatest forms of entertainment. Now, this exciting new chamber ensemble provides the opportunity for Broadway musicians to take center stage, and play a broad range of stimulating and captivating works from all over the musical spectrum.

"Led by conductor-composer Joshua Rosenblum, the ensemble is comprised of some of New York's top freelance musicians, commonly regarded as the best instrumentalists in the world. With its unique mission, exciting repertoire, and broad appeal, the Pit Stop Players are poised to take their place at the cutting edge of New York's cultural landscape." The Pit Stop Players are Ed Matthew (clarinet), Chris Jaudes (trumpet), Dan Culpepper (horn), Robin Zeh (violin), Paul Woodiel (violin), Danielle Farina (viola), Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf (cello), Garah Landes (piano), Jeff Carney (bass), Greg Landes (percussion) and Joshua Rosenblum (piano and conductor).

Rosenblum anticipates presenting three concerts per season with the Pit Stop Players, and said that nearly any genre is fair game for their programs, including traditional and contemporary classical, jazz, rock, fusion and film music. However, the primary emphasis will be on new compositions and arrangements, written and orchestrated specifically for the group.

Rosenblum, who was trained as a classical pianist, has led the orchestras for 13 Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, including Wonderful Town, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Music Man, Miss Saigon and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He is also the composer-creator of Bush Is Bad, the Off-Broadway satirical revue, and the composer/co-lyricist of Fermat's Last Tango and Einstein's Dreams. His instrumental music has been recorded on two CDs: "Impetuosities" and "Sundry Notes," both on the Albany Records label. He teaches Composing for Musical Theater at Yale University, his alma mater.

The performance is at 7 PM Feb. 1 at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. Tickets are $25 (or $20 for members).

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