Web site: http://www.chrishardinmusic.com
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Chris Hardin is a composer, orchestrator, musical director and conductor. He has worked for many celebrities such as Michelle Lee, Freda Payne, Goldie Hawn, Sally Kellerman, Merv Griffin, and many more. Chris orchestrated the music for the concert production of Israel 2000, that featured Steve Allen, Roslyn Kind, Red Buttons, Lionel Hampton and Meir Finklestein performed at the Greek Theater. He also orchestrated music for the concert honoring Chayim Frenkel that featured Tovah Feldshuh at Royce Hall as well as arranging and orchestrating much of the music for the Kindered Spirits annual symphonic concert at Disney Hall.
Chris was the Musical Director for Warner Bros. production of Broadway on Sunset, introduced by Gordon Davidson and Andrea Marcovicci and directed by Stuart Ross (writer/director of Forever Plaid) with Kaitlin Hopkins and Gary Imhoff. His musical directing talents were also put to use in the sold out production of Craig Taubman's Hallelu at the Universal Amphitheatre as well as “Theo! The First 80 Years” which was a concert honoring Theodore Bikel at the Wadsworth Theater.
Chris also appears in the film, Anywhere But Here with Susan Sarandon, as well as a television episode of Mad About You featuring Mel Brooks. He has produced and performed on many CDs for various artists. His film scores include Not Again, Two Paths and On Growing Older for which he won an award for Best Original Score.
Chris' formal education includes studying composition and orchestration for film and television at UCLA and USC with such notable composers as Elmer Bernstein, David Raksin, Jerry Goldsmith, Buddy Baker and others. He was presented with an award from the Harry Warren Foundation for a symphonic composition he wrote while attending USC. His skills as an orchestrator, performer and arranger can also be heard on a CD featuring Roslyn Kind titled The Promise of Time and the symphonic CD titled A Joyful Light.
Chris is currently focusing his time on writing choral and band music for High Schools and Colleges as well as undertaking the role as Musical Director for Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show which currently opened in Las Vegas to a standing ovation from the crowd.