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First Name: Bruce
Last Name: Levine
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Bio: Bruce Levine's career as a composer and as an oboist, specializing on the English Horn, began simultaneously and both skyrocketed in tandem. Within a year Bruce was playing under such renowned composer/conductors as Gunther Schuller and Elie Siegmeister and with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood under Sir Adrian Boult. Then to Broadway in the original cast of Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead, then to the National Symphony in New York, on call for the New York Philharmonic and, after a private audition with Leopold Stokowski, the American Symphony. And he was steadily turning out new compositions. Leonard Bernstein said of his early works that they evinced "real musicality!" and they rapidly began appearing on concert programs at Tanglewood and other venues around the U.S. Marrying his classical work with the theatre his works have been performed at Lincoln Center, Broadway and Off-Broadway. His songs have been recorded in New York and London (with the London Symphony as the back-up orchestra) in addition to writing the feature song Five Fingers for Sesame Street as well as choral arrangements for Quincy Jones, Chuck Mangione, Barry Manilow and Stevie Wonder. At nineteen Bruce became the youngest musical director in the history of Broadway and as a conductor/pianist he has worked with Allen & Rossi, Michael Amante, Claire Barry, Orson Bean, Laurie Beechman, Betty Buckley, Brett Butler, Red Buttons, Charlie Callas, Cab Calloway, John Carradine, Jack Carter, Arlene DeMarco, Teresa DeZarn, Joey Faye, Fyvush Finkel, Ian, Finkel, Bob Fitch, Four Aces, Four Lads, Patricia Heaton, Allan Jones, Julius LaRosa, Liz Larson, Mal Z. Lawrence, London Lee, Peter Lemongello, Mayor John Lindsay, Joni Mitchell, New Chordettes, Paige O'Hara, Betsy Palmer, Cliff Robertson, Nipsey Russell, Richard Shull, June Valli, Fran Warren, Irwin C. Watson and appeared on such television shows as Entertainment Tonight and the Joan Rivers Show and, as an actor, on One Life To Live. Recent commissions include a Sonata for Xylophone and Piano for renowned xylophonist Ian Finkel and Scottish Blues for Bass Flute and Piano for British flutist Andrew Allen who recently premiered the latter work in Glasgow, Scotland and has commissioned a Vocalize for Soprano, Alto Flute and Piano. A native of New York City, Bruce lives with his wife, actress Lydia Franklin, and their dog Chauncey.
Source: Performer, 22 May 02