Get to know composer Charlie Barnett

Our opening concert, An American Tale, takes place on 10/18/2015 at 5pm. We'll be playing dance inspired music by Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland. The program also includes the world premier of Mid-Century Mambo by Charlie Barnett. 

Charlie Barnett's music is heavily influenced by jazz and vintage pop. He is best known for his work for film and television. He has written music for TV shows including Showtime's Weeds and National Geographic's Treasure Seekers. His other TV credits include Saturday Night Live, Royal Pains, and Archer. His award-winning film scores including The Appalachians (2005) and Holocaust: The Untold Story (2001). In our first video he explains how his work for film and television helps him to write music that's well suited to community orchestras. 

Barnett's piece Mid-Century Mambo is inspired by dance rhythms including mambo and Percy Faith- style pop. It brings together a sense of nostalgia and romance with a healthy dose of irony. In our next video he introduces his interest in music of the 1950s and 60s as well as some of the influences on this piece. 

Charlie Barnett regularly writes music inspired by his interest in the 1950s and 60s, but he is interested in achieving more that creating a sense of nostalgia. He wants his work to shed new light on well-known sounds. In this video he delves deeper into the combination of nostalgia and irony to be found in his music.

We have worked with Maryland composer, Charlie Barnett, several times in the last few years. In addition to performing his original music for orchestra, we have also performed jazz arrangements with his band on the concert and album Symphony Lounge.

Find out more about Charlie Barnett on his website
Join us for the concert on 10/18/2015 at 5pm at Atlas Performing Arts Center. Get tickets here.