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‘Glee’ composer/arranger/music director BRAD ELLIS


Presented by Learning From Performers

Location: Adams Lower Common Room, Adams House,
How to get tickets: Admission Free: No Tickets Required


Brad Ellis will discuss his extensive work as a composer, arranger, orchestrator, and music director in television, film, musical theater, and cabaret, as well as his experience both on camera (as “Brad the Pianist”) and behind the scenes on Fox TV’s hit series GLEE. Ellis is also the featured guest performer for the Harvard Pops Orchestra concert on Saturday, April 9 at 8 pm in Lowell Hall. Tickets available at the Harvard Box Office, or by calling 617.496.2222 (TTY 617.495.1642). For more information, contact Kenneth Hammond.

Brad Ellis is best known as “Brad the Pianist” on Fox TV's hit musical dramedy, GLEE, now in it's second season, where his off-screen duties have included composing, arranging, casting, vocal coaching, live performance and musical direction including the cast's 2010 appearance at the White House. Other TV: GILMORE GIRLS, GIRLS NEXT DOOR, OPRAH, THE VIEW, THE MIDDLE, CLOSE TO HOME, INSTANT BEAUTY PAGEANT, and THE 81st ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARD OSCARS 2009 with Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, with whom he collaborated on the opening number, and received an Emmy certificate. He is currently in production with in THE GLEE PROJECT for the Oxygen Network, a reality show about finding new cast members for GLEE.

Ellis has been on the music staff of the films CHICAGO, DELOVELY, and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and an actor in the indie, TEAM APPARITION. He has conducted and performed in over 6,000 performances of more than 400 different musicals in NY, LA and internationally. He orchestrates for the LA Philhamonic, the Hollywood Bowl, the Boston Pops, and the Philadelphia Orchestras, and has made music with Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, Scarlett Johansson, Scott Bakula, Salma Hayek, Marisa Tomei, Marissa Jaret Winoker, Jennifer Garner, Victor Garber, Taraji P. Henson, Lucy Lawless, Teri Hatcher, Paul Williams, John Raitt, Peter Nero, John Lithgow, Andrea Marcovicci, Jeremy Irons, Ken Howard, John C. Reilly, John Stamos, Christoph Eschenbach, Patti LuPone, Arianna Grande and Kristin Chenoweth.

Ellis has written original music and lyrics for off-Broadway shows including PLAID TIDINGS, THE TRUTH ABOUT RUTH, JEKYLL IN CHAMBER, WHOOP-DEE-DOO and TIN PAN ALLEY RAG, a 2009 hit for the Roundabout, for which he also created the arrangements and orchestrations. As an actor and pianist, he has performed with Angela Lansbury on Broadway and in LA in THIS IS ON ME, the Dorothy Parker cornucopia; off-Broadway in NY as well as Boston and LA in FORBIDDEN BROADWAY (seven years!), at the Hangar Theater in Ithaca for the world premiere of  LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND and in Los Angeles in FORBIDDEN HOLLYWOOD and WHEN PIGS FLY. He was a cabaret pianist and performer in NY in the 1990's, winning a Bistro Award from Backstage magazine in 1992.

Currently, ELLIS AND ALYSON, a comic cabaret show he performs with his wife, jazz pixie Eydie Alyson, appears at Catalina Bar and Grill, the M Bar, Michael Feinstein's Cinegrill at The Roosevelt, The Gardenia, Masquer's, Barre at Vermont, and around the country for corporate events, with guest star rosters including Jason Alexander, Brent Spiner, Daisy Eagan, and Stephen Kramer Glickman. He has been the leader and conductor on 35 albums for RCA, DRG and Varese Sarabande, including three jazz discs with THE BRAD ELLIS LITTLE BIG BAND, and the L.A. Phil's album, UNEXPECTED DREAMS. In the last few months, Ellis has been profiled by CNN, NPR, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, People Magazine and The Boston Globe.