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Over the forty years of his professional career, Arthur B. Rubinstein has composed and conducted music for film, theater and the concert stage, in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Rome and Berlin.
As Music Director of Symphony In The Glen since 1993 to the present, Maestro Rubinstein has conducted some fifty free concerts with a repertoire of over two hundred works, ranging from Baroque to Beethoven, Puccini to Piazzolla, Rossini to Reveultas---including several World and Los Angeles premiers of new and rarely heard works.
Currently, Rubinstein is working on three separate projects for the legitimate theatre. Most recently he composed the music and collaborated on lyrics for a musical adaptation of Leonid Andreyev's tale of love and revenge in the circus, He Who Gets Slapped. The musical had its initial production in 2004, at the Hubbard Hall Theatre in Cambridge, New York and will be revived at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, CA in 2010. In addition, Rubinstein is collaborating with author and playwright Noble Smith to adapt Smith's highly original and delightfully funny novel Stolen From Gypsies into a comic opera. Also in the works is a new version of the musical Booth Is Back In Town, with Austin Pendleton (book) and Gretchen Cryer (lyrics).
Since moving to Los Angeles in 1980, Rubinstein has composed original music for more than 200 motion pictures and television presentations, most notably WarGames, Whose Life Is It Anyway?, Blue Thunder, Stakeout, and Lost In America. Among Rubinstein's many television credits is the score for Shooting War, the critically acclaimed primetime documentary about WWII newsreel cameramen for ABC Television, produced by Stephen Spielberg and narrated by Tom Hanks. His music for the CBS series Scarecrow & Mrs. King earned him an Emmy Award for original composition.
Among Mr. Rubinsteinís concert works are Octet for Percussion, commissioned by the Berlin Jazz Festival and Breugel: Dance Visions, a four-movement suite for tuba and chamber orchestra, commissioned and recorded by Jim Self for his solo album, Changing Colors. In 2001, Rubinstein composed Metromorphosis, a three-movement symphonic suite which he describes as a ďmusical portrait of the evolution of Los Angeles from desert to teeming metropolisĒ, and in 2003 he composed DreamCycle, for solo violin, soprano saxophone, percussion, and strings. Both works were premiered by Symphony In The Glen.
Before moving to Los Angeles, Rubinstein served as Musical Director for a number of Broadway musicals, including Jesus Christ Superstar and A Chorus Line. During this period he also began composing original music for the theater, serving as Composer-In-Residence for the American Conservatory Theater, the Williamstown Theater Festival, the Long Wharf Theatre, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and the Ravinia Festival. His work also brought him to the ballet where he arranged and orchestrated the score for the Joffrey Balletís Charbriesque.
Rubinsteinís theater conducting career in Los Angeles has included A Chorus Line and Evita, at the Shubert Theater, and Gordon Davidsonís 1991 production of A Little Night Music at the Doolittle Theater, for which Rubinstein received a Drama-Logue Award.
Rubinstein attended the High School of Music & Art and earned his Bachelor of Music degree at Yale University. Growing up in New York, his greatest influences were his grandfather, Naftule Brandwein (the famous Klezmer clarinetist), Leonard Bernstein and Phil Rizzuto (whom he had hoped to replace as shortstop for the New York Yankees). His daughter, Alexandra Nan Rubinstein-Ballenger, currently serves as Head Production Designer for Disney Hong Kong.
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