Bruce Adolphe


b. 1955 Bruce Adolphe, composer, author, and educator, has composed music for some of the best performers in the world. Itzhak Perlman commissioned the Bitter, Sour, Salt, Suite, eight short movements and comic poems about food, which he performed at Avery Fisher Hall, the Kennedy Center, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and recently recorded for Telarc. Mr. Perlman also recorded Adolphe’s Marita And Her Heart’s Desire with members of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Adolphe’s new poems for “Carnival of Animals” on the disk, Classical Zoo. An die Musik’s commission of Adolphe’s humorous Little Red Riding Hood for narrator and chamber ensemble proved so successful that the organization commissioned him to write a comic version of Goldilocks for them. The two works are expected to be paired on CD featuring Dr. Ruth Westheimer as narrator. Other renowned performers who have played Adolphe’s music include clarinetist David Shifrin, the Beaux Arts Trio, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Brentano, Miami, Mendelssohn, and Orion String Quartets. Adolphe’s operas Mikhoels The Wise and The False Messiah were premiered at the 92nd Street Y. The Tell-tale Heart is based on the story by Edgar Allen Poe and his children’s opera, The Amazing Adventures Of Alvin Allegretto, was written for the Metropolitan Opera Guild. He has served as Composer-in-Residence throughout the USA including Chamber Music Northwest, Music from Angel Fire, La Jolla Chamberfest, Santa Fe, Pensacola, and Grand Canyon Chamber Music Festivals, and Bravo! Colorado. His scores for films include , music for the permanent documentary at the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. As Music Advisor and Education Director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1992, Adolphe gives pre-concert lectures in Alice Tully Hall, directs the educational outreach programs, teaches the popular seminar Inside Chamber Music, programs and hosts the Meet the Music! family concert series, and works with David Shifrin in the programming of contemporary music. Adolphe has served on the faculties of The Juilliard School and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and as Visiting Lecturer at Yale. In addition to his educational work at Lincoln Center, he continues to work in community outreach programs throughout the USA, including extensive programs in New Mexico, California, Oregon, Florida, Kansas, New Jersey, and New York. Adolphe has authored three books, The Mind’s Ear: Exercises For Improving The Musical Imagination For Performers, Listeners, And Composers, published by MMB Music, Inc., Saint Louis, MO; and What To Listen For In The World and Of Mozart, Parrots, and Cherry Blossoms In The Wind, pUblished by Limelight Editions, New York City. The CD Turning, Returning, features four of his chamber works recorded by the Brentano String Quartet with pianist Marija Stroke. l7arry On, Caramoor! a suite for narrator and orchestra was premiered at the opening of the Caramoor International Music Festival 1999. SylVia McNair premiered A Thousand Years Of Love for voice and piano and The Purple Palace, a narrated work for family audiences, was written for and premiered by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Adolphe has co-founded Polly Rhythm Productions, a company that creates and produces inspiring musical and educational repertoire for kids and families. He lives in Manhattan with ‘-‘~ wife, pianist Marija Stroke, their daughter Katja, and Polly Rhythm, the opera-singing p-drrot.



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