Recent News

  • Commissions for compositions, arrangements and orchestrations:

    • Animation film trailer music for Colossal's "Hollywoodland."

    • London Philharmonic Orchestra recording project with Persian pop star Hafez Hazeri, based on the poetry of Rumi.

    • Boston Pops concerts entitled Tapestry: the Carole King Songbook featuring Tony-nominated Liz Callaway (the voice of Disney's "Anastasia").

    • Atlanta and Houston Symphony pops concerts featuring Broadway stars Ashley Brown and Montego Glover, conducted by Michael Krajewski.

    • National tour of The Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel featuring A.J. Swearingen, with upcoming performances by the Seattle Symphony and broadcasts.

    • National tour of David Bowie concert series entitled Space Oddity, featuring David Brighton (AXS TV), performed by Toledo Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic.

    • Lillenas Publishing contract: recent arrangement of He Sends the Snow for choir and cello was recorded in Nashville and sold throughout U.S.

  • Performances:

    • AXS TV and PBS Soundstage broadcasts: star-studded Colorado Music Hall of Fame featuring Garth Brooks, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, John Oates and Grammy-winning Gold-record artist Michael Martin Murphey, a sold-out event at Fiddler's Green amphitheater that attracted 20,000 concertgoers.

    • John Denver Tribute concerts with Jim Curry and the Pacific Symphony, Grand Rapids, Utah, Kansas City, Detroit and Akron Symphonies and Cincinnati Pops, conducted by maestro Lee Holdridge, at venues such as Irvine's Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Colorado's Red Rocks and El Portal in North Hollywood. Included artists such as Richie Gajate Garcia.

Reviews

 

PHILHARMONIC RECAPTURES ITS MUSICAL FUSION

Review by Kitty Montgomery, Kingston Daily Freeman, NY

"Kudos to the jury that had the perspicacity to select 'Fingerprints' as winner of the Davenport competition as well as its composer, young Wills, fresh from California, for a composer-in-residency with SUNY music students before the premiere of his piece by the philharmonic. From the quiet dawning of its commencement, 'Fingerprints' evokes curiosity and expectation, fresh, organic, uncontrived in its necessary unfolding. The orchestra articulates the work's expansion, attuned to the mystery of its suspense, tension and epiphany like sonic warriors on a hunt with Fleischer sustaining their involvement and edge. More than a reading, the sensitive, fulfilling performance hopefully sends this composer of vital merits a step – nay, a quantum leap – further in his personal odyssey as a great communicator from earth to infinity to us via music."

HUDSON VALLEY PHILHARMONIC OFFERS FIREWORKS, 'FINGERPRINTS'

Review by James F. Cotter, The Times Herald-Record, NY

"After intermission, the orchestra introduced Wills' 'Fingerprints: An Orchestral Odyssey.' Surprisingly, the piece begins with a deliberate thud, repeated for good measure.

Fragmented tunes flit in and out above a rhythmic double beat while four notes emerge as the unifying subject. Based on Genesis, the work echoes the big bang or thud sounding out of chaos to the sounds of creation: thunder, waterfalls, birds and treading elephants. Abstract and yet programmatic, the music offers ample food for thought and feeling in its shaping of unity out of chaos."

Testimonials

JIM CURRY, nation's leading John Denver artist

"Christopher Wills is an amazing musician. His fluid creativity in a live performance is off the charts. His musicality is tasteful and spot on, and his overall knowledge of music is that of a genius. The arrangements he has created for me have given my shows new life."

 

MICHAEL KRAJEWSKI, Principal Pops Conductor, Houston and Atlanta Symphonies

"I’ve enjoyed conducting Chris’ orchestral arrangements with orchestras across the U.S.A and Canada. He’s a skilled and creative arranger and a congenial collaborator. I must say that during the course of the rehearsals I gained tremendous respect and admiration for his arrangements. Each one is truly a gem."