Bob is the Composer, Arranger and Executive Producer of the WTTW-PBS Special, “ACHRISTMAS CAROL – THE CONCERT”. The show received a Primetime Emmy Nomination this year for “Outstanding Music & Lyrics”.
Bob Christianson is a composer, arranger, keyboard player and conductor. He was honored to have the Baltimore Symphony premier his new piece, “A CHRISTMAS CAROL – THE CONCERT” in December of 2011. This is the second of his orchestral works that has been performed by the BSO, the first being “TOO HOT TO HANDEL” which he co-arranged with Gary Anderson from an original concept by Marin Alsop. For more information on “A CHRISTMAS CAROL – THE CONCERT,” please visit www.achristmascaroltheconcert.com.
His new musical, TAKE ME AMERICA (book & lyrics by Bill Nabel) had a two month run at the prestigious “Village Theatre” in Seattle, which was the original home of the hit Broadway shows NEXT TO NORMAL and MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.
Bob was the most called upon composer for the HBO series “Sex and the City”. He was nominated for an Emmy for his music for ABC Sports, and has scored many series for the Discovery family of networks, including “Secrets of the National Parks” and “The Blue Angels – A Year in the Life”. His television credits also include this season’s “Mysteries in the Museum” (Travel Channel) and the iconic “NCAA Basketball Theme” for CBS. He has also scored “Life is Wild” (for the CW) “The Equalizer” (CBS), “Gimme a Break” (NBC) and “The Winter Olympics” (CBS).
Bob has written over 25 award winning sports themes for CBS, ESPN & ABC. He has composed and/or scored over 2000 national commercials, and hundreds of hours of television scoring.
Mr. Christianson received his bachelor’s degree from SUNY at Potsdam (Crane School Of Music), and has done graduate work in composition at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. After college, he started his career in New York as musical director/conductor for such Broadway Shows as “GODSPELL”, “GILDA RADNER-LIVE FROM NEW YORK” and “THE MAGIC SHOW”. He has played in the band and conducted SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and has played with the band, and arranged for THE DAVID LETTERMAN SHOW.
As a successful studio synthesist, he has recorded with such producers as the late, great Arif Mardin, and has recorded with such artists as Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Jan Hammer, Judy Collins, Dianna Ross & Rupert Holmes.
His orchestra works have been performed by The Baltimore Symphony, The Colorado Symphony, The Concordia Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra, and others.