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Disney composer and conductor Brad Kelley '73 to appear at Olivet

Posted: Mar 06, 2013

Brad Kelley, noted producer and composer of music for the broadcast and entertainment industries, will be a visiting artist at Olivet from March 19 through 21, 2013. As part of a full schedule of appearances, classes and speaking engagements by Brad, Olivet’s Department of Music invites the public to be part of four of those events.

Tuesday, March 19, Kresge Auditorium in Larsen Fine Arts Center
• 9:30 a.m.: Question-and-answer session with Brad
• 7 p.m.: Composition recital featuring Brad along with Olivet students and faculty

Thursday, March 21
• 9:30 a.m.: Presentation during chapel service, Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel
• Noon: Lunch Series discussion led by Brad, Music Lounge in Larsen Fine Arts Center
• 7 p.m.: Night of Jazz featuring Brad along with Olivet students and faculty, Kresge Auditorium

Brad Kelley, a 1973 graduate of Olivet, has composing credits that include award-winning music for Universal Studios, Paramount Parks, McDonalds, Disney, IBM, Mazda, ESPN and Fox Television, as well as hundreds of commercials. He has 25 years of experience conducting orchestras in live and televised events throughout the United States and is the music director and conductor for "Disney on Classic," the Japan National Disney orchestra tour.

Since 1985, Brad has been recognized for his extensive work for location-based entertainment venues — including theme and amusement parks — in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He has composed and produced music for simulator rides, 4-D films, Dark Rides, and live theatrical and mulitmedia shows. In addition, he has a broad background in coordinating orchestral performance with multimedia such as projected image, laser and pyrotechnics.

Specializing in live concert and special-event music direction and conducting, Brad conducted the orchestra for the Grand Opening Celebration of Sea World of Texas; The 25th Anniversary Celebration at Sea World of California; the groundbreaking celebration and the 2001 Grand Opening Gala, attended by Michael Eisner and Roy Disney, for Tokyo Disney Sea.

His concert arrangements are performed regularly by pops orchestras nationwide. He is the author of numerous published collections for chorus, brass and winds, and has served as a clinician for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' "Grammy Sessions" program.

His busy recording schedule includes studios in Los Angeles, where he resides with his family, as well as London, Nashville, Tokyo, Dallas and Seattle. He is a member of ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), The American Federation of Musicians, the Conductors Guild and The Recording Academy (NARAS). He is also an artist-endorser for Mackie professional music products.

For more information or to reserve seats, contact Stan Martin at 815-928-5694 or

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