Guest Artist Bio
Berklee-trained arranger/conductor Brent Havens has written music for orchestras, feature films, and virtually every kind of television. His TV work includes movies for networks such as ABC, CBS, and ABC Family Channel Network, commercials, sports music for networks such as ESPN, and even cartoons. Havens has also worked with the Doobie Brothers and the Milwaukee Symphony, arrang ing and conducting the combined group for Harley Davidson’s 100th Anniversary Birthday Party Finale attended by over 150,000 fans. He has worked with some of the world’s greatest orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and countless others. In 2013, Havens conducted the Malaysian Philharmonic for the Music of Michael Jackson show there and returned to Kuala Lumpur in 2014 with the Music of Led Zeppelin. Havens recently completed the score for the film Quo Vadis, a Premier Pictures remake of the 1956 gladiator film.
In 2013 he worked with the Baltimore Symphony and the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens to arrange and produce the music for the Thanksgiving Day halftime show between the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, adapting both classical music and rock songs into a single four-minute show. Havens is arranger/ guest conductor for 11 symphonic rock programs—the Music of Led Zeppelin, the Music of the Doors, the Music of Pink Floyd, the Music of the Eagles, the Music of Queen, the Music of Michael Jackson, the Music of The Who, The Music of Whitney Houston, the Music of The Rolling Stones, and, most recently, the Music of U2! Havens also premiered a full orchestral show for Lou Gramm, The Voice of Foreigner, with Lou singing out front.