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Alpine Adventure at the Magnificent Mondavi Center
Posted by admin on May, 31, 2017

On Mothers’ Day 2017, Concertmaster Richard Altenbach and the Auburn Symphony presented Richard Strauss‘s monumental An Alpine...
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Richard in the News… Front Page!
Posted by admin on May, 12, 2017

Ok, any publicity is GOOD publicity, right? So, that photo of me conducting a Hollywood Studio...
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Good Musical Advice from 2Oth-Century Fox Scoring Stage
Posted by admin on Apr, 20, 2017

Above an entrance to the c. 1920 Newman Scoring Stage at 20th-Century Fox is a simple declaration...
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Tip: How to Make Music Sound Good! …
Posted by admin on Apr, 18, 2017

Over my professional career as a composer and violinist, I have had the opportunity to play...
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Hooray for Hollywood … Music, That is!
Posted by admin on Apr, 11, 2017

Americans and people from all over the world, for that matter, have a lot to say...
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Harry Potter … LIVE! Defeating the “Red Light Syndrome”
Posted by admin on Apr, 07, 2017

Yes, you heard right.  Richard participated in a live concert presentation of John Williams fantastical score to...
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Richard Composes for Spike James & the Names’ new Rock Song, “An American Anthem”
Posted by admin on Apr, 06, 2017

Ok, OK, OK!  What business does a stodgy classical guy have doing string arrangements for a...
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Richard Performs with Johnny Mathis
Posted by admin on Apr, 06, 2017

An incredible experience to play back-up violin for Johnny Mathis at the Luther Burbank Performance Arts...
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Brilliant Advice on Film Scoring!
Posted by admin on Apr, 04, 2017

Just some ideas to ponder when composing music to film: “REMEMBER: IT’S CALLED THE ‘UNDERSCORE’, NOT THE...
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List of Current-“ish” Movie Projects
Posted by admin on Apr, 04, 2017

So much tinsel, so little time … What does a Tahitian goddess, a forgetful blue tang,...
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Danny Elfman & Steve Bartek – “Dead Man’s Party”
Posted by admin on Mar, 30, 2017

Richard (Violin) can be seen just behind and to the left of Danny Elfman in this...
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Richard Wins Award in the Opus Dissonus Piano Comp/-osition -etition!!!
Posted by admin on Mar, 24, 2017

Richard’s Piano work, The Jester’s Waltz, received Honorable Mention (only American awarded!) in the most recent Opus Dissonus Competition. World-renowned...
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Recent Winnings in the UK SongWriting Contest
Posted by admin on Mar, 24, 2017

In  2014, Bidwell’s Path was designated a Finalist / Instrumental Music Category in the UK Songwriting Contest. More recently, Richard’s song Warrior’s Hymn was designated...
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Getting Goosebumps
Posted by admin on Oct, 13, 2015

This “horror” (comedy) movie was a blast to work on!  Danny Elfman hitting the musical chords...
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Richard taking a walk with “The Walk”
Posted by admin on Oct, 12, 2015

Working on Robert Zemeckis‘ epic and awe-inspiring movie, the Walk, was exhilarating. Alan Silvestri’s score “soars”,...
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InConcert Sierra’s Orchestral Concert of Favorites!
Posted by admin on Sep, 29, 2015

InConcert Sierra’s attitude toward making music is truly novel: play music people want to hear! (Click...
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Richard and Kristin Chenoweth
Posted by admin on Sep, 28, 2015

September 25, 2015 Richard had the pleasure of playing with Kristin Chenoweth and her 4-man traveling band...
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Auburn Symphony Summer Concert in the Park 2015
Posted by admin on Sep, 14, 2015

Opening concert of the season for Auburn Symphony is always done in a heavily wooded park...
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Sage & Milo
Posted by admin on Sep, 14, 2015

Just finished a feature film project cryptically entitled Sage & Milo at the Barbra Streisand Scoring...
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“SJP”, or “Bridge of Spies”?
Posted by admin on Aug, 24, 2015

Powerful film by Steven Spielberg about an American lawyer (Tom Hanks) who is recruited by the CIA...
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“Finding Dory” Swimming to Theatres Near You
Posted by admin on Aug, 24, 2015

Yes, the fun(?) has begun as Disney / Pixar is in production on the oceanic sequel to...
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Randy Newman Performs in Grass Valley
Posted by admin on Aug, 20, 2015

My family enjoyed a real once-in-a-lifetime experience on June 26, 2015 – right here in Grass Valley!  The...
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A Blast Performing With Kevin Spacey!
Posted by admin on Aug, 18, 2015

   My recent trip to Sonoma County involved very little imbibing of the local grape; rather...
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UK Songwriting Contest 2015
Posted by admin on Aug, 14, 2015

In 2014, Richard’s song Bidwell’s Path was designated a Finalist / Instrumental Music Category in the UK Songwriting...
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Faerie’s Embrace hits #1 Top Celtic Song!
Posted by admin on Jun, 03, 2015

My song Faerie’s Embrace just made #1 on Broadjam’s Top 10 Celtic List!  Also hits #2...
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History Channel features portions of “The Killing of Mary Surratt” scored by Richard!
Posted by admin on Feb, 20, 2015

   It was a pleasure for me to have worked with Chris King, scoring his amazing,...
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Frozen – a new animated short
Posted by admin on Feb, 11, 2015

Just finished (last week) working on a new cartoon short based on the characters from Frozen.  I...
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Oscars 2014
Posted by admin on Jan, 26, 2015

2014 was the first year that featured a full symphonic orchestra performing 15-minute musical tributes to all...
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My Personal Experience with “The Interview” – SONY Hacking Disaster; Comedy Film, Casualty of War!
Posted by admin on Jan, 26, 2015

In late November 2014, I was at Sony studios (old MGM) recording a film scored by...
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Finalist Instrumental Music – UK Songwriting Contest 2014!
Posted by admin on Jan, 14, 2015

   (Click picture for movie!)  Photo by Dawn Simmons Bidwell’s Path has just hit FINALIST status in...
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Danny Elfman Live!
Posted by admin on Dec, 18, 2014

Halloween 2014, Richard performs “The Music of Tim Burton & Danny Elfman” at the great Nokia...
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Childish Gambino!
Posted by admin on Oct, 27, 2014

Friday, October 17 Here is a view from behind the onstage scrim – strings backing up...
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TinkerBell and the Legend of the NeverBeast
Posted by admin on Oct, 27, 2014

October 7 – 9 Performed violin for the recording sessions for a new Disney movie at...
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