Chris Hardin, Music Director

Chris Hardin at PianoChris Hardin is a composer, orchestrator, music director, conductor and performer.  He has worked with celebrities such as Bob Hope,Michelle Lee, Freda Payne, Maynard Fergesun, Goldie Hawn, Sally Kellerman, Merv Griffin, and many more. From “Big Band” to “Vocal Jazz” to “Sacred Music”, Chris has composed and orchestrated for an extensive array of musical genres.  He orchestrated music for the concert production of Israel 2000, that featured Steve Allen, Roslyn Kind, Red Buttons, Lionel Hampton and ChazzanMeir Finklestein. He also orchestrated music for the Chai for Chayim concert honoring ChazzanChayim Frenkel that featured Tovah Feldshuh and arranges and orchestrates much of the music for the Kindered Spirits annual symphony concert at Disney Hall in Los Angeles. 

Chirs’ Jazz Quartet was selected to be one of the featured bands at the Governer’s Ball for the Emmys Awards in Los Angeles.  His music directing talents helped facilitate the sold out production of Craig Taubmans Hallelu at the Universal Amphitheatre as well as “Theo! The First 80 Years”, a concert honoring the legendary Theodore Bike. 

Chris also appears in the film,  Anywhere But Here with Susan Sarandon as well as a television episode of Mad About You with Mel Brooks and has produced and performed on many CDs for various artists.  His Jewish music and “Tefilla” compositions and arrangements are finding their way to an ever expanding number of synagogues throughout the country.  His film scores include Not Again, Two Paths and On Growing Older for which he won an award for Best Original Score.  He currently focuses his time on his position as Music Director at Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue in Encino, writing, arranging and recording for a variety of artists as well as being the Musical Director for Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show currently playing in Las Vegas at the Hilton Hotel and Casino and as a touring company that performs in cities throughout the United States.