Lafayette Symphony to feature Brimley on Brubeck work

Posted on: March 30, 2009

In Thursday’s (3/26) Journal and Courier (West Lafayette, Indiana), Tim Brouk writes, “Wilford Brimley has made a career for himself in television and film. … But nothing on film compares to his latest project, the 74-year-old believes. Brimley is serving as narrator for Chris Brubeck’s symphonic piece, ‘Quiet Heroes.’ The work is inspired by the powerful James Bradley novel about the flag raisers during the Battle of Iwo Jima, ‘Flags of Our Fathers,’ and will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Long Center for the Performing Arts.” The work was first performed in 2007 in Appleton, Wis. “However, Brubeck wrote the work before the release of the 2006 Clint Eastwood film version of ‘Flags of Our Fathers.’ … A longtime music fan, Brimley met Brubeck after the musician’s performance at a recent Monterey Jazz Festival. Brubeck told the Korean War veteran about his project and asked Brimley—who has used his distinctive, gruff voice for multiple narration roles in movies—to be a part of ‘Quiet Heroes.’ ” The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra will open the program “with Aaron Copland’s ‘Fanfare for the Common Man,’ ‘Pioneer Dances’ by Peggy Stuart Coolidge, and ‘New England Triptych’ by William Schuman.”

Posted March 30, 2009