Bob Christianson is a composer, arranger, keyboard player and conductor.
He is also the composer, arranger and executive producer of the WTTW-PBS Special, A Christmas Carol – The Concert. It was nominated in 2014 for a Prime Time Emmy for Outstanding Music & Lyrics (lyrics & book adaptation by Alisa Hauser). He was honored to have the Baltimore Symphony premiere A Christmas Carol – The Concert in December of 2011. This is the second of his orchestral works that has been performed by the BSO, the first being “Too Hot To Handel” which he co-arranged with Gary Anderson from an original concept by Marin Alsop.
In 2022, Bob won an Emmy for his ESPN-NHL Theme song, and ESPN opened the first Hockey game of the season with a film about his writing process called “Harmony” (narrated by Justin Bieber). Among his over 25 award winning sports themes is the iconic “NCAA Basketball Theme” for CBS.
Bob was the most called upon composer for the HBO series “Sex And The City.” His television credits also include “Mysteries Of The Museum” (Travel Channel), and “Life Is Wild” (for the CW). In addition he has scored hundreds of hours for shows in the Discovery family of networks. He started his career in New York as musical director/conductor for such Broadway Shows as Godspell, Gilda Radner-Live from New York and The Magic Show. Among his original musicals as composer are Take Me America (book and lyrics by Bill Nabel) and his sci-fi rock opera Grail (book and lyrics by Cappy Capossela)
As a successful studio synthesist, he has recorded with such artists as Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Jan Hammer, Judy Collins, Dianna Ross & Rupert Holmes.
His orchestra works have been performed by The Baltimore Symphony, The Colorado Symphony, The Concordia Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra, and others.
Alisa was nominated for a 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for the song “No Trouble” from A Christmas Carol: The Concert (PBS). With music by Bob Christianson, she wrote the book adaptation and lyrics for this symphonic retelling of the Dickens classic.
Also for television she has written lyrics, with composer Stephen Sislen, for the Disney Channel’s Johnny And The Sprites. For the theatre she has written book adaptation and lyrics for a new musical, Belinda, with composer David Mallamud, which had developmental readings at both Festival 56 and Williamston Theatre. Her short musical The Weather Man with composer Philip Palmer, had its world premiere at the New Works Festival at Clear Space Productions in Delaware. Her cabaret songs have been heard in various venues around the country including the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Ars Nova and Joe’s Pub in New York City. As an actress, Alisa has performed on Broadway in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Grease, and the original cast of Disney’s Beauty and The Beast. Alisa is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Theatre in the College of Music at Florida State University.
She is a graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Westminster Choir College/Rider University and is a member of the Dramatists Guild, AEA and SAG-AFTRA. www.alisahauser.com