Pit Stop Players

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Founded in 2009 by conductor/composer Joshua Rosenblum, The Pit Stop Players ensemble is comprised of some of New York's top freelance musicians, commonly regarded as the best instrumentalists in the world.

Repertoire includes arrangements and transcriptions of great pieces from the recent past (encompassing numerous genres), as well as undeservedly neglected classical gems, but the primary emphasis is on new compositions that are both challenging and immediately engaging, written and orchestrated specifically for the group by today's most exciting creative talents.

The Pit Stop Players, who collectively have played in pit orchestras for over 150 Broadway productions, include Ed Matthew, Steve Kenyon, and Don McGeen, woodwinds; Dan Culpepper, horn; Chris Jaudes, trumpet; Wayne Goodman, trombone; Bruce Bonvissuto, tuba; Robin Zeh, Victor Costanzi, and Denise Stillwell, violins; Alissa Smith, viola; Peter Sachon, cello; Jeff Carney, bass; Gregory Landes and Andrew Beall, percussion; and Garah Landes, piano.

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The Pit Stop Players Present: ‘Fall Fantasies’ in New York

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NEW YORK, N.Y., Sept. 29, 2016 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Pit Stop Players, a celebrated instrumental chamber ensemble composed of veteran Broadway pit musicians, launch their seventh season with a concert of fantasy-themed music at Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church, 152 West 66th Street, on October 24, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

The Chase Brock Experience and The Pit Stop Players Team Up for ‘Extravaganza’

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NEW YORK, N.Y., April 25, 2016 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Chase Brock Experience, a Brooklyn-based dance company, and the Pit Stop Players, a fourteen-member instrumental ensemble composed of veteran Broadway pit musicians, will present ‘Extravaganza: An Evening of Live Music and Dance’ on Friday, May 20 at 8 p.m. at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street.

The Pit Stop Players Present: ‘Nothing To Be Afraid Of’

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NEW YORK, N.Y., Sept., 29, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Pit Stop Players, an instrumental chamber ensemble composed of veteran Broadway pit musicians, launch their sixth season with a concert of Halloween-themed music at Christ and Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 120 West 69th Street, on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

The Pit Stop Players Present: Revelations – Apocalyptic Music for the 21st Century

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NEW YORK, N.Y., April 15, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Pit Stop Players, a chamber ensemble comprised of veteran Broadway pit musicians, will present ‘Revelations,’ a concert of apocalyptic music on May 4, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 122 W. 69th St., New York City. The program features the world premiere of the specially commissioned ‘Revelation Suite,’ with movements by Joshua Green, Joshua Schmidt, and Joshua Rosenblum, the group’s founder and music director.

BOLLING NIGHT! Music of Claude Bolling and Others Performed by the Pit Stop Players

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NEW YORK, N.Y., Jan. 8, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Pit Stop Players, a fourteen-member instrumental ensemble composed of veteran Broadway pit musicians, will present ‘Bolling Night,’ an evening of music by the legendary Claude Bolling, plus pieces by other composers who combine jazz and classical idioms. The event will take place Monday, February 9, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York City.

Broadway Musicians to Make Beautiful Music with their Spouses in Pit Stop Players ‘Date Night’ Concert

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NEW YORK, N.Y., Feb. 14, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Pit Stop Players, a fourteen-member instrumental ensemble composed of veteran Broadway pit musicians, will present an unusual concert entitled ‘Date Night,’ featuring group members and their spouses performing together. The event will take place Monday, March 24, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street.

Pit Stop Players Presents: ‘The Pit Stop Players and The Pendulum’ – A Concert of Unholy Terrors

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NEW YORK, N.Y., Sept. 10, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Pit Stop Players, a fourteen-member instrumental ensemble composed of veteran Broadway pit musicians, launch their fifth season with a concert of Halloween-themed music at Christ and Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 120 West 69th Street, on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

From Charles Ives to Paul McCartney, Broadway Musicians Offer ‘Snapshots’ in PIT STOP PLAYERS’ 2013 Winter Concert

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NEW YORK, N.Y., Jan. 15, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Pit Stop Players, a twelve-member instrumental ensemble composed of veteran Broadway pit musicians, will present its third annual ‘Snapshots’ concert on Monday, February 11, at 7:30 p.m., at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street.

Pit Stop Players Present: ‘Paranormal Activities’ – Halloween Concert Offers Three World Premieres

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NEW YORK, N.Y., Oct. 1, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Pit Stop Players, a fourteen-member instrumental ensemble composed of veteran Broadway pit musicians, launch their fourth season with a concert of creepy classics and petrifying premieres at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music on Monday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Pit Stop Players Present ‘Dark Side Of The Tune’ – Halloween Concert Features Five World Premieres

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NEW YORK, N.Y., Oct. 4, 2011 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Pit Stop Players, a thirteen-member instrumental ensemble composed of veteran Broadway pit musicians, will kick off their third season with a concert at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. The critically acclaimed group will offer creepy-themed music the night before Halloween, in a program titled ‘Dark Side of the Tune.’

Broadway Musicians Reclaim Center Stage in PIT STOP PLAYERS 2010-11 Season Opener

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NEW YORK, N.Y. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Pit Stop Players, a thirteen-member instrumental ensemble, will play its opening concert of the season on Monday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m., at New York’s Second Presbyterian Church, 6 W. 96th St. at Central Park West. The eclectic, genre-defying group will perform works by William Bolcom, Anthony Barrese, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Igor Stravinsky.

Broadway Musicians Take Center Stage in Pit Stop Players’ Inaugural Concert

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NEW YORK, N.Y. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Pit Stop Players, a ten-member instrumental ensemble, will play its inaugural concert on Monday, February 1, 2010 at 7 p.m., at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. The eclectic, genre-defying group will perform works by William Bolcom, Olivier Messiaen, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Danny Elfman, as well as a piece by Joshua Rosenblum, the group’s conductor and founder.