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Oct.21, 2009

Vol. 110, No. 3


Brad Burg ’65

Published in the Oct.21, 2009, issue

Brad succumbed to pancreatic cancer Nov. 4, 2008.

Born and educated in Valley Stream, N.Y., Brad majored in English at Princeton and won the Freshman English Prize. He was a cast member of Triangle and co-author of Grape Expectations, which won the 1965 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for best college musical.

After briefly attending Harvard Law School, Brad went to Los Angeles to pursue his lifelong passion for music. While there, he wrote a No. 1 country hit and won several Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) songwriting awards. Returning to New York, Brad wrote music for Joseph Papp’s Shakespeare Festival and was lead vocalist for Kenneth Tynan’s legendary Oh! Calcutta!, singing from the band pit and studying Latin during the breaks. His own shows were produced in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Boston. He wrote a volume of children’s poems, and for many years was a senior editor at Medical Economics magazine.

These are highlights of a career spanning many genres of creative activity. Devoted friends in the Class of 1965 will always remember Brad’s music, his courage in the face of illness, and the subversive originality of his mind.

We extend deep sympathy to his wife, Joan, and his two daughters, Allison and Emily.

The Class of 1965

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3 Remembrances posted for Brad Burg

Lloyd Schwartz Says:

2010-01-11 10:00:41

In the late 60s, I was an actor in several of the shows Brad scored for the Harvard Dramatic Club: Aristphanes's "Peace" and Euripedes's "The Trojan Women." After all these years, I can still remember the wonderful songs. In "Peace," they were sung by, among others, Stockard Channing and James Woods. "Peace," the title song went, "it's wonderful, a slow ride on a swing. Bees are humming and you know they never sting." The music is just as beautiful and will remain an indelible part of my memory. And Brad was one of the nicest people I've ever met. I'm deeply saddened to learn of his loss. Lloyd Schwartz, Classical Music Editor, The Boston Phoenix Classical Music Critic, Fresh Air (NPR)

Doug Barton 65 Says:

2010-09-20 16:18:55

Brad was a man of many talents and a great friend. He was one of the brightest and most creative members of our class, contributing his talents to the extraordinary Triangle show our senior year. Several of us had a wonderful final outing with him at Dale Lasater's ranch a few months before Brad died. He was witty and cheerful to the end. He is dearly missed.

Sarah Kafatou Says:

2014-07-10 14:55:07

I was in the audience of "Peace" and remember it as a high point of all the times I've ever been around music being played and fun being had. I didn't know Bradley Burg, but I've always since then remembered his name and his wonderful music. Thinking that he must have gone on to accomplish much more, I've just looked him up and am glad to see that this is true, but sad to discover that he is no longer with us. Thank you for having been here, Bradley Burg.
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