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A Celebration of Phil Smith
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Location: Avery Fisher Hall  (Directions)
Price Range: $35
Sat, Jul, 5, 2014
2:00 PM
Principal Trumpet Philip Smith & conductor Bramwell Tovey


  (Click the red play button to listen)
Procession of the Nobles
I Got Rhythm, for Horn Quartet
Liturgical Fanfares
The Great Gate of Kiev from Pictures at an Exhibition
That's a Plenty


Philip Smith Philip Smith joined the New York Philharmonic as Co-Principal Trumpet in 1978, becoming Principal Trumpet (The Paula Levin Chair) in 1988. His early training was provided at The Salvation Army and by his father, Derek Smith. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School; while still a student he was appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Smith appears regularly as soloist, recitalist, chamber performer, clinician, and recording artist. He has been featured as a soloist with the Philharmonic almost 100 times, either in New York or on tour, under conductors such as Bernstein, Neeme Järvi, Leinsdorf, Kurt Masur, and Zubin Mehta; his most recent solo appearance was in April 2006 in the New York premiere of Ellen Taaffe Zwillich’s American Concerto. In addition to solo releases on labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, Cala, Summit, New World, and Arabesque, Mr. Smith has recorded with the Canadian Brass, Empire Brass, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Bargemusic, and New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony.
bramwell tovey

Bramwell Tovey is acknowledged around the world for his artistic depth and his warm, charismatic personality on the podium, and his work as a composer and pianist lends him additional musical perspective. His tenures as music director with the Vancouver Symphony, Luxembourg Philharmonic, and Winnipeg Symphony orchestras have been characterized by his expertise in operatic, choral, British, and contemporary repertoire.

Mr. Tovey continues his association with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and as founding host and conductor of the New York Philharmonic’s Summertime Classics series at Avery Fisher Hall. In 2008, both orchestras co-commissioned him to compose a new work, the well-received Urban Runway, subsequently programmed by a number of orchestras in the U.S. and Canada.  He was honored with the Best Canadian Classical Composition Juno Award in 2003 for his Requiem for a Charred Skull.

European orchestras with which Bramwell Tovey has worked include the London Philharmonic, London Symphony, and Frankfurt Radio orchestras, and his North America guest appearances have included the orchestras of Baltimore, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Seattle, Cleveland, and Montreal as well as ongoing performances with Toronto. Other recent engagements included visits to the Nashville and Montreal Symphony Orchestras and his return to Australia, where he has already worked with the symphonies in Perth, Sydney, and Melbourne. In the winter of 2013 he embarked with the Vancouver Symphony on a U.S. West Coast tour that included visits to a number of brand-new facilities in California and Nevada.

Among Mr. Tovey’s honorary degrees are a Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Music in London; honorary doctorates from the universities of Winnipeg, Manitoba, British Columbia, and Kwantlen University College; as well as a Royal Conservatory of Music Fellowship in Toronto. In 1999 he received the M. Joan Chalmers National Award for Artistic Direction, a Canadian prize awarded to artists for outstanding contributions in the performing arts.


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