Holiday Brass

The New York Philharmonic

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David Geffen Hall

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2 hours, with intermission

Date & Times


Dec, 2017

Sunday, 3:00 PM

Event Info

This concert is a Special Event of the 2017–18 season.

The New York Philharmonic Brass and Percussion will perform holiday favorites and works from the Baroque to the contemporary presided over by conductor / host / former Principal Trumpet Philip Smith. This season they are joined by trumpet player Doc Severinsen, who is celebrating his 90th birthday year.

Family-friendly. Open to everyone ages 4 and up.


Pierpont / Arr. R Elkjer

“Jingle Bells”


Traditional/Arr. John Mindeman

Ding Dong Merrily/Good King Wenceslas


Bach/Arr. Michael Allen

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring


Byrd/Arr. Michael Allen

Wolsey’s Wilde


Soler / Arr. Allen

The Emperor’s Fanfare (Minué from Concierto VI de dos organos obligados)


Anthony DiLorenzo

The Toy Maker


Gregory Pascuzzi

Hanukkah 360



A Selection of Traditional Carols


Various/Arr. Anthony DiLorenzo

Christmas Toons


Philip Smith

Conductor / Host / Trumpet

Philip Smith

Conductor / Host / Trumpet

Philip Smith

Conductor / Host / Trumpet

Philip Smith joined the New York Philharmonic as Co-Principal Trumpet in 1978, became Principal Trumpet, The Paula Levin Chair, in 1988, and retired at the end of the 2013–14 season, after 36 years. In August 2014 he joined the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia as the William F. and Pamela P. Prokasy Professor in the Arts. In addition to teaching, he is the Bandmaster of the UGA British Brass Band, a member of the faculty Georgia Brass Quintet, coach of the Bulldog Brass Society, and occasional guest in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra trumpet section. As a soloist, he has appeared internationally and with the New York Philharmonic, with conductors Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Alan Gilbert, Erich Leinsdorf, Leonard Bernstein, Neeme Järvi, and Bramwell Tovey. He has also appeared with numerous symphonic wind ensembles, including the U.S. “President’s Own” Marine Band, West Point Academy Band, and major university ensembles. He has guest conducted the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Brass and Percussion, National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain Summer Course, and the Hannaford Street Silver Band. He also leads the Philharmonic’s annual Holiday Brass concert and conducted Members of the Philharmonic at the dedication of the 9/11 Memorial Museum in May 2014. Mr. Smith has served on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, appeared as recitalist and clinician at numerous International Trumpet Guild conferences, and adjudicated the Prague Spring International Trumpet Competition, Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Solo Competition, 25th Anniversary National Trumpet Competition, Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, and Eric Aubier International Trumpet Competition. In 2005 he was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, and in 2006 he was given the International Trumpet Guild Honorary Award. His latest recording is Trilogy, a three-CD set released in 2017.

Learn more about Philip Smith

Doc Severinsen


Doc Severinsen




Doc Severinsen was born in Arlington, Oregon, in 1927, and was nicknamed “Little Doc” after his father, Dr. Carl Severinsen, a dentist and gifted amateur violinist. He was asked to join the high school band at age seven, won the Music Educator’s National Contest at twelve, and was hired to go on the road with the Ted Fio Rito Orchestra in high school. After serving in the Army during World War II he landed a spot with the Charlie Barnet Band, and in the late 1940s toured with the Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman bands.

Mr. Severinsen arrived in New York City in 1949 to become a staff musician for NBC, and in 1962 he was invited to join The Tonight Show Band as first trumpet. Five years later he took over as music director for The Tonight Show and stayed with the show until Johnny Carson retired from late-night television in 1992.

Today Doc Severinsen tours regularly with his own big band and continues to perform with symphony orchestras and big bands all over the country. Over the years he has been principal pops conductor with the Phoenix, Milwaukee, Colorado, and Pacific symphony orchestras; Minnesota Orchestra; and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

With more than 30 albums to his credit, Mr. Severinsen has recorded everything from big band and jazz-fusion to classical works. He received a 1987 Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance — Big Band for his recording Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show Band — Volume I.

Doc Severinsen currently works with the S.E. Shires Company in Massachusetts, whose line of trumpets includes the S.E. Shires Severinsen Destino III, a model developed under Doc Severinsen’s supervision.

Learn more about Doc Severinsen


New York Philharmonic Brass and Percussion

New York Philharmonic Brass and Percussion

Special Thanks

Programs for Families at the New York Philharmonic are presented by Daria and Eric Wallach.

Major support for Holiday Brass is provided by the Gurnee and Marjorie Hart Endowment Fund.


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