Holiday Brass
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All concerts and events through January 5 are cancelled. Learn More about our response to Covid-19. Support the Philharmonic by donating your tickets.

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$59.00 - $99.00

Date & Times

16

Dec, 2018

Sunday, 3:00 PM

Event Info

This concert is a Special Event of the 2018–19 season.

Experience the power, brilliance, and virtuosity of the New York Philharmonic Brass and Percussion — reunited with beloved former Principal Trumpet Philip Smith — in this holiday favorite.

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

Program

Pierpont / Arr. R Elkjer

“Jingle Bells”

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John Mindeman

Joy

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G. Gabrielli / Arr. T. Higgins

Magnificat a dodici

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Holst / Arr. B. Tovey, Adapted D. Richard

In the Bleak Midwinter

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Hairston / Arr. B. Tovey, Adapted D. Richard

Mary’s Boy Child

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Traditional / Arr. R. Elkjer

Sevivon

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Anthony DiLorenzo

Luminosity

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Anthony DiLorenzo

Baltazar (A King’s Journey)

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Mendelssohn / Arr. A. DiLorenzo

“Hark, the Herald Angels Sing”

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Anderson / Arr. D. Richard

Bugler’s Holiday

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Anonymous / Arr. D. Gates

The Wexford Carol

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Willis / Arr. D. Richard

“It Came upon a Midnight Clear”

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Tchaikovsky

Selections from The Nutcracker

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Bizet / Arr. S. Bulla

Farandole from L’Arlésienne

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F.X. Gruber / Arr. B. Tovey, Adapted D. Richard

“Silent Night”

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Anderson / Arr. J. Wasson

Sleigh Ride

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Artists

New York Philharmonic Brass and Percussion

New York Philharmonic Brass and Percussion

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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

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Bramwell Tovey

Special Guest

Bramwell Tovey

Special Guest

Bramwell Tovey

Special Guest

Grammy and Juno Award–winning conductor / composer Bramwell Tovey has recently added the title of artistic director of Calgary Opera Company to his role as principal conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra and artistic advisor to the Rhode Island Philharmonic.

Following an 18-year tenure as music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO), which concluded in summer 2018, he returns as music director emeritus. Under his leadership the VSO toured China, South Korea, Canada, and the United States. His innovations included the establishment of the VSO School of Music; the VSO’s annual contemporary music festival; and the VSO Orchestral Institute at Whistler, a comprehensive summer orchestral training program for young musicians.

During the 2019–20 season Mr. Tovey returns to The Philadelphia Orchestra for its Christmas concerts and New Year’s Eve Gala, and conducts the New York Philharmonic’s summer Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer. In addition to monthly appearances in London, his guest conducting takes him to Scandinavia, San Diego, and Sarasota.

In 2003 he won the Juno Award for Best Classical Composition for his choral and brass work Requiem for a Charred Skull. His song cycle Ancestral Voices, which addresses the issue of reconciliation and was written for Kwagiulth mezzo-soprano Marion Newman, was premiered in June 2017. His trumpet concerto, Songs of the Paradise Saloon, was commissioned by the Toronto Symphony for principal trumpet Andrew McCandless and performed in 2014 by Alison Balsom with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and London Philharmonic Orchestra. A recording of his opera, The Inventor, commissioned by Calgary Opera, features the original cast, members of UBC Opera, and the VSO.

Previously music director of Orchestre philharmonique du Luxembourg, he led the world premiere of Penderecki’s Eighth Symphony on the opening of the principality’s Philharmonie. He won the Prix d’or of the Academie Lyrique Française for their recording of Jean Cras’s 1922 opera, Polyphème, and they toured to China, South Korea, the United States, and Europe.

Recipient of the Oskar Morawetz 2015 Prize for Excellence in Music Performance, Mr Tovey was appointed an honorary Officer of the Order of Canada in 2013 for services to music. He has been artistic director of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain since 2006.

Learn more about Bramwell Tovey

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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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