Holiday Brass

The New York Philharmonic

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David Geffen Hall

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Date & Times


Dec, 2019

Sunday, 3:00 PM

Event Info

Join the New York Philharmonic Brass and Percussion for this holiday family favorite.

This concert is a Special Event of the 2019–20 season.

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


New York Philharmonic Brass and Percussion

New York Philharmonic Brass and Percussion


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


Wycliffe Gordon

Trombone / Special Guest

Wycliffe Gordon

Trombone / Special Guest

Wycliffe Gordon

Trombone / Special Guest

Jazz Journalists Association named Wycliffe Gordon the 2019 Trombonist of the Year (for a record-breaking twelfth time), and he has topped the DownBeat Critics Poll for Best Trombone five times (2018, 2016, 2014, 2013, and 2012). He’s the recent recipient of the Louie Award, the International Trombone Award, and the Satchmo Award, among others. Mr. Gordon is a prolific recording artist and is most sought after for his signature sound, plunger technique, and unique vocals. He can be heard on hundreds of recordings, soundtracks, live DVDs, and documentaries.

In addition to a successful solo career, Mr. Gordon tours regularly, leading his quintet, headlining at legendary jazz venues, and performing at arts centers around the world. He is commissioned frequently and has an extensive catalog of original compositions that span the various timbres of jazz and chamber music. Musicians and ensembles of every caliber perform his music throughout the world, and his arrangement of the theme song to NPR’s All Things Considered is heard daily across the globe.  

Mr. Gordon is a former veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and he has been a featured guest artist on Billy Taylor’s Jazz at the Kennedy Center series. A persuasive and committed music educator, he is visiting artist in jazz studies at Arizona State University and director of jazz studies at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia.

Wycliffe Gordon is a Yamaha Performing Artist and has his own line of Wycliffe Gordon Pro Signature Mouthpieces by Pickett Brass.

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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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