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Holiday Brass

Dec 16 - Dec 18

This concert is a Special Event of the 2021–22 season.

The annual holiday tradition since 1995 returns with festive fare sure to make your season bright. These concerts are family-friendly.

All attendees, including children, will be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization or the Food and Drug Administration. The final dose of the vaccine must have been administered at least 14 days before entry. Children under 5 years of age, who are currently not eligible for vaccination, will not be permitted entry.

In addition, all guests attending Philharmonic performances must maintain appropriate face coverings in accordance with current CDC guidelines.

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Holiday Brass


7:00 PM





2:00 PM




There is limited availability to the 2021–22 season and tickets are going fast. Buy today for the best available seating.


Alice Tully Hall


1 Hour 45 Minutes with Intermission


Pierpont / Arr. R. Elkjer

Jingle Bells

Traditional / Arr. R. Harvey

Ding Dong Merrily on High

Monteverdi / Arr. D. Marlatt

Deus in adjutorium, from Vespers of the Blessed Virgin

Gabrieli / Arr. T. Higgins

O Magnum Mysterium

Simon Wills

Prelude and Fugue for Christmas

Traditional / Arr. J. Mindeman

Still, Still, Still

Traditional / Arr. D. Richard


Grainger / Arr. M. Allen

Sussex Mummers’ Christmas Carol

Anthony DiLorenzo

The Toy Maker

Phil Snedecor

Fanfare for Christmas

Anderson / Arr. D. Richard

Bugler’s Holiday

Traditional / Arr. B. Holcombe

Festive Sounds of Hanukah

Traditional / Arr. M Calvert

Huron Carol

Gruber / Arr. D. Gates

Silent Night

Hairston / Arr. D. Richard

Have You Heard!

Tormé & Wells / Arr. C. Mowat

The Christmas Song

Pierpont / Arr. B. Parry / Transcr. A. Wrainwright

Jingle Bells

Various / Arr. D. Sorenson

Season’s Greetings


  • 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
  • Members of the 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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