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Holiday Brass

Dec 16 - Dec 17

The annual holiday tradition, which began in 1995, returns with festive fare sure to make your season bright. These concerts are family-friendly for ages 4 and up.


Holiday Brass


8:00 PM





2:00 PM




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Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

Additional Info

These concerts will be streamed on the Hauser Digital Wall.


Pierpont / Arr. R. Elkjer

Jingle Bells

Ricardo Mollá

The Guiding Star (World Premiere)

Joel Collier

Personent Hodie

Roger Harvey

Fantasy de Noël

Traditional / Arr. D. Gates

The Wexford Carol

John Rutter / Arr. R. Harvey

Shepherd’s Pipe Carol

Holst / Arr. J. Naigus

In the Bleak Midwinter

Gregory Pascuzzi

Hanukkah Reflections

William James / Arr. J. Curnow

An Australian Christmas

Stephen Bulla

Christmas Proclamation Overture

Traditional / Arr. J. Naigus

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Traditional / Arr. D. Gates

O Christmas Tree

Traditional / Arr. K. Norbury

Huron Carol

Gruber / Arr. D. Gates

Silent Night

Marcus Venables

Yuletide Treasure

G. Shayne & N. Regney / Arr. D. Richard

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Various / Arr. D. Sorenson

Season’s Greetings

Bizet / Arr. S. Bulla

Farandole from L’Arlésienne


  • New York Philharmonic Brass and Percussion


  • 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

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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