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. M. Allen

The Emperor’s Fanfare


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 from that position at the end of the 2013–14 season, completing 36 years of service to the Orchestra. 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 August 2014. In addition to teaching his trumpet studio, he is the bandmaster of the UGA British Brass Band, a member of the faculty Georgia Brass Quintet, and the coach of the Bulldog Brass Society. He has made appearances internationally as a soloist, and with the Philharmonic he performed with conductors Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Alan Gilbert, Erich Leinsdorf, Leonard Bernstein, Neeme Järvi, and Bramwell Tovey. Mr. Smith has also appeared with many symphonic wind ensembles, including the U.S. “President’s Own” Marine Band, the West Point Academy Band, and many major university ensembles. As a conductor of brass bands and ensembles, recent guest appearances include the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Brass and Percussion and National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain 2016 Summer Course. He has led the Philharmonic’s annual Holiday Brass Concert, and he conducted Members of the Philharmonic at the dedication of the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City on May 15, 2014. Mr. Smith has served on the faculties of The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, appeared as recitalist and clinician at numerous International Trumpet Guild conferences, and been an adjudicator for the Prague Spring International Trumpet Competition, Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Solo Competition, 25th Anniversary National Trumpet Competition (USA), Osaka (Japan) International Chamber Music Competition, and Eric Aubier International Trumpet Competition in Rouen, France. 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.

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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