Philadelphia favorite and Curtis Institute of Music graduate Lang Lang brings his international star power and dazzling virtuosity to Verizon Hall with Mozart’s buoyant Piano Concerto No. 17. A frequent guest with the Fabulous Philadelphians, the Chinese pianist regularly proves why the New York Times has called him “the hottest artist on the classical music planet.”
Associate Principal Oboe Peter Smith has been a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1991. He played with the Atlanta Symphony as acting principal oboe for a series in 2007 and was principal oboe with the Colorado Festival Orchestra in its 1991 season. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, he studied with Richard Woodhams. He has also studied with Louis Rosenblatt.
Mr. Smith was a soloist in The Philadelphia Orchestra’s performances of Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante for winds and orchestra in 2010 at the Mann Center and at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. He was featured with the Orchestra in its Absolutely Mozart Festival at the Kimmel Center from 2002 to 2004. He was also a soloist with the Orchestra in the summers of 1992, 1994, and 2006. Over the last two decades, Mr. Smith has been featured numerous times in The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Chamber Music Series.
From 1986 to 2011 Mr. Smith has appeared as soloist with the Lower Merion Symphony, the Bucks County Symphony, the Newark (DE) Symphony, the Colorado Festival Orchestra, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Classica, and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. He is currently on the faculty of Temple University, where he is a member of the Conwell Woodwind Quintet.
Photo: Chris Lee