The famous Violin Concerto of Brahms is performed by the incomparable Gil Shaham.
The Philadelphia Orchestra will honor its former music director and conductor laureate, Wolfgang Sawallisch–who passed away February 22, 2013 during these performances, which feature repertoire that reflects his indelible artistic imprint on the Orchestra.
Peter Smith has been associate principal oboe of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1991. He has spent summers participating in such festivals as the Colorado Music Festival, where he was principal oboe in 1991. He was featured in The Philadelphia Orchestra’s performance of Martinu’s Sinfonia concertante for violin, oboe, cello, bassoon, and orchestra at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts in July 1994. He was also a soloist in The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Absolutely Mozart Festival in a performance of Mozart’s Piano Quintet with pianist Emanuel Ax in June 2003. Mr. Smith performed Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante for winds and orchestra with The Philadelphia Orchestra in June 2004.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Smith studied with Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Oboe Richard Woodhams; he has also studied with Louis Rosenblatt and Marc Lifschey.
Mr. Smith has appeared as soloist with the Lower Merion Symphony, the Bucks County Symphony, the Newark Symphony (Delaware), the Colorado Festival Orchestra, the Curtis Symphony, 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