Essays and Dissertation

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Dissertation on Emanuel Feuermann

The Physical and Interpretive Technique of Emanuel Feuermann (1998)

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Cellist Brinton Averil Smith Unearths Lost Cello Concerto with Houston Symphony

Strings Magazine article about the Castelnuovo-Tedesco Cello Concerto and it's revival at the Houston Symphony.

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Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Forgotten Masterpiece

Blog article for the CelloBello blog about the Castelnuovo-Tedesco Cello Concerto.

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Zara Nelsova: An Artist Of Perfect Intensity And Passion

I have struggled to find a way to express adequately who Zara Nelsova was - as a musician, a teacher and a human being. I think the only way I could begin to honor her appropriately is to describe...

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Common Themes ASTA Magazine Cello Forum

For string teachers, every lesson is a challenge in creative problem solving.

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Emanuel Feuermann And The Art Of Phrasing

There has been a long-running debate in the string-playing world regarding the 'Golden Age' of string playing, generally considered to span the 1920s to the 1960s.

Houston Symphony Blog Articles

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First Post-Harvey Concert Address

Brinton addresses the audience on behalf of the musicians prior to the first HSO concert post Hurricane Harvey

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Address To The Houston Symphony Annual Meeting

On behalf of the my fellow musicians, I'm happy to give the musician’s report. For me, this past season has been the most artistically exciting since I joined the orchestra.

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Principal Cellist Brinton Averil Smith Addresses Our Board

Near the end of each season, the Houston Symphony Society holds its annual board and trustees meeting.

From left to right: Brinton Smith & Yo-Yo Ma

Cellists Brawl At Symphony Hall: Yo-Yo Ma Vs. Brinton Smith

Scandal has rocked the HSO after leaked photos appear to depict physical confrontation between Principal Cellist Brinton Averil Smith and world-renowned cello superstar Yo-Yo Ma

Castelnuovo-Tedesco\'s Lost Cello Concerto

Brinton Brings Lost Masterpiece Back To Life

The process of musical rebirth will unfold at Jones Hall this April when Principal Cellist Brinton Averil Smith performs a long-lost cello concerto.

Cellists with HSO Gear

A Cellist In Colombia

HSO principal cellist Brinton Smith and principal trumpet Mark Hughes went to sunny Santa Marta, Colombia to teach and mentor young musicians in the Colombian National Youth Orchestra.

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The Illustrated Life Of Don Quixote De La Mancha

Way back in August our Principal Cello, Brinton Smith, sent me a link to the Cervantes Collection at Texas A&M University Libraries, which houses one of the largest collections of Don Quixote iconography.

From the Orchestra Articles

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Rachmaninoff

On behalf of all my fellow musicians, welcome to Jones Hall and what we hope will be a very memorable concert of the Houston Symphony.

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The Value Of Music Lessons

The beginning of the symphony season coincides with the start of the school year and a time when many children consider learning a musical instrument.

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Classical Crossover

It is interesting to see an increasing number of pop and rock musicians incorporating orchestral instruments and sounds into their works.

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Competitions

On behalf of my fellow musicians, welcome to the Houston Symphony! For our orchestra, June is our 'road warrior' month.

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The Audition Process

The competitive process of hiring new players is highly regulated and intricate as, each year, conservatories around the world graduate hundreds of times more musicians than there are orchestral vacancies.

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Take A Friend To The Orchestra Month

As musicians, it's often difficult to envision what we do through the eyes of the general public—many of whom have never been to a live symphonic concert.

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Four Last Songs

Musicians are frequently asked about our favorite composer or compositions, and answering this question is often like trying to pick your favorite child—impossible!

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The Era Of Recordings

Before the era of recording, Bach and Haydn wrote music intended for use in a single performance and it’s unique audience -- listening to music was inseparable from live performance.

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The Miracle Of Stradivarius

Houston Symphony Principal Cello Brinton Smith is a monthly contributor to Houston Symphony Magazine. This letter is reprinted from the January 2011 issue.

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Philanthropy

The mission of an orchestra is to bring the world’s top musicians together, not just for a single concert, but to become a part of the community

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Music And The Holocaust

Great music has the power to reach a part of our being that words and information can not.

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On Touring

As a musician, a tour is an exciting challenge.

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A New Concertmaster

On behalf of the musicians, I would like to welcome you back to the Houston Symphony for our very exciting 97th season!

Program Notes

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Emanuel Feuermann Tribute Recital

Emanuel Feuermann Tribute Recital

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Liederabend Ohne Worte: A Concert Of Works For Cello And Piano Inspired By Song

Welcome and thank you for joining us for another recital 'experiment'. The cello is generally considered to be the closest instrument to the human voice, and a program of works derived from song seemed to be a natural

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Beautiful And Unjustly Neglected Works For Cello And Piano

These are not as much program notes as a narrative of what interested me in programming these works.

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Brinton Smith And Friends... A Recital For Solo Cello

Thank you for joining me for this somewhat experimental and unorthodox program. The idea of doing a solo recital has been in my head for over a decade, but I don't think I ever fully understood what an undertaking it

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An Evening Of The Music Of Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Even listeners unfamiliar with the name of composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold are likely familiar with his musical style.