Sun 8.4 | The Animated Orchestra
GREGORY SMITH (b. 1957)
The music of composer Gregory Smith covers a wide range of the musical world, entertaining thousands every day and night at Disney theme parks while reaching millions on television networks throughout the world. Smith’s symphonic family/educational concert works are among the most performed in the genre.
The family/educational concert works of Smith have received over 800 performances by more than 160 orchestras, often with Smith narrating. North American orchestras have long embraced Smith’s unique approach to family/educational concerts and more recently these works have found an international audience in the United Kingdom, China, South Korea, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. His newest work in this genre, The Animated Orchestra, was commissioned for the Cabrillo Festival’s 50th anniversary in 2012. The Student Composer Project, pioneered by conductor Christopher Confessore and the Brevard Symphony, culminates in new works featuring themes by local school children. Most recently the project featured The Sarasota Orchestra and resulted in Tamiami Sinfonietta.
Smith enjoys a long association with the Walt Disney Company and has served as composer and arranger for numerous productions at all of the worldwide theme parks.
His music for the nighttime spectaculars Wishes, Remember-Dreams Come True, and Magical continue to draw record crowds. In 2011 Smith collaborated with Disney Animation and Obscura Digital to re-score classic Disney animation for the World of Color Road Show. Using cutting edge technology, the animation was projected onto various landmark buildings including the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
Recent broadcast credits include the creation of a new theme for CBS election/ inauguration coverage and a new theme arrangement for the Encore Suspense channel. Also for CBS, he conducted and produced the re-recording of the original Star Trek theme for the show’s re-mastered 40th anniversary release. In the genre of sports music, Smith composed a new theme for The Tampa Bay Lightning NHL team. His theme music for college football on ESPN/ABC is completing its second decade of use. As a conductor, Smith has recorded with orchestras in London, San Francisco, Nashville and Seattle as well as numerous studio orchestras in New York, Los Angeles and Prague.
On Sunday, August 4, Smith returns for the Festival’s Free Family Concert and an encore performance of his wildly popular The Animated Orchestra.