Brownville Concert Series Hosts Holiday Harp Concert – Nebraska City News Press

The Brownville Concert Series begins over two Christmas weekends in Brownville with a “Winter Wonderland” Harp Concerto featuring Julie Smith Phillips, principal harpist of the San Diego Symphony, with a program of classical treasures and holiday favorites including music by Handel Britten and Ramau. The December 2 concert starts at 7:00 p.m. and is open to the public, no tickets are required, voluntary donations are accepted. Donations will go toward student scholarships for the 2023 Nebraska Harp Workshop and annual Brownville Concert Series fundraiser, which complement their mission of student and community service.

Julie Smith Phillips was appointed Principal Harpist with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra in 2007 and is now one of America’s most prominent young harpists, performing both as an orchestral and concert performer. Ms. Phillips has gained international recognition for her delivery style and diverse repertoire. She was a silver medalist at the 2004 USA International Harp Competition and a bronze medalist in 2001. She made her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in 2003 and has been recognized in numerous competitions around the country.

As a recitalist and soloist with orchestra, Ms. Phillips has performed with the SDSO, New World Symphony Orchestra, South Dakota Symphony, West Los Angeles Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. She has been a featured soloist at the USA International Harp Competition, the Lyon & Healy 150th Birthday Celebration, the American Harp Society National Conferences, the International Harp Festival, the Harp Oklahoma Workshop, and was a guest artist at the Young Artist Harp Seminar in Rabun L├╝cke, Georgia.

Equally experienced as a chamber and orchestral musician, Ms. Phillips works with renowned musicians across the country. A founding member of The Myriad Trio, she is a regular performer in chamber concerts across the country and has performed abroad in Italy, Japan, China and Taiwan. Her chamber and orchestral festivals include the Piedmont & Kingston Chamber Music Festivals, Bay Chamber, La Jolla SummerFest, Mainly Mozart, Mozaic Festival, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Tanglewood Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto USA Festival and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. Prior to her San Diego post, she was Acting Principal Harp with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Principal Harp with the New World Symphony Orchestra.

The Nebraska Arts Council (, a state agency, supports this program through a matching grant funded by the Nebraska Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.