Gregory Smith’s music covers a wide range of the musical world, entertaining thousands every day and night at Disney theme parks and reaching millions on television networks throughout the world.
Smith’s long association with the Walt Disney Company has yielded original themes, songs and arrangements for their animated features, movies and all of their worldwide theme parks. Wishes, his nighttime spectacular, is a perennial favorite that continues to draw record crowds at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Recently, Smith has created an anniversary fireworks show for Tokyo DisneySea and the castle show for the newly opened Shanghai Disneyland.
Smith’s broadcast credits range from major network themes including inauguration and election themes for CBS, the ubiquitous CBS logo, to underscores for the various Star Trek dramas, Warner Bros. cartoons, as well as sports themes for ESPN, TNT, ABC, Headline News, the NY Mets, the New Jersey Devils and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Smith also composed the music for the Salt Lake Paralympic opening ceremonies, broadcast worldwide by ABC. He has written hundreds of commercial soundtracks for numerous companies including Mattel, Disney, American Express, Kodak, Hasbro and Proctor and Gamble.
Smith’s family/educational concert works have enjoyed nearly 900 performances by more than 200 orchestras, often with Smith narrating. Orchestras such as the Atlanta, Baltimore, Bonn, Boston, Cincinnati, Minnesota and Toronto symphonies, as well as the Rochester and Hong Kong philharmonics have embraced his unique approach. The international reach of these works continues to expand with performances in the United Kingdom, China, South Korea, Germany, Greece, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere. One of his most recent works in this genre, The Animated Orchestra, was commissioned for the Cabrillo Festival 50th Anniversary and premiered in August 2012 with long-time Smith champion Marin Alsop conducting.
As a conductor, Smith has recorded with orchestras in London, San Francisco, Prague, Salt Lake City and Seattle as well as numerous studio orchestras in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville.
Beginning in 1994, Smith has featured at Cabrillo Festival ten times, including four world and two West Coast premiere performances. This season he returns as composer and narrator for two works–Tempus Fugit and Mr. Smith’s Composition– during the Free Family Concert, Sunday, August 7.