“Highly cinematic with rousing brass flourishes and over-the-top percussion… it immediately commands the listener’s attention.”
Classical Lost and Found

Composed originally as the first movement of On Music’s Wings for the Pacific Symphony’s 25th anniversary celebration, Silver Fanfare has been performed by several of America’s most notable orchestras, including the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, and Nashville Symphony. Boyer’s recording with the London Philharmonic Orchestra has become popular on many American classical radio stations. Silver Fanfare has the distinction of being chosen to open both the 2015 and 2016 seasons of the Hollywood Bowl.

Instrumentation

picc.2.3(III=corA).3(III=bcl).3(III=cbsn)—4.3.3.1—timp.perc(4)—harp—pft—strings

Duration

4:00

Composition Date and Commission

Composed 2004
Commissioned by the Pacific Symphony to celebrate its 25th anniversary season

Critical Acclaim

“This delightful concert work has a sort of Bruce Broughton/John Williams-esque style with great writing across the orchestra…”
Cinemusical

View Performance History

– Performed by the Nashville Symphony, Byung-Hyun Rhee, conductor, June 6, 2006
– Performed by the Pasadena Pops Orchestra, Rachael Worby, conductor, September 8 & 9, 2006
– Performed by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Olomouc, Czech Republic, Lawrence Golan, conductor, June 20, 2007, and recorded by those performers; recording released on compact disc by Albany Records (Troy #1027), May 2008
– Performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra, Keith Lockhart, conductor, at Symphony Hall, Boston, May 11-14, 2011 (five performances)
– Performed by the Lancaster (Ohio) Festival Orchestra, Gary Sheldon, conductor, July 21, 2012
– Performed by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, David Charles Abell, conductor, at Riverbend Music Center, July 4, 2014
– Performed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Thomas Wilkins, conductor, at the Hollywood Bowl Opening Night Gala with Journey, June 20, 2015
– Performed by the Temecula Valley Symphony (Inland Valley Symphony), John Mario, conductor, May 21, 2016
– To be performed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Thomas Wilkins, conductor, at the Hollywood Bowl Opening Night Gala with Steely Dan, June 18, 2016
– Boston Pops performance broadcast on WGBH 99.5, May 14, 2011
-Recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Boyer, conductor, at Abbey Road Studios, London, June 17, 2013; released worldwide by Naxos in its American Classics Series (#8.559769), February 2014
– Naxos recording broadcast on more than 75 radio stations throughout the United States; featured on stations including KUSC, Los Angeles, KDFC, San Francisco, and WGUC, Cincinnati

Read Program Note

Silver Fanfare was composed as the first movement of the six-movement work On Music’s Wings, commissioned by Orange County’s Pacific Symphony to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Since the 25th is considered the “silver” among anniversaries, I chose that descriptor for its title. Though the larger work from which it comes calls for vocal soloists, children’s chorus, and SATB chorus in addition to the orchestra, Silver Fanfare is for orchestra alone. The first reason for this was a practical one: so that it could be performed separately, as a stand-alone work and concert opener. The second reason was simply to provide a showpiece for the virtuoso orchestra that is the Pacific Symphony. The work maintains a jubilant mood from start to finish. Among subsequent performances, I was especially pleased that Keith Lockhart chose Silver Fanfare to open the 126th season of the Boston Pops in 2011.

Silver Fanfare

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Peter Boyer, conductor

Photos from the Pacific Symphony premiere, rehearsal with the Boston Pops, performance on the Hollywood Bowl Opening Night with Journey