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Alex Smith ’12 and Lady Gaga Deliver at the Superbowl

Alex Smith ’12 (MM, jazz studies) accompanied Lady Gaga during her outstanding rendition of the National Anthem to open Superbowl 50.

Smith ’12 played for an audience of 60,000 at Levi’s Stadium, and millions of television viewers.

Smith is the pianist, organist and arranger for the Brian Newman Quintet, a group who performed on Lady Gaga’s album of jazz standards with Tony Bennett, Cheek to Cheek, and later accompanied the duo on tour in North America and Europe.

Smith resides in Peekskill and teaches music in Yorktown and privately.

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Lady Gaga embraces Smith following their performance in her Facebook video post.