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Joseph Alessi is a renowned American trombonist who has made a name for himself in the classical music world. Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1959, Alessi began playing the trombone at the age of nine. He went on to study at the Juilliard School in New York City, where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree in 1982.
Alessi's talent on the trombone quickly became evident, and he was soon performing with some of the most prestigious orchestras in the country. In 1985, he joined the New York Philharmonic as principal trombonist, a position he still holds today. He has also performed as a soloist with many other orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
In addition to his work with orchestras, Alessi is also an active chamber musician. He has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Summit Brass, and the Canadian Brass, among others. He is also a founding member of the trombone quartet, Summit Trombones.
Alessi's recordings have received critical acclaim, and he has won several awards for his work. His solo recordings include "Slide Area," "Beyond the End of the Century," and "Return to Sorrento." He has also recorded with the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to his work as a performer, Alessi is also a respected teacher. He has taught at the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Tanglewood Music Center. He currently serves as the professor of trombone at the Yale School of Music.
Alessi's contributions to the world of classical music have been recognized with numerous awards and honors. In 2002, he was awarded the International Trombone Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also been named a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London and an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark.
Despite his busy schedule, Alessi continues to perform and record. His most recent recording, "Songs of the Reeds," was released in 2019. He also continues to teach and mentor young musicians, ensuring that the next generation of trombonists will be just as talented and dedicated as he is.

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Composer Eric Nathan to Release New Album, SOME FAVORED NOOK, Libretto by Mark Campbell

Composer Eric Nathan releases Some Favored Nook, a new album featuring a song cycle that sets the writings of Emily Dickinson to music. The album, with a libretto by Mark Campbell, explores themes of love, war, and women's rights.

Video: Joseph Alessi Performs Chick Corea at Bravo! Vail

On July 19, The New York Philharmonic and Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi performed Chick Corea’s Trombone Concerto, Corea’s final completed work, written for Alessi, at Bravo! Vail. Check out a video clip from the performance!

Photos: First Look at THEY DON'T PAY? WE WON'T PAY! at Mercury Theatre

All new production photos have been released for Mercury Theatre's production of They Don't Pay? We Won't Pay! by Dario Fo and Franca Rame. Check out the photos below!

Photos: Inside Rehearsal For THEY DON'T PAY? WE WON'T PAY! at Mercury Theatre

All new rehearsal photos have been released for Mercury Theatre’s upcoming production of Deborah McAndrews’ They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay!, a new adaptation of Dario Fo and Franca Rame’s Sottopaga? Non si paga!.

Bravo! Vail Music Festival Announces 36th Season

London's acclaimed Academy of St Martin in the Fields makes its highly anticipated return to Bravo! Vail with Music Director Joshua Bell. World-renowned resident orchestras-the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra-join for 17 programs led by Music Directors Jaap van Zweden, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Fabio Luisi, in addition to guest conductors Marin Alsop, Giancarlo Guerrero, Hannu Lintu, Stéphane Denève, Jeff Tyzik, and Justin Freer.

Mercury Theatre Announces Full Cast For THEY DON'T PAY? WE WON'T PAY!

Mercury Theatre has announced the full cast for their upcoming production They Don't Pay? We Won't Pay!, Deborah McAndrews' adaptation of Dario Fo and Franca Rame's Sottopaga? Non si paga!. Mercury Theatre Creative Director Ryan McBryde directs Joseph Alessi (Jack), Olatunji Ayofe (Lewis), Laura Doddington (Anthea), Tesni Kujore (Maggie) and Marc Pickering (Constable/ Sergeant/Undertaker/Pops).

The Cleveland Orchestra And Music Director Franz Welser-Möst Appoint Brian Wendel As Principal Trombone

The Cleveland Orchestra announced that Music Director Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra have appointed Brian Wendel as principal trombone beginning August 22. He will hold the Gilbert W. and Louise I. Humphrey Chair.

New York Classical Players to Perform U.S. Premiere Of Vivian Fung's Concerto For Two Violins

New York Classical Players will present two performances of Hommage à J.S. Bach, featuring the U.S. premiere of Vivian Fung's Concerto for Two Violins and String Orchestra, as well as Eric Nathan's Dancing with J. S. Bach No. 1, both of which draw inspiration from Bach's musical innovations.

Photos: Inside Rehearsal For THE WICKER HUSBAND at the Watermill

Rehearsal photos have been released for the highly anticipated return of critically acclaimed musical THE WICKER HUSBAND. 

Full Casting Announced for THE WICKER HUSBAND

Full casting has been announced for the return of critically acclaimed musical THE WICKER HUSBAND.

Composer Eric Nathan Releases MISSING WORDS

Composer Eric Nathan today released the world premiere recording of Missing Words (2014-2021) on New Focus Recordings.

Collage New Music to Present The World Premiere Of Eric Nathan's SHORT STORIES

Collage New Music will present the world premiere of composer Eric Nathan's Short Stories. Held at Pickman Concert Hall at the Longy School of Music, the concert will feature the Boston premieres of Talia Amar's When a Dream Becomes Reality and Marjorie Merryman's Four Images, plus Andrew Imbrie's Pilgrimage in honor of Imbrie's 100th birthday.

PBS To Broadcast Milwaukee Symphony's Season Opening Concert

On Friday, December 17, 2021 at 8PM CT/9PM ET, PBS will premiere the national broadcast of Live from Bradley Symphony Center: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. The recording is of Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's October 2, 2021 season opening concert, A Grand Opening, which featured the world premiere of Eric Nathan's Opening.

Composer Eric Nathan to Release Missing Words, Feat. BMOP, ICE & More

Composer Eric Nathan will release the world premiere recording of Missing Words (2014-2021) on January 21, 2022 on New Focus Recordings. Performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, American Brass Quintet, cellist Parry Karp and pianist Christopher Karp, International Contemporary Ensemble, Neave Trio, and Hub New Music.

Composer Eric Nathan to Make Boston Conducting Debut In New England Philharmonic Season Opener

On Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 8:00pm, composer Eric Nathan will make his Boston orchestral conducting debut leading the New England Philharmonic in their season opening concert at All Saints Parish.

Virtual Theatre Today: Thursday, June 3- Alfred Molina, Audra McDonald, and More!

Today (June 3) in live streaming: Youth Pride Chorus takes over at Stars in the House, Alfred Molina visits Backstage Live, and more!

Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis And Trumpeter Michael Sachs Partner for World Premiere Video Performance

Multiple GRAMMY-nominated harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and The Cleveland Orchestra's principal trumpet Michael Sachs announce the world premiere video performance of Aaron Jay Kernis' Elegy . . . for those we lost. Kernis wrote this work just one year ago offering music to reflect, mourn, and remember those lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is presented for the first time in this arrangement created especially for Sachs and Kondonassis.

Taylor Mac, Carl Hancock Rux, Robbie Fairchild & More Featured in RESTART STAGES Programming Throughout June

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts today announced new artistic commissions, creative community, and civic collaborations, and more this coming June at Restart Stages—the new outdoor performing arts center constructed on the Lincoln Center campus.

Pacific Symphony Principal Trumpet Barry Perkins To Be Featured In INAUGURATION FANFARE FOR JOE AND KAMALA

Principal Trumpet Barry Perkins has been invited to represent Pacific Symphony in the Hope & Harmony Ensemble, formed by concert tour company Classical Movements in honor of the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

New York Philharmonic Continues PROJECT 19

The New York Philharmonic will continue the initiative commemorating the centennial of the 19th Amendment with commissions of new works by 19 women composers. Project 19 launched in February 2020 with live performances of six World Premieres (three for full orchestra, three for smaller ensembles).


Joseph Alessi has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

Joseph Alessi has not appeared in the West End

Joseph Alessi has been nominated for the Best Supporting Performance in a Musical category at the Olivier Awards for his role in "Animal Crackers".

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