The University of Southern Mississippi will host renowned trombonist Joseph Alessi, for two performances on Sunday, Nov. 23 and Monday, Nov. 24 at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.
The Sunday concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and includes accompaniment by the Trombones @ Southern Miss. The following day, Alessi will host a master class beginning at 10 a.m. in Marsh Auditorium until noon. The featured performance occurs that night with the Wind Ensemble. All events are free and open to the public.
Alessi's performance Sunday with the Trombones @ Southern Miss will feature the Hub Bones, the Southern Miss Trombone Octet, and the Southern Miss Trombone Choir under the direction of Dr. Ben McIlwain, Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professor of Trombone.
Together they will be performing several pieces including Anthony Barfield's new work entitled “Dreamcatcher,” that the Southern Miss Trombone Choir helped to commission. The performance also will include Ritter-George's “Aria and Dance” with the Southern Miss Trombone Octet and Puccini's aria Nessun Dorma with the Southern Miss Trombone Choir. The remainder of the program will include works by Jacob, Premru, Snell, Tchaikovsky, Verhelst.
Following Alessi's master class on Nov. 24, he will join the Southern Miss Wind Ensemble for a high intensity musical experience under the direction of Dr. Catherine Rand, director of bands. The evening's program is a concert of seasons, with each piece representing a different time of year. The performance will include “Gone” by Scott McAllister; “Harvest Concerto,” written for Alessi by John Mackey; “Radiant Joy” by Steven Bryant; and “The Solitary Dancer” by Warren Benson. ‘
“We are very excited to bring Joseph Alessi to Mississippi and Southern Miss School of Music. The opportunity that our students will have to study under, and perform with such an accomplished musician is unforgettable,” said Rand. “As an audience you will be thrilled with the exhilarating performance and repertoire of each of these wonderful performances.”
Alessi was appointed principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic in the spring of 1985. Prior to joining the Philharmonic, he was second trombone of The Philadelphia Orchestra for four seasons, and principal trombone of LÃ¬Orchestre symphonique de Montreal for one season. In addition, he has performed as guest principal trombonist with the London Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall led by Pierre Boulez.
He is currently on the faculty of The Juilliard School; his students now occupy posts with many major symphony orchestras in the U.S. and internationally. As a clinician for the Edwards Instrument Co., he has also given master classes throughout the world and has toured Europe extensively as a master teacher and recitalist.