January 9, 2017
Texas Tech University will host the Big 12 Trombone Conference Jan. 20-22 at the School of Music. The event will include a concert and masterclass led by featured guest artist Joseph Alessi, principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
Joseph Alessi has served as principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra since 1985. He made his solo debut with the orchestra in April 1990, and in 1992, he premiered Christopher Rouse's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Trombone Concerto," which was commissioned by the orchestra for its 150th anniversary celebration. He also has performed as a guest principal trombonist with the London Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
Alessi serves as a faculty member for The Juilliard School and has given master classes worldwide as a clinician for the Edwards Instrument Co. He also has toured Europe extensively as a master teacher and recitalist and is an active soloist and chamber music performer.
Registration for the three-day conference begins at 5 p.m. Friday (Jan. 20) in the Hemmle Recital Hall lobby, followed at 7 p.m. by a welcome concert featuring trombone choirs from Texas Tech and the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.
In addition to a masterclass at 10:30 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 21), Alessi’s feature recital
at will take place at 8 p.m. The conference will close after a noon performance Sunday
(Jan. 22) by the Texas Select Trombone Quartet.
Trombone artists and professors from Big 12 universities and beyond will offer clinics and presentations throughout the weekend. The conference will include several performances by university professors and collegiate trombone ensembles, a trombone choir reading session and two nationally renowned competitions for composition and for solo performance. There also will be the opportunity to view and purchase music accessories provided by local and national vendors.
Admission for all conference events is $40 and group discounts are available. Non-conference public tickets for Alessi’s featured concert will be $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors.
To see a full itinerary, purchase tickets or find other information, visit the conference website.
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