KU Wind Ensemble with special guest Joseph Alessi, trombone

Conducted by Paul W. Popiel

Seasoned trombonist Joseph Alessi is an active soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. He was appointed principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic in 1985 and has been a guest soloist with countless symphony and philharmonic orchestras all over the country and globe. In 2002, Alessi was awarded an International Trombone Association Award for his contributions to the world of trombone music and playing. He continues to travel the world as a master teacher and recitalist and is currently on the faculty of The Juilliard School.

Alessi will share the stage with KU’s Wind Ensemble conducted by Paul W. Popiel, director of bands at KU. The New York Times has described the wind ensemble as “one of America’s most esteemed concert bands.” The program will include the Kansas premiere of Quaternity, composed by Bruce Broughton in 2018 and commissioned by a consortium of university and military bands, specifically for Joseph Alessi as soloist.

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