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Summertime Classics: Star-Spangled Celebration

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Summertime Classics
Location: Avery Fisher Hall (Directions)
Price Range: $35.00 - $55.00
Duration:

Concert Duration

1 hour 45 minutes
Wed, Jul, 3, 2013
7:30 PM
Thu, Jul, 4, 2013
3:00 PM
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The 2014-15 Season

Program (Click the red play button to listen)

Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo

The Lincoln Tunnel Cabaret for Trombone and Orchestra (World Premiere Orchestral Version)

The Glory of the Yankee Navy

Masque

Candide Suite

The Best of All Possible Worlds

Auto-Da-Fe (What a Day)

Glitter and Be Gay

Make Our Garden Grow

Armed Forces Medley

Hands Across the Sea

The Liberty Bell

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Conductor

bramwell tovey Grammy and Juno award–winning conductor/composer Bramwell Tovey was appointed music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) in 2000, since conducting complete symphony cycles of Beethoven, Mahler, and Brahms; establishing an annual festival dedicated to contemporary music; and touring China, Korea, Canada, and the United States. Mr. Tovey is also the artistic adviser of the VSO School of Music, a state-of-the-art facility and recital hall in downtown Vancouver. In 2018, the VSO’s centenary year, he will become the orchestra’s music director emeritus. In the 2014–15 season he makes guest appearances with orchestras across the globe including The Philadelphia Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, and the Kansas City, Helsingborgs, Melbourne, and Sydney symphony orchestras. Bramwell Tovey won the 2003 Juno Award for Best Classical Composition for his choral and brass work Requiem for a Charred Skull. He has been commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic (Urban Runway, 2008), as well as the Toronto Symphony and Calgary Opera, which premiered his first full-length opera, The Inventor, in 2011 (a recording featuring the VSO, UBC Opera, and original cast will be issued by Naxos). His trumpet concerto, Songs of the Paradise Saloon, was recently performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and soloist Alison Balsom, who reprises it with The Philadelphia Orchestra in December 2014. As a pianist, Mr. Tovey has appeared with ensembles including the Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Toronto, and Royal Scottish National orchestras. In the summer of 2014 he played and conducted Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and in Saratoga with The Philadelphia Orchestra. He has performed his own Pictures in the Smoke with the Melbourne and Helsingborg Symphony Orchestras and the Royal Philharmonic. Mr. Tovey was music director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (1989–2001), where he founded the organization’s New Music Festival, and of Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (2002–06), leading tours of Europe, the U.S., China, and South Korea. A fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London and Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, he holds honorary degrees from the universities of British Columbia, Manitoba, Kwantlen, and Winnipeg. In 2013 he was appointed an honorary Officer of the Order of Canada for services to music.

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Trombone

Joseph Alessi

Joseph Alessi was appointed Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic, The Gurnee F. and Marjorie L. Hart Chair, in the spring of 1985. He began musical studies in his native California with his father, Joseph Alessi, Sr., as a high school student in San Rafael, California, and was a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony before continuing his musical training at The Curtis Institute of Music. Prior to joining the Philharmonic, Mr. Alessi was second trombone of The Philadelphia Orchestra for four seasons, and principal trombone of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra for one season. He has performed as guest principal trombonist with the London Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, led by Pierre Boulez.

Mr. Alessi is an active soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. In April 1990 he made his New York Philharmonic solo debut, performing Creston’s Fantasy for Trombone, and in 1992 premiered Christopher Rouse’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Trombone Concerto with the Philharmonic, which commissioned the work for its 150th anniversary celebration. He performed the World Premiere of Melinda Wagner’s Trombone Concerto, conducted by Lorin Maazel in February 2007. In July 2013 he appeared with the Philharmonic as soloist in Bramwell Tovey’s The Lincoln Tunnel Cabaret for Trombone and Orchestra, written for Mr. Alessi, at Summertime Classics and at Bravo! Vail, both performances conducted by the composer.

Mr. Alessi has been a guest soloist with the Lincoln, Colorado, Syracuse, Virginia, Alabama, Santa Barbara, Puerto Rico, Hartford, and South Dakota symphony orchestras; New Japan, Seoul, Hague, and Helsinki philharmonic orchestras; National Repertory Orchestra; Orchestra of Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Sicily; Mannheim National Theater Orchestra; and National Symphony of Taiwan. Mr. Alessi has also participated in numerous festivals, including the Festivale Musica di Camera in Protogruaro, Italy; Cabrillo Music Festival; Swiss Brass Week; and Lieksa Brass Week in Finland. He was featured in the 1997 International Trombone Festival in Feldkirch, Austria, and the International Meeting of Brass Instruments in Lille, France. He is a founding member of the Summit Brass ensemble at the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute in Tempe, Arizona. In 2002 Mr. Alessi was awarded an International Trombone Association Award for his contributions to the world of trombone music and trombone playing.

Joseph Alessi 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. He has performed as soloist with several leading concert bands, including the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point, U.S. Army Band (“Pershing’s Own”), and the U.S. Marine Band (“The President’s Own”).

Mr. Alessi’s discography includes many releases on the Summit record label, including Trombonastics and Fandango, with New York Philharmonic Principal Trumpet Philip Smith. He also recorded New York Legends on the Cala label, Return to Sorrento on the Naxos record label, and conductor/composer Bramwell Tovey’s Urban Cabaret. His live recording of the Rouse Concerto with the New York Philharmonic can be heard on Volume II of An American Celebration, on New York Philharmonic Special Editions, the Orchestra’s own recording label.

Mr. Alessi was invited by the International Trombone Association to record a solo disc of newly composed works, which was distributed to the Association’s membership of 5,000 trombonists in early 1999 and is now available as Beyond the End of the Century through Summit Records. His recording of George Crumb’s Starchild on the Bridge record label, featuring Mr. Alessi as soloist, won a Grammy Award for 1999–2000. Other recordings featuring Mr. Alessi are with the Canadian Brass (Sony Classical and Philips Records). Further information about Mr. Alessi can be found on his website, www.slidearea.com.

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The United States Coast Guard Band is the premier band representing the United States Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security. The 55-member ensemble has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. The Band has a rich history of performing internationally, and was the first American military band to perform in the former Soviet Union, with concerts in Leningrad and the surrounding area in 1989. In 2008 the Coast Guard Band became the first premier American military band to perform a concert tour of Japan, and the Band toured Taiwan in July 2011.

Based at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, the Coast Guard Band frequently appears in Washington, D.C., at presidential and cabinet level functions on formal and informal occasions. Historic events include National Christmas Tree lighting ceremonies, the American Bicentennial Celebration with President Gerald Ford, World War II Fiftieth Anniversary events in England, and Inaugural celebrations for every President since Herbert Hoover. Guest artists who have appeared with the Coast Guard Band include Plácido Domingo, Marilyn Horne, Elizabeth Futral, Roberta Flack, Shirley Jones, Gregory Peck, Lucie Arnaz, Willard Scott, Walter Cronkite, John Amos, Bill Watrous, Dale Clevenger, Slide Hampton, Cecil Bridgewater, Chris Vadala, David Shifrin, and Philip Smith.

The United States Coast Guard Band was organized in March 1925 with the assistance of Lt. Charles Benter, leader of the United States Navy Band; Walter Damrosch, Music Director of the New York Symphony (which merged with the New York Philharmonic in 1928 to form today’s New York Philharmonic); and John Philip Sousa, former director of the United States Marine Band. In 1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed congressional legislation resulting in the Coast Guard Band becoming the permanent, official musical representative of the nation’s oldest continuous seagoing service. This event also established the Coast Guard Band as one of the country’s premier service bands. These performances mark the U.S. Coast Guard Band’s New York Philharmonic debut.

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