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Serenading Shanghai

The New York Philharmonic is just settling into Shanghai — adjusting to the time change and the hot weather before beginning the Orchestra’s inaugural performance residency on July 4 — but in the meantime, one musician is already at work. Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi arrived early to teach and conduct at the Trombone Festival of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA), one result of the partnership between the Philharmonic and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, with collaboration from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, that has brought the Orchestra here for this five-concert, multi-education-event residency that runs through July 10. 

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PHOTOS: Final 2013 Concerts in Vail

The Philharmonic wrapped up its 11th-annual summer residency at Bravo! Vail with three concerts that took audiences from Broadway to outer space, from Finland to the Lincoln Tunnel. Check out highlights from the Orchestra's final days performing in stunning Vail, Colorado, with conductors Bramwell Tovey and Ted Sperling, and Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi, violinist Gil Shaham, and singers Betsy Wolfe and Andrew Samonsky as soloists.

Photos by Chris Lee.

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Joseph Alessi New York Legends

Riding in his sports car from his home in New Jersey to Avery Fisher Hall, Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi gets stuck in traffic at the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel. Unfazed, Alessi grabs his trombone and serenades his fellow commuters. 

This never happened, but it’s what composer-conductor Bramwell Tovey imagines in his 2006 piece The Lincoln Tunnel Cabaret, written for his friend Alessi. 

“In New York, anything can happen,” quips Tovey. 

He conducts Alessi and the Orchestra in the World Premiere of the work’s orchestral version tonight and tomorrow at “Star-Spangled Celebration,” the opening program of the Philharmonic’s annual Summertime Classics series, and again at Bravo! Vail.

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