Joseph and Ralph Alessi with the UNR Trombone Choir

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. Before 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.

Trumpeter/Composer Ralph Alessi was born in San Francisco,CA, the son of classical trumpeter Joe Alessi and opera singer Maria Leone. After taking degrees in jazz trumpet and bass—he studied under the legendary Charlie Haden at CalArts—he lit out for New York, where he swiftly became an ubiquitous presence on the downtown scene. He's been a frequent collaborator with such notable musicians as Steve Coleman, Jason Moran, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, Fred Hersch, Uri Caine and Marc Copland. As an educator, Ralph is an Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at University of Nevada-Reno as well as the director of the School for Improvisational Music. 

The UNR Trombone Choir is the Department of Music's trombone ensemble, Mames Albrecht. Albrecht joined the music faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno in the fall of 2018. He is also the acting principal trombone of the Reno Philharmonic. Before his appointment in Reno, he served on the faculty at the University of Akron in Ohio and was the 2nd trombonist in the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

Friday, March 29 at 7:30pm

University Arts Building, Hall Recital Hall

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College of Liberal Arts, School of the Arts, Music





$7 General Admission; Students with ID ZERO



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