News Release - March 15, 2012

World Renowned Trombonist To Perform At Sonoma State

Joe Alessi

ROHNERT PARK, CA Mar. 15, 2012  _Brass players and music lovers throughout Northern California will converge at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park to welcome New York Philharmonic principal trombonist Joe Alessi as the Bay Area native performs a solo concert on Friday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Evert B. Person Theatre.

Joe Alessi is known worldwide as a trombone soloist, recitalist, chamber music performer, and master teacher. Principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic since 1985, he began musical studies with his father, Joseph Alessi, Sr. As a high school student in San Rafael, he was a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony before continuing his musical training at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music. Alessi's Sonoma State appearance coincides with the New York Philharmonic's West Coast tour of Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.

Mr. Alessi recently announced that he would be donating his artist fee to a medical group that has traveled to Haiti and Rwanda on humanitarian missions. Alessi said, "They are a stellar group of doctors and nurses who do fabulous work all over the world."

Tickets are $15-$25 and available online at or by calling the SSU box office at (707) 664-2353. Seats are general admission and advance purchase is recommended. For group sales call (707) 664-2325. Purchase Tickets Online

In April 1990 Alessi made his solo debut with the New York Philharmonic, performing Paul 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.

His most recent appearance with the NY Philharmonic as soloist was in world premiere performances of Melinda Wagner's Trombone Concerto in February of 2007.

Mr. Alessi has performed as guest soloist with orchestras throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Taiwan and Korea and has participated in numerous brass and chamber music festivals. He is a founding member of the Summit Brass Ensemble and in 2002 he was awarded an International Trombone Association Award for his contributions to the world of trombone music and trombone playing.

Mr. 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.

Joe Alessi Info and links:

Joe Alessi home page
Carmen (YouTube)
Blue Bells of Scotland (YouTube)
Gershwin (YouTube)
Bolero (YouTube)
Nessun Dorma (YouTube)

For Evert B. Person Theatre, enter campus from East Cotati Ave., turn right at the stop sign, then left into Parking Lot E.

Parking is $2.50 weekdays and free on weekends. See a campus map

Media Contact:

Ruth E. Wilson
Lecturer in Horn
Music Department Publicity
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928