Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic and UNLV Distinguished Artist-in-Residence, at Ham Hall and a copy of the album cover for Joe's Tango.
Oct. 2, 2023

The UNLV School of Music presents the American Prize Award-winning UNLV Wind Orchestra in “Joe’s Tango" at 7:30 p.m., on Nov. 16 in Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall. The concert features Distinguished Artist-in-Residence and principal trombonist for the New York Philharmonic, Joseph Alessi.

"The College of Fine Arts is very honored to have Joe Alessi as a Distinguished Artist-in-Residence during this academic year," said College of Fine Arts dean, Nancy J. Uscher. "Our students will be truly inspired by his artistry.”

The Nov. 16 concert, conducted by Professor Thomas G. Leslie and Dr. Zane S. Douglass, highlights a plethora of world premiere performances including: UNLV Wind Orchestra Associate Conductor Douglass’ transcription of the Main Theme from “Captain Blood” by Erich Korngold; Chick Corea’s Concerto for Trombone, featuring Alessi; Jorge Machain’s Five Cities featuring the internationally renowned brass quintet, Boston Brass; and a brand new composition entitled Triumvirate composed by Machain to commemorate the collaboration of Maestro Alessi, the Boston Brass, and the UNLV Wind Orchestra on the release of their new album, Joe’s Tango. Tickets are $20 and available online, through the UNLV Performing Arts Center box office, or by calling 702-895-ARTS. Discounts are available. 

The new album, JOE’S TANGO, features the world premiere recording Concerto for Trombone by jazz legend Chick Corea, tailor-made for virtuoso solo trombonist Joseph Alessi. Conductor Thomas G. Leslie, his UNLV Wind Orchestra, and the Boston Brass Quintet empathetically frame this centerpiece with works by Hugo Montenegro and the young Jorge Machain, who offers the world premiere recording of his Five Cities to the mix.