Anthony Tommasini's review of the Dec. 28 NYC Philharmonic concert praised the new concerto featuring Joseph Alessi, who played "dazzlingly."
An excerpt from the New York Times, December 30, 2016
[Conductor Alan Gilbert] chose two nicely complementary works for the first half of the program, which opened with another kind of urban portrait: Copland’s contemplative “Quiet City,” scored for English horn (Grace Shryock), trumpet (Christopher Martin) and strings. Then he led a feisty, colorful account of William Bolcom’s fantastical, blues-tinged Trombone Concerto, written for the Philharmonic’s superb principal trombonist, Joseph Alessi, who played dazzlingly. The orchestra gave the premiere of this piece in June as part of its NY Phil Biennial. It was good to hear it again.
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