8The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra's season closer, Bad to the Bones, is one not to be missed. Scheduled for Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Seabrook Auditorium, it will feature Joseph Alessi. Alessi is not only the principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic and a Grammy award-winning musician, he is also a friend and mentor to the FSO's music director, Stephan Sanders.
Sanders shared, “Joe Alessi changed my life! His artistry and discipline inspired me to dream big and work hard. I am so grateful to consider him a mentor and friend. Our Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra musicians and audience are in for an unforgettable experience with Joe, the greatest trombonist of all time.”
Alessi has showcased his musical talent alongside symphony ensembles across the globe, and now the FSO is privileged to have him grace the Fayetteville community with a captivating performance alongside the entire orchestra.
Alessi's talents will be on full display during Nino Rota’s Trombone Concerto and Launy Grøndahl’s Trombone Concerto.
Nino Rota was known for composing pieces that gave opportunities to instruments not usually showcased or highlighted in the orchestral repertoire like the harp, bassoon, and the trombone.
Danish composer Launy Grøndahl composed Trombone Concerto in 1924. This work was inspired by the trombone section of the Casino Theatre Orchestra in Copenhagen. Grøndahl was a violinist in the orchestra which he joined at the young age of thirteen.
Looking for a lift to the concert? There will be a trolley service provided. The shuttle will collect passengers at the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra office, located at 310 Green Street, in the main parking lot. The pick-up time is at 6:30 p.m. sharp, and it will bring you back after the concert. No reservations are needed, and it's completely free to use.
Bad to the Bones will be the last performance of the 2023-2024 season. A new season announcement is expected soon, says Meghan Woolbright, the FSO’s Marketing & Office Manager.
“We will be announcing our 2024-2025 season in early May before this concert. Expect to hear a combination of pops, classical, and chamber music for all to enjoy with some incredible collaborations from artists worldwide!”
Also, mark your calendars for the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra's Independence Day Concert at Festival Park on July 4. There will not only be incredible music from the FSO, but from Cumberland Choral Arts and the 82nd Airborne Division All-American Band as well.
Tickets for the Bad to the Bones concert range from $5-$32 and can be purchased at https://www.fayettevillesymphony.org/ or call the office at 910-433-4690.

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