The Sonoma State University music department hosts Bay Area native and world-renowned trombonist Joe Alessi next week in a solo recital at 7:30 p.m. on May 11 in Evert B. Person Theatre. The concert is the last of the music department's Faculty and Guest Artist series for 2011-12.
Taking time out of his West Coast tour with the New York Philharmonic, Alessi will be joined by Juilliard pianist Martha Locker for a virtuoso program of music by Claude Debussy, Nicola Ferro, Eugene Bozza, Sergei Prokofiev and Arthur Pryor. The New York Philharmonic will be playing at San Francisco's Davies Hall on May 13 and 14.
Alessi recently announced that he will donate his artist fee to a medical group, InterVol, a non-profit volunteer organization founded in 1989 by Rochester, N.Y., physician Dr. Ralph Pennino. InterVol is dedicated to serving others by recovering and redistributing medical supplies and equipment, building hospitals, providing training for local medical practitioners, and providing emergency medical relief.
Alessi said, "They are a stellar group of doctors and nurses who do fabulous work all over the world." (For more on this effort visit http://www.sonomanews.com/News-2012/Couple-offers-hope-for-Haiti/)
Tickets are $15-$25 and available online at http://www.sonoma.edu/music 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.
Evert B. Person Theatre is a state-of-the-art 475-seat proscenium theatre, adjacent to Ives Hall in the southeastern area of campus. Enter campus from East Cotati Avenue, turn right at the stop sign and then left into Parking Lot E.
Parking is free on weekends, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday.