The Alessis and the Met: A Family Affair

Joseph Alessi, the distinguished principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic, is renowned throughout the world as one of the preeminent orchestral musicians of our time. What is less well-known, however, is that his parents first met when they were both performers at the Met. The Alessi family's roots at the Met, however, don't end there.

A Letter from Above

One of the unique challenges of playing in an opera orchestra is the possibility of props falling on your head. In one performance of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, a rather innocuous object fell into the second violins. What followed was a bout of quick thinking and the rescue of a key plot point.

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