Posts Tagged ‘John Mackey’

Mackey’s Concerto Available on iTunes

Monday, January 31st, 2011

John Mackey's Harvest performed by Joseph AlessiJohn Mackey’s Harvest – Concerto for Trombone, performed by Joseph Alessi and The West Point Band, Timothy Holtan, conductor, is now available on iTunes.

From the composer…

Harvest: Concerto for Trombone is based on the myths and mystery rituals of the Greek god Dionysus. As the Olympian god of the vine, Dionysus is famous for inspiring ecstasy and creativity. But this agricultural, earth-walking god was also subjected each year to a cycle of agonizing death before glorious rebirth, analogous to the harsh pruning and long winter the vines endure before blooming again in the spring. The concerto’s movements attempt to represent this dual nature and the cycle of suffering and return.”

Read more about the piece on John’s web site.

Alessi Performance Available Online

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Last night, Joe Alessi and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, conducted by Jerry Junkin, performed John Mackey’s Harvest : Concerto for Trombone, a fantastic addition to the repertoire. For a short time, you can hear the performance on Mackey’s web site. You can also follow along with the solo trombone part or the complete score. Be sure to check this out before it’s pulled from the web site!

Update: A recording of the Concerto by Alessi and The West Point Band is now available on iTunes.