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Mendelssohn, Tan Dun, and Joel Thompson

Mar 21 - Mar 24

Mendelssohn was so taken with the history and landscape of Scotland that it inspired his Symphony No. 3, which is inflected with stylistic elements of Scottish dances. The program opens with a World Premiere by Joel Thompson, followed by NY Phil Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi as soloist in Tan Dun’s concerto inspired by three ancient Chinese instruments. Jaap van Zweden conducts.

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Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall



1 Hour 30 Minutes with Intermission

Program to Include

Joel Thompson

To See the Sky (World Premiere–NY Phil Co-Commission with the American Composers Forum, Atlanta Symphony, Aspen Music Festival and School, and Bravo! Vail Music Festival)

Tan Dun

Trombone Concerto: Three Muses in Video Game (New York Premiere)

Fe. Mendelssohn

Symphony No. 3, Scottish


Joseph Alessi Trombone

Joseph Alessi was appointed Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic, The Gurnee F. and Marjorie L. Hart Chair, in the spring of 1985. He began musical studies in his native California with his father, Joseph Alessi, Sr., as a high school student in San Rafael, California, and was a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony before continuing his musical training at the Curtis Institute of Music. Before joining the Philharmonic, Alessi was second trombone of The Philadelphia Orchestra for four seasons, and principal trombone of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra for one season. He has performed as guest principal trombonist with the London Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, led by Pierre Boulez.

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Jaap van Zweden Conductor

Jaap van Zweden began his tenure as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2018. He has also served as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic since 2012, and became Music Director of the Seoul Philharmonic in 2024. He will become Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in September 2026, after serving as its Music Director Designate in the 2025–26 season. He has conducted orchestras on three continents, appearing as guest with, in Europe, the Orchestre de Paris, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and London Symphony Orchestra, and, in the United States, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and other distinguished ensembles.

Learn more about Jaap van Zweden


Major support for these concerts is provided by Honey M. Kurtz.

These performances of Joel Thompson’s New Work are made possible with generous support from the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts.

American Composers Forum support is made possible by The Thelma E. Hunter Fund in honor of the 100th anniversary of her birth.