Love Is In The Air (January 27, 2019 3:00p.m.)

Music, Shakespeare proposed, is “the food of love.” Certainly, music and romantic love have been closely connected for centuries. In the Middle Ages, troubadours sang ballads about love and lovers, and hopeful suitors have serenaded the objects of their affections since perhaps even before then.   The North Port Symphony kindly requests the honor of your presence, as we show you the subjective qualities of musical romantic ardor.

Featuring: Joël Vaïsse and Michael Alegria  

Special Musical Selections will include:

Flute Concerto No. 2 in D Major” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Flute Concerto No. 2 in D Major is an adaptation of the original oboe concerto. Dutch flautist Ferdinand De Jean (1731–1797) commissioned Mozart for four flute quartets and three flute concerti; of which Mozart only completed three quartets and one new flute concerto. Instead of creating a new second concerto, Mozart rearranged the oboe concerto he had written a year earlier as the second flute concerto, although with substantial changes for it to fit with what the composer deemed flute-like. However, De Jean did not pay Mozart for this concerto because it was based on the oboe concerto.


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Joël Vaïsse

Joël Vaïsse

Principal Trombone, The Florida Orchestra

JOËL VAÏSSE is well known to orchestras and audiences as one of the leading trombone players of our times. Principal Trombone of the Florida Orchestra under Michael Francis since November 2017, Joel Vaisse was previously Principal Trombone of all the major French orchestras (Orchestre National de France from April 1999 to July 2014 ; Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Orchestre de Paris from 1997 to 1999, becoming the first musician ever to hold two principal positions simultaneously, Orchestre National de Lyon from 1991-1997 and Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse from 1990-1991). As a soloist, he performed the French premiere of the Double concerto for Trumpet and Trombone by Siegfried Matthus with the Orchestre National de France under Kurt Masur’s direction which was originally commissioned by the New York Philharmonic as well as the French premiere of the “Symphony for Trombone” by Ernst Bloch which was recorded live and was subsequently released on CD. He appeared with the Atlantic Chamber Orchestra at the Santander International Festival, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the I Solisti Veniti and recently world premiered « Pinocchio’s Nose « by Thierry Lancino with the Orchestra of the Opera of Marseille which was specially commissioned for him.
Since October 2013 Joël resides in New York City where he is performing in Broadway shows such as the King and I, Cinderella, American in Paris, Fiddler on the Roof to name a few. He continues to be in demand in the classical repertoire whether lyrical or symphonic collaborating with the Metropolitan Opera and many symphony orchestras such as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony and many others.
As a professor, he taught at the National Regional Conservatory of Versailles and has given numerous masterclasses in France, throughout Europe as well as in Japan, Taiwan and the United States at Boston University and the Manhattan School of Music. Since January 2005, he has been invited by Maestro Riccardo Muti to coach the brass section of his newly created youth orchestra « Cherubini » in Piacenza, Italy. Also, at Maestro Riccardo Muti’s request, he participated in July 2002 in a commemorative concert for the victims of 9/11 in New York City.
An active chamber music player, he is a member of the Lincoln Center Trombones and the New York Filmharmonic brass septet created in 2015. Their first CD together with music by John Williams was released in June of 2016. He was a member of the trombone quartet “MILLIERE” as well as a member of the sextet “IBY6”.
A native of Marseille, France, Joël started taking trombone lessons at the age of 10 with his father André VAÏSSE at the National Conservatory of Marseille. In 1980, invited by the Florida State University, he was granted a scholarship to study with William F. Kramer in Tallahassee. He then pursued his studie at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris where he graduated in 1985 receiving the first prize with merits. In 1986, he won the Prix D’Honneur of the International Competition of MARKNEUKIRCHEN and in 1988 he took 3 rd prize at the International Trombone Competition in Geneva.
Joël Vaïsse released his first solo album « Tranquille » on the DistriClassic label, which includes works by Ernst Bloch, Enrique Crespo, Nils Landgren and Thierry Caens. He has appeared on several other Cd’s with his quartet and as a soloist with works especially commissioned for him. He is a Buffet Group USA Artist performing on a Antoine Courtois trombone.

Michael Alegria

Michael Alegria

Guest Artist

Michael Alegria serves as the North Port Symphony’s Treasurer, Marketing Manager, and Development Manager. He is currently the Music Teacher at Atwater Elementary School in North Port where he teaches Kindergarten through Fifth grade General Music, Chorus, and Orchestra. Michael has served as the principal flutist for several community ensembles such as the North Port Concert Band, North Port Symphony, and North Port Woodwind Quintet. He has been a solo artist with the North Port Concert Band, Venice Performing Arts Series, Venice Instrumental and Vocal Arts, Sarasota Artist series. He has performed with many other ensembles of note, including the Teacher’s Flute Orchestra at the Florida Flute Convention. Michael has a Bachelors in Music Management from Florida Southern College and performs in the flute section with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra in Lakeland. He currently lives in North Port with his wife Lorianne.

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Pre-Concert Series Artist

January 27, 2019 2:00p.m. to 2:45p.m. North Port Performing Arts Center Courtyard.


Performers TBA!