Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Russo was commissioned to compose a new trio for the Palisades Virtuosi -- Margaret Swinchoski flute, Donald Mokrynski clarinet and Ron Levy piano. The ensemble will perform the world premiere of this new trio at 8pm on Friday, November 4, 2016 in Fair Lawn, NJ. For more information about this performance - including ticket information and directions to the performance location you may click here.
Update: Russo's Trio "Friendship" received a very successful world premiere performance on Friday, November 4th by the Palisades Virtuosi in Fair Lawn NJ.
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Saturday, July 9, 2016
Friday, July 8, 2016
Pictured from left to right: Marshall Brown, Jaime Thorne, Joseph Russo, Andrew Caruk, Julia Caruk
If you would like to listen to a computer generated sound file of this music you may do so by clicking here.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Friday, October 9, 2015
If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound files of this symphony you may do so by clicking here.
Monday, July 6, 2015
If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound file of his Bass Duo you may do so by clicking here.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Monday, March 9, 2015
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Sunday, May 25, 2014
On Friday, May 30th bassist Deb Spohnheimer and bassist Matt Weber performed the world premiere of Russo's Bass Duo for two double basses. The work was included on a recital in the Great Hall of Marshalls Chess Club at 23 West 10th Street (5/6 Avenues). .....to listen to a computer generated sound file of the piece click here.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Russo's Concert Fanfare for Eight Trumpets was included on a concert by the Montclair State University Trumpet Ensemble Cali Brass ensemble (Charles Bumcrot, director) at 4pm on May 11th at Saint Luke's Church in Montclair, New Jersey. The performers were Mike Bassett, Clayton Beyert, Joseph Christianson, Luke Finaldi, Daniel Mango, Daniel Minogue, Evan Weatherby and Mike Willensky. If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound file of this piece you may do so by clicking here.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Below are some photos taken at the festival:
Monday, May 27, 2013
To read about the participating performers of this Canadian music festival you may click here.
(...scroll down to see Russo's bio)
From the festival's website:
A special highlight of this year's festival will be the Canadian premiere of "Mourning Mist for Guitar and String Quartet" by Joseph Russo on July 29.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound file of this three movement work you may do so by clicking here.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Basses At Play!
Saturday, May 25, 5:00 pm, Berkman Recital Hall
If you would like to hear some basses in action, come to our great Bass Ensemble concert on Saturday, May 25 at 5:00 pm in Berkman Recital Hall. We will perform an eclectic mix of composers including the Turtles and Mahler. Plus we’re premiering a brand new work written for us by Connecticut composer, Joseph Russo! We will have some exciting, special guests joining us as well. Admission is free.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
If you would like to listen to a recording of this piece click here.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Here are some photos of the evening:
Both photos show Joseph Russo with conductor and long time friend James Sinclair after the first performance of Russo's Second Symphony.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The work is scheduled to be performed again at the Guitar Festival near Quebec, Canada this coming summer.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
If you would like to hear a computer generated sound file (without actions) of this piece you may do so by clicking here.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Sunday, September 30, 2012
If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound files of the four movements of this symphony you may do so by clicking here.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Lisa will be giving the world premiere of this music on September 27, 2012. Here is the information about her recital:
Monday, January 23, 2012
Monday, December 5, 2011
Joseph Russo's music is lyrical. Its harmonies have a lovely flowing narrative.
Flute Queen, Concert Soloist,
#1 Adventurous Classical Artist
Friday, October 21, 2011
Here is the program:
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
On Monday, July 26 Russo and his long time Juilliard friend, Nathaniel Ayers ("The Soloist") performed together for the White House celebration of the anniversary of ADA (Amercians with Disabilities Act). Joe accompanied Nathaniel who played violin and trumpet. Both were given the opportunity to shake President Obama's hand! Nathaniel's comment to the President: "I wish you a blessed Presidency". An important event and a very successful performance.
Update: if you would like to view the complete performance click here: Nathaniel Ayers and Joseph Russo play at White House
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Four of Joe’s students have had some great news recently. Here is Joe’s comment:
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Orchestra New England gave the world premiere of Russo's "Changes" for Septet which he completed recently. The performance took place on April 10 at the United Church on the Green in New Haven, Connecticut. You may hear the computer generated rendition of this new work by clicking where indicated on the blog post below. The sound file of the first live performance of this music will be posted sometime soon.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Sunday, November 15, 2009
The world premiere of this work is scheduled at the Keeler Tavern in Ridgefield, Connecticut in March: Chamber Music Concert, Bassoonery, Sunday, March 21, 3 p.m., $15, Keeler Tavern Museum, 203-428-5485.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
UPDATE: as of November 2011 a number of harpists have purchased the music to Distant Light in Mexico City (Mexico), Los Angeles (USA), Maryland (USA), Long Island, New York (USA), New Canaan, Connecticut (USA), Angers (France), Netherlands.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Hannoverture was again performed in Wustrow, Germany on October 4, 2009 by a brass choir. You may view and hear the video of this performance by clicking here.
Here is the description of the earlier (Bremen) video by quintet leader and trombone player Alexander Kockel:
This is a trial and error performance between rehearsal (2 weeks before) and official premiere in europe (the evening after) at the Kirchentag in Bremen/GER.
We, the brass quintet "Ottoni con anima", were not prepared to play outdoor, so we unfortunately lost the challenge against the wind, who blew the sheets away. But see, it was fun and the performance in the evening (in church) was about to tell another story... :-)
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The Ridgefield Symphony Brass Quintet and Joe: from left to right - Sara Della Posta - French Horn, Tom Verchot - trumpet, Daniel Peck - tuba, Joe Russo, John Charles Thomas - trumpet, Johannes Pfannkuch - trombone.
The new brass quintet "Hannoverture" was beautifully performed in Ridgefield, Connecticut at the Keeler Tavern Museum at 3pm on Sunday, April 26, 2009 by The Ridgefield Symphony Brass Quintet.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
On Saturday, November 2, 2008 Joe conducted a performance of his "Concordance" 1994 for double brass quintet. The brass group Auf biegen Und Blechen - see upper photo -- (http://www.aufbiegenundblechen.de/) performed the work in the church Christuskirche Westercelle in Celle near Hanover, Germany.
The performance was successful and the music was enjoyed by both the musicians and audience.
If you would like to hear an excerpt of the 1994 world premiere performance of the work you may do so by clicking here.
While in Europe, Joe (on left in above photo) visited his longtime friend and fellow Yalie Jean-Yves Benichou (on right in above photo) who has been playing bass with the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra (in Strasbourg, France) for over 30 years.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Joe's new work "Golden Flute"for solo flute was given its world premiere performance by his dear friend and superb flutist Celinda Ann Levno in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday evening, April 25, 2008. Joe and Celinda Ann are in the above photo. To view the video of the performance click here.
On December 5, 2011 flutist Jane Rutter said the following about "Golden Flute":
Joseph Russo's music is lyrical. Its harmonies have a lovely flowing narrative.
Flute Queen, Concert Soloist,
#1 Adventurous Classical Artist
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Joe (on left in above photo) travelled to Los Angeles to attend the west coast premiere performance of his Triple Flute Concerto by the La Mirada Symphony (south of LA) on Saturday, October 20, 2007.
While on the west coast Joe visited with Yale alum friend Alan Rickmeier (bassist in the San Diego Symphony), Juilliard alum friend Andre Briere who plays Principal Bass with the La Mirada Symphony and long lost Juilliard friend Nathaniel Ayers (on right in above photo). Joe also visited with author/journalist Steve Lopez.
Steve Lopez has written a wonderful book about Nathaniel Ayers, "The Soloist" and DreamWorks is producing a movie based on Lopez's book about Nathaniel's life. The book is now available and the movie will be in theaters by the end of April 2009. To view a current (July 2009) LA Times article about Nathaniel click here. To view the video of Nathaniel's speech at San Franscisco's NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) conference in July 2009 click here. If you would like to hear Nathaniel play some trumpet and cello click here.
Above are some photos: The first photo is of the actors in the movie "The Soloist" - Jamie Fox and Robert Downey Jr with Joe, Nathaniel and Adam Crane (formerly with the LA Philharmonic administration). The second photo is that of Joe, Steve Lopez and Nathaniel. And the third is of Joe and Nathaniel -- meeting after over 30 years at the October 20, 2007 performance of Joe's Triple Flute Concerto in La Mirada, California.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
On Saturday night October 20, 2007 solo flutists Laura Scott, Brad Cain and Joan Cain (from left to right in above photo) and The La Mirada Symphony performed Joe's Triple Flute Concerto in La Mirada, California. Joe attended this excellent and well received performance of his work.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Please note that after the premiere of this work Joe rewrote the third movement (originally marked "Theme & Variations") shortening it from 16 minutes to 11 minutes (and renaming it "Variations"). The original third movement (the one you hear by "clicking here" above) is now a stand alone work called "Theme & Variations for Septet" running the original 16 minutes.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Sunday, May 1, 2005
Tuesday, May 28, 2002
The following occurred a few years ago. I was giving a high school sophomore a double bass lesson at his home. The boy's father came into the room and said to me: "My son John will most likely be going to law school or medical school. Since he will not be a professional musician do you think these bass lessons are really necessary? If he does not plan to ever play 'Carnegie Hall' why should he take lessons?"
I proceeded to tell my student's father the following true story: I have a good friend, Harry, who with me, graduated from Yale with a Masters of Music degree some years ago. Soon after graduating Harry decided that he wanted to be an attorney instead of a professional musician. Months later he applied to various law schools. Over lunch Harry described an incredible occurrence: he was interviewed by the dean of a major university law school. The dean looked down at Harry's resume and said "I see you graduated from Yale with a Masters of Music". Harry, a little concerned, said "Yes, but I now would like to become an attorney". "Well", the dean continued, "based on your Music Masters degree you are accepted to attend our law school". Harry was surprised and with a confused look asked "I don't understand. Based on a music degree you are accepting me into your law school? I don't understand". The dean smiled "Let me explain. What do you need to do to become a successful musician? First you need to spend much time alone in a practice room, solving problems. Then you need to go out on stage to rehearse with other musicians (as a team) to solve problems. Finally, you need to perform your music in front of an audience. Let me tell you what a successful attorney needs to do: first he spends much time alone in a library, researching and solving problems for his client. Then he often works with other attorneys (as a team) to help his client and to solve additional problems. Finally, he usually has to "perform" his case in front of a jury and a judge. Harry, as a successful musician you have developed all the skills needed to become a successful attorney -- we will need to re-tune those skills to law, that's all."
The father of my student stared at me with a surprised look on his face. "I never realized that by learning a musical instrument, my son could develop skills that could be applied to other careers." He turned to his son and said "Listen carefully to your bass teacher....do whatever he says.....” The father then left the room.
And here is one of the best moments in my teaching career: as his father left the room, my student turned to me and said "But, Mr. Russo isn't the privilege and ability to play Bach, Beethoven and Brahms enough of a reason to study music?" I smiled and nodded, thankful for the wisdom and enthusiasm of children.