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Maria Schneider Orchestra

Debut West Coast Performance!

February 17, 2017 | 7:00 pm

- $45 – $75
Newmark Theatre

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Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.” She and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their first recording, Evanescence. There, Schneider began to develop her personal way of writing for what would become her 18-member collective, made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today, tailoring her compositions to distinctly highlight the uniquely creative voices of the group. The Maria Schneider Orchestra has received numerous commissions and guest-conducting invites, working with over 85 groups from over 30 countries. This performance marks the orchestra’s long overdue Portland debut.

Schneider’s music blurs the lines between genres, making her long list of commissioners quite varied, stretching from Jazz at Lincoln Center and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, to collaborating with David Bowie. She is among a select few to have received Grammy® Awards in both jazz and classical categories, including 12 nominations and five Awards received, including one for the Orchestra’s latest album The Thompson Fields. She’s been awarded many honors by the Jazz Journalists Association as well as topping numerous DownBeat and JazzTimes Critics and Readers Polls.  In 2012, her alma mater, the University of Minnesota, presented Schneider with an honorary doctorate, and in 2014, ASCAP awarded her their esteemed Concert Music Award.

From the lustrous opening chords of a Maria Schneider concert, you can feel you are swept off your feet and falling through space – but with the certainty that someone with a lot of emotional intelligence is there to catch you.” – The Guardian