Maria Schneider Orchestra

September 22, 2013
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Arguably the most prominent woman bandleader in the jazz field today, Maria Schneider’s music blurs the lines between genres and she finds the word “jazz” limiting, which is why she calls her ensemble the Maria Schneider Orchestra.

As she told an interviewer for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “I always think of big-band music as theme and variations. My music’s much more through-composed, like classical music. And on my last two records, I don’t even use the word ‘jazz’ anymore.”

During the Orchestra’s performance at the Center, audiences will have the opportunity to experience the range of expression possible with contemporary big band, as will UMD School of Music students who will work with members of the Orchestra in a day-long residency.

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