November 09 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St.
5-time Grammy award winning composer Maria Schneider will appear as guest conductor at Orpheum Theatre, performing with The Knox Jazz Ensemble, the Illinois State University Jazz Ensemble I, and the Western Illinois University Jazz Studio Orchestra with guest soloists Chip McNeill and Todd Kelly. The Knox Cherry Street Ensemble will open the evening performance with original student compositions workshopped by Maria Schneider during the residency week.
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 Jerome Mirza Jazz Residency at Knox College brings world-renowned jazz artists to campus for a week of intensive and collaborative jazz activities with Knox College students, culminating in a free public concert.
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