Maria Schneider Orchestra

February 23, 2018

Venue Matthews Theatre


The Maria Schneider Orchestra is beyond categorization—there is nothing else in the jazz world that comes even close. Schneider blurs the lines between genres, and is among the handful of artists to have received Grammys in both classical and jazz categories (with 12 nominations and five wins, including two in 2016 alone). In fact, her McCarter concert will feature a complete performance of one of her 2016 Grammy Award wins, The Thompson Fields  (Best Large Jazz Ensemble), which The New York Times called “an extravagant show of her strengths: precise, expressive harmony; ribbons of diaphanous texture; and a rhythmic that doesn’t feel propulsive so much as wind-borne. It places her in the pantheon of big-band composer-leaders, just below Strayhorn, Ellington, and Gil Evans—which is saying something.”