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Multiple Genre Grammy Winner, Maria Schneider, Performs at Soka

Multiple Genre Grammy Winner, Maria Schneider, Performs at Soka Performing Arts Center


Aliso Viejo, CA – Maria Schneider Orchestra performs at Soka Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 8 p.m. Single tickets are $45 for adults; and $37 for students, seniors and active military families. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $36 each. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

Maria Schneider’s music blurs the lines between genres, making her long list of commissioners quite varied: from Jazz at Lincoln Center to the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra to collaborating with David Bowie. Schneider and her orchestra have a distinguished recording career with 12 Grammy nominations and five Grammy Awards. She is among a small few to have received Grammys in multiple genres, having received the award in both jazz and classical categories, as well as for her work with David Bowie. Schneider’s recent collaboration with her orchestra and David Bowie resulted in his single called, “Sue (Or In A Season of Crime),” and earned her a 2016 Grammy (Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals). Schneider and her orchestra also received a 2016 Grammy for their latest work, “The Thompson Fields” (Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album).

Unique funding of projects has become a hallmark for Schneider through the trend-setting company, ArtistShare. Her album, “Concert in the Garden” (2004) became historic as the first recording to win a Grammy with Internet-only sales, even more significantly, it blazed the crowd-funding trail as ArtistShare’s first release. She has been awarded many honors by the Jazz Journalists Association, and 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. The Maria Schneider Orchestra has performed at festivals and concert halls world-wide. She herself has received numerous commissions and guest-conducting invites, working with more than 85 groups from more than 30 countries.

Starting in 1994, Schneider’s music and her orchestra became widely known when they released their first recording, “Evanescence.” 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, by tailoring her compositions to distinctly highlight the uniquely creative voices of the group.