The Uptown Brass Quintet consists of the principal brass players from the Minnesota Orchestra (according to writer/critic Alex Ross as "the greatest orchestra in the world.") This particular ensemble of musicians have been playing over a decade together, and you'll hear it in their comradery and especially in their music making. Typically the group presents community concerts and educational outreach around Minnesota and whereever the orchestra is touring. But since last October, these musicians have been locked out of work.
Maria Schneider has emerged over the past several decades as one of our most original composers and arrangers for jazz orchestra. She studied music theory and composition at the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1983, then earned a Masters of Music in 1985 from the Eastman School of Music, studying for one year as well at the University of Miami.
After a decades-long struggle, the patience and slavish commitment of numberless friends, an inspiration that can truly be called superhuman, and a streak of luck that beggars the imagination, Richard Wagner finally finished his epic "Ring."
Despite the luminaries in attendance over the years - from Hugo Wolf and a who’s who of European royalty, to Tchaikovsky, Bernard Shaw and others - it could never pay its way.
It's literally why he was asked to return: Chopin's Polonaise Brilliant. "They remembered me playing it the last time I was at the Tuesday Music Club, and asked for us to play it again!" Chopin rounds out a romantic program for Cellist Darrett Adkins, who is no stranger to Alamo city. "I came here for the first concert of conductor Troy Peters - we grew up in the same home town. I even played solos with his high school orchestra back in Washington." Adkins also has played with the Zephyr Trio, who were guests of the Tuesday Music Club not long ago.
This program is filled with romantic selections like Brahms and Chopin, a little more conservative than the music Adkins is known for, which usually mixes new music with a Bach cello suite.
Visiting New York City is exhilarating. The hassle of air travel, the expense of the cabs and buses falls away and suddenly you are there, surrounded by familiar buildings, that great skyline beckoning, and people!