MARCH 19, 2018

Maria Schneider Headlines WCU Jazz Festival

Maria SchneiderMaria Schneider is featured guest artist at the 28th annual West Chester University Jazz Festival, held Wednesday, March 21, to Saturday, March 24. Schneider will speak at 12 p.m. Friday, March 23, and will guest-conduct the WCU Criterions Jazz Ensemble, the University's premier jazz ensemble, in a 7:30 p.m. concert that night. Both events are free and open to the public.

Musician and composer Schneider and her orchestra have a distinguished recording career with 12 Grammy nominations and five Grammy awards. She is among a small contingent of artists to have received Grammys in multiple genres: both jazz and classical categories, as well as for her work with David Bowie, which resulted in his single "Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)" and brought her the 2016 Grammy for best arrangement, instruments and vocals. She is also featured commenting on her work with Bowie in the 2017 documentary David Bowie: The Last Five Years, which aired on HBO in January.

Among Schneider's many honors are those from the Jazz Journalists Association and ASCAP's prestigious Concert Music Award. She has often topped annual critics and readers polls in JazzTimes and DownBeat, including the latter's 82nd readers poll issue (December 2017), where she led the big band, composer, and arranger categories.

Organized by the WCU School of Music, the annual Jazz Festival offers educational sessions for students and free concerts for the public and students to enjoy. All events except Saturday's high school competition are free and open to the public and all take place in Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre, in the Performing Arts Center, 817 South High Street.

Festival performances begin at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, with the Steve Rudolph Quartet on Wednesday, March 21, and the WCU Faculty Jazz Ensemble at 8 p.m.

On Thursday, March 22, at 12 p.m., hear Tony Miceli, vibraphone, and Diane Monroe, violin, in concert. That evening at 8 p.m., the Barry Miles Trio featuring Andy Lalasis (bass) and Bob Shomo (drums) take the stage.

Visit the Jazz Festival website for complete biographies of the musicians.

The evening performances on Wednesday and Friday will be Livestreamed.

The only ticketed event is the annual High School Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fourteen of the finest high school jazz ensembles from around the region will perform and work with the WCU faculty at this day-long festival. General admission tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for students/seniors, and free for WCU students with ID. For tickets, visit the School of Music ticketing website or call the WCU SSI Ticket Office at 610-436-2266.

Back to top of page.