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Vänskä Opens the Season:
sept 29, 30, oct 1
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä
, conductor
Greg Paulus
, trumpet •
Michael Lewis
, saxophone
Bryan Nichols
, keyboards •
 Adam Linz
, bass •
JT Bates
, drums
Thursday, September 29, 2011, 7:30 pmFriday, September 30, 2011, 8 pmSaturday, October 1, 2011, 8 pmOrchestra HallOrchestra HallOrchestra Hall
John Stafford Smith
/arr. Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
George AntheilStephen Paulus and Greg PaulusJohn AdamsMaurice Ravel
Fearful Symmetries
 ca. 27’
 ca. 15’
ca. 20’
The Star-Spangled Banner 
 ca. 2’
A Jazz Symphony 
 ca. 7’
for Jazz Soloists and Orchestraca. 30’
Rain (all day)Everything Happens to MeAnxiety’s EdgeA Night at the Cosmos
Greg Paulus, trumpet; Michael Lewis, saxophone;Bryan Nichols, keyboards; Adam Linz, bass;JT Bates, drums
thank you
With Friday’s concert, we recognize the support of
.Minnesota Orchestra concerts are broadcast live Friday evenings on stations of 
Minnesota Public Radio
.The concerts are also featured in
 American Public Media
’s national programs,
Performance Today 
.Regional broadcasts are supported by the Minnesota Orchestra and by
Patterson, Thuente, Skaar and Christensen
Minnesota Orchestra
All materials copyright © 2011 by the Minnesota Orchestra.
Greg Paulus
, trumpetSt. Paul native Greg Paulus is acomposer, performer and producerbased in Brooklyn. These performancesmark his Minnesota Orchestra debut asboth trumpet soloist and composer.
Paulus tours extensivelywith the electronic production team NoRegular Play, which performs in majorclubs and electronic music venuesworldwide and has released albums onthe Wolf + Lamb label. Since 2010 hehas played trumpet and keyboard in theband of electronic pop artist MatthewDear. He also produces and performs asa solo artist, and he regularly organizesconcerts and events in Brooklyn.
With a background in both jazz and classical trumpet, he attended theStanford Jazz Residency before earninga bachelor’s degree at the ManhattanSchool of Music. Among those he studiedwith is Minnesota Orchestra trumpetplayer Charles Lazarus. 
Michael Lewis
, saxophoneMichael Lewis performs throughout theTwin Cities and around the world. Afounding member of Fat Kid Wednesdaysand Happy Apple, he records and/or tourswith such artists as Alpha Consumer,Dosh, Haley Bonar, Andrew Bird andBon Iver.
Lewis has reached nationalaudiences through appearances on
Osmo Vänskä
, conductorProfile appears on page 16.
Austin City Limits
The Colbert Report 
 The Tonight Show 
Late Show with David Letterman
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
A Twin Cities native,he studied jazz at William PattersonUniversity and saxophone with KenniHolmen and Brian Grivna. He credits hisparents, both musicians, and the eclecticlocal music scene with shaping his artisticidentity, and he views art as key in buildinglinks within communities.
Bryan Nichols
, keyboardsMinneapolis-based pianist and composerBryan Nichols works primarily in jazz andimprovised music. He leads and writesmusic for his own trio, his quintet andhis large group, We Are Many, and hasperformed extensively in the Twin Citiesand Chicago and internationally.
 Additional roles:
Nichols teaches jazz piano at MacPhail Center for Musicand at the University of Wisconsin—EauClaire. He was recently named artisticdirector of Jazz is NOW!
Nichols has been chosen fora 2010-11 McKnight Fellowship forPerforming Musicians, a 2004 residencyby Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead programand a
grant from the AmericanComposers Forum.
In May 2011 he releasedhis debut album as bandleader,
Bright Places
, featuring nine originalcompositions.
Concert Preview:
with Phillip Gainsley9/29 at 6:30 pm9/30 at 7 pm10/1 at 7 pmOrchestra Hall Auditorium
sept 29, 30, oct 1
Minnesota Orchestra
All materials copyright © 2011 by the Minnesota Orchestra.
Fearful Symmetries
premieres in 1988, the year:
• A record-setting drought hits Minnesota, leading to $1.2 billion incrop losses• After eight years of fighting, the Soviet Army begins withdrawingfrom Afghanistan• CDs outsell vinyl records for the first time
In 1928, when Ravel’s
is first performed:
• American aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to flyacross the Atlantic Ocean• The Dow Jones Industrial Average of U.S. stocks surpasses 300for the first time• Mickey Mouse appears in
Steamboat Willie
, the first Disneycartoon with synchronized sound
at the same time...
Program Notes
sept 29, 30, oct 1one-minute notes
A Jazz Symphony 
This one-movement “symphony,” one of the earliestsymphonic works to incorporate jazz elements, is built on acatchy tune that recurs throughout, culminating in a finalein triple meter with an intense honky-tonk atmosphere.
S. Paulus/G. Paulus:
for Jazz Soloists and Orchestra
Here is the world premiere of a father-son collaboration,a concerto-like work that incorporates jazz, classical andelectronic elements. Of note: an opening movement thatsteadily increases in intensity; wistful, lyrical segments by thefive jazz soloists; an edgy scherzo featuring the conductor onsolo clarinet; and nods to several jazz standards.
Fearful Symmetries
This Adams work brings to mind the comical contraptionsof Dr. Seuss and Rube Goldberg, with musical jokesabounding throughout a series of fascinating episodes,each full of high spirits and pulsating exuberance.
Over a beguiling and insistent rhythm, Ravel repeats asingle hypnotic melody on an ever-shifting combinationof instruments. With each change in orchestral color, thetension builds—to a climax of shattering intensity.
Adam Linz
, bassTwin Cities-based bass player Adam Linz is the jazzstudies program coordinator at the MacPhail Centerfor Music, where he is also an electric and acousticbass instructor.
He is a member of Fat KidWednesdays, which has toured extensivelythroughout Europe and North American. In addition,he has performed with such jazz artists as EvanParker, Stanley Turrentine and Milt Jackson, andwith electronic artist Dosh.
Linz has taught at Macalester College,Augsburg College, the Minnesota Institute forTalented Youth and EDAM Music Outreach in Paris.He has given clinics in the U.S. and abroad.
He earned a bachelor’s degreefrom the William Paterson University Jazz Studiesprogram.
JT Bates
, drumsMinneapolis-based drummer JT Bates performs awide range of music throughout the Twin Cities,around the country and abroad.
His calendar has included a tourof France with the trio Fat Kid Wednesdays, aduet tour with French cellist Didier Petit, andperformances and recordings with such artistsas Andrew Bird, the Pines and the Bryan NicholsQuintet. He was also showcased at the South bySouthwest festival with the band Alpha Consumer.
His albums include a disc with theband Face Candy and the late rap artist Eyedea.
Bates grew up playing in hisfather’s big band alongside his two brothers.
Minnesota Orchestra
All materials copyright © 2011 by the Minnesota Orchestra.

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