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Maria Schneider shows her Minnesota roots at O?Shaughnessy Auditorium / TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press review

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Composer Maria Schneider, who led her 18-piece jazz orchestra in concert Thursday night at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, has lived in New York for the past three decades – most of that time amid the hustle and cacophony of Manhattan. But, it's evident from her contemplative, richly layered music that the Windom, Minn., native has never completely left the Midwestern prairie behind.

The concert featured music from her Grammy-winning, 2015 CD, "The Thompson Fields." Like much of Schneider's work, the expansive music on "Fields" evokes the wide-open spaces of the Midwestern prairie where she spent her formative years. The title track refers to a neighboring farm owned by the Thompson family – some of whom were present at the concert, along with Schneider's mother and other Windom residents. The farm was one of the places where she developed the love of nature that informs her composing. She's spoken about the composing process as "attaching music to memories."

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