St. Paul, Minn. – A 13-piece chamber orchestra comprised of leading Twin Cities musicians will perform the world premiere of “Auspicious Notes,” a new composition by music professor Randy Bauer.  This major new work, which is a hybrid between a large jazz combo and a traditional piano concerto, will feature Bauer’s improvisational skills as piano soloist. Music professor Mark Mandarano will conduct. Also on the program is Robert Schumann’s “Four Fugues on the Name B-A-C-H” arranged by Mandarano. The free concert is at 8 p.m., Tuesday, September 20, in Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, 130 Macalester St., St. Paul, Minn.

Bauer is a composer and jazz musician. His works have been performed across a range of cities and venues, from Austin to Zagreb, including New York, Chicago, Washington (the Kennedy Center), Boston, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Los Angeles, St. Petersburg (Russia), Uppsala (Sweden), Berlin, Paris, Weimar, and in many other smaller cities and at universities across the United States.

Premieres of his work have been given by members of the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Brentano String Quartet, eighth blackbird, Nash Ensemble of London, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Synergy Vocals, New Millennium Ensemble, MATA Micro-Orchestra with Theo Bleckmann, Network for New Music, and many others. His music appears on Albany and Cedille Records.

Bauer was named a 2013-14 McKnight Foundation Fellow in Music Composition by the McKnight Foundation of Minnesota. He also received a major fellowship in 2006 from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. He has been a resident artist at Yaddo, the Ucross Foundation, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and has received many regional and national awards, including three ASCAP/Morton Gould Awards for Young Composers. He is also an accomplished jazz pianist and composer, and has received recognition from DownBeat, the Commission Project, Jazz Composers Alliance, and has won the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Award.

Bauer is an associate professor of Music at Macalester College, where he teaches composition, theory, and jazz topics. He holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music (BM, MM), and Princeton University (MFA, PhD). His teachers have included Ronald Caltabiano, Chen Yi, Steven Mackey, and Paul Lansky.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 651-696-6808 or email


August 30 2016

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