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Triocracy, Featuring JC Sanford

  • Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College 320 3rd Street East Northfield, MN, 55057 United States (map)

Works by Mozart and Mendelssohn with Peter McGuire, violin and Sam Bergman, viola and Triocracy, featuring JC Sanford.

Peter McGuire

McGuire began his career as first violinist in the Pioneer String Quartet and Des Moines Symphony, and has served as Guest Principal Second Violin with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. 

Peter McGuire has performed as Guest Concertmaster with the Orchestre de la Suisse-Romande, Zürich Opera, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Gürzenich Orchester-Cologne, and Richmond Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has performed and recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic, SWR Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, All-Star Orchestra, Chicago Symphony and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

A frequent chamber musician and soloist, McGuire has been featured with the Minnesota Orchestra for the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and has performed with ensembles throughout the US, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. A frequent adjudicator, he has given masterclasses throughout the U.S. and Switzerland.


Sam Bergman

Sam Bergman joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2000. In addition to performing as violist, he serves as host and writer for the Orchestra’s Inside the Classics concert series, and also hosts the Orchestra's Symphonic Adventures programs for high school audiences. He has participated in many of the Orchestra’s chamber concerts: recent performances have included Brahms' C minor Piano Quartet and Brett Dean's Night Window for viola, clarinet, and piano.

Bergman was a driving force behind the Musical MicroCommission, through which the Minnesota Orchestra commissioned a major new work from Judd Greenstein, funded entirely through donations by more than 400 individuals. Greenstein’s Acadia was premiered by the Orchestra in March 2012 and was performed on the classical subscription series in April and May 2015.

In addition to his Minnesota Orchestra activities, Bergman is principal viola of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California, and performs regularly with IRIS Orchestra in Tennessee. In recent seasons, he has also performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra. He has served on the faculties of St. Olaf College, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in New Hampshire and Greenwood Music Camp in Massachusetts.


JC Sanford & Triocracy

Trombonist/composer/conductor JC Sanford is a musician of rare breadth, deeply rooted in the traditions of Jazz and Classical music, yet constantly pushing at their boundaries. Equally at home in many roles, Sanford works regularly as a composer, performer, arranger and conductor.

A protégé of legendary composer and trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, he has performed with the likes of Danilo Pérez, Matt Wilson, John McNeil, and George Schuller. He is a member of several diverse NYC-based ensembles including the Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble, Nathan Parker Smith’s prog-rock big band, Andrew Green’s film noir tribute Narrow Margin, singer-songwriter Joy Askew’s New York Brass, and Joseph C. Phillips, Jr.’s jazz/new music hybrid Numinous. 

JC's original works often defy labels such as 'Jazz' or 'Classical'. While he originally built a reputation through big band writing, JC has forayed into many other areas - composing for solo piano, wind and brass formations and various mixed chamber ensembles. A founding member of the composers' federation Pulse (with Darcy James Argue & Joseph C. Phillips, Jr.), JC was a member of the BMI Jazz Composers' Workshop led by Jim McNeely and Mike Abene for 5 years. His works have been performed by John Abercrombie, Lew Soloff, Dave Liebman, Danilo Perez, and a number of universities and high schools across the United States.

His 2014 debut CD with the JC Sanford Orchestra entitled Views from the Inside yielded international acclaim and was awarded a 2014 Aaron Copland Fund Recording Grant alongside organizations and ensembles such as the Seattle Symphony, Nonesuch Records, and American Composers Forum. He is also the leader of two small groups, the jazz quartet JC4, and the chamber jazz trio Triocracy. 

JC is in high demand as a conductor of new original music. He conducts the Grammy-nominated John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, Joel Harrison's Infinite Possibility, the Alan Ferber Nonet with Strings, the Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble, and the Alice Coltrane Orchestra featuring Ravi Coltrane, Jack DeJohnette, and Charlie Haden. He was the curator the "Size Matters" large ensemble series Brooklyn for 4 1/2 years.

JC is the recipient of a D.M.A. in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory of Music. At NEC, he studied with Bob Brookmeyer and conducted the NEC Little Big Band. A Minnesota native, Sanford's undergraduate years were spent at the University of Northern Iowa where he was mentored by reputed jazz pedagogue Bob Washut. 

Since returning to MN with his family in 2016, JC has performed as a trombonist in the Twin Cities area with JT and Chris Bates, Davu Seru, Babatunde Lea, Zacc Harris, Dave Hagedorn, and Laura Caviani. He has been a guest artist at St. Olaf College, University of MN Morris, and Roseville High School. He recently co-founded the Twin Cities Jazz Composers' Workshop alongside his wife Asuka Kakitani, trumpeter Adam Meckler, and saxophonist Aaron Hedenstrom. He is the brass teacher at Shattuck-St. Mary's School and works for Lotus Lights.