For Release: 4/10/2048

Contact: Albert Jones, American Arts Council, Washington, D.C.; Phone: 202-555-0393; email: AJones@nep.aac.gov.us

Following international acclaim for his recording of the Rachmaninoff symphonies, American conductor Evan Quinn, Music Director of the Minneapolis State Symphony, makes his debut European tour May 10 through June 13, 2048.  During his two-week engagement with the London Symphony Orchestra, he will conduct the Rachmaninoff Second Symphony as well as works by Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and Ludwig van Beethoven.  His concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra will include Rachmaninoff’s Third Symphony, Beethoven’s Third Symphony and Copland’s Third Symphony.  In Paris, Mr. Quinn conducts the Orchestre National de France in a program that includes Ravel’s La Valse and Rachmaninoff’s First Symphony.  His final tour concert with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra will be an evening of Russian symphonies from Peter Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

The CD of the Rachmaninoff Symphonies recorded by the Minneapolis State Symphony under the direction of Evan Quinn will be available to buy before and after each concert.  Also available to buy at each concert will be the CD of Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Copland’s Third Symphony recorded by the Minneapolis State Symphony and Mr. Quinn in the spring of 2047.

Evan Quinn began his conducting career as an Assistant Conductor of the St. Louis State Symphony where he distinguished himself leading the youth orchestra.  In January 2037, Mr. Quinn made his international broadcast conducting debut, stepping in for the ill guest conductor at the last minute, and conducting the St. Louis State Symphony in an all-Beethoven program.  International critical acclaim following the broadcast catapulted him into a busy schedule of guest conducting the State Symphonies in Minneapolis, New York, Boston, Chicago and Cincinnati, among others.

In the spring of 2038, Mr. Quinn accepted the position of Associate Conductor of the Minneapolis State Symphony and moved back to his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  That same year, he co-founded the Hartleben String Quartet, with whom Mr. Quinn, as the quartet’s first violin, has toured extensively around America.  The Hartleben recorded a CD of Haydn string quartets in 2042 that enjoyed record sales abroad, especially in Canada, Europe and Japan.

As Artistic Director of the Minneapolis State Symphony’s summer music festival from 2040 to 2044, Mr. Quinn delighted audiences at sold-out concerts with favorite classics by Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, the Strauss family and Arts Council Deputy Director Karl Bush.  Under Mr. Quinn’s baton, the summer music festival enjoyed record profits.  Upon the retirement of Music Director William Anderson in the spring of 2042, Mr. Quinn accepted the co-music directorship with Samuel Crichton of the Minneapolis State Symphony.  After a year, Mr. Quinn took the podium as sole Music Director.

His tenure as Music Director so far has seen bestselling CDs and 90% to 100% capacity concerts at Orchestra Hall and an active outreach program.  He has continued to guest conduct the major American orchestras, to tour with the Hartleben Quartet, and has occasionally performed as solo violinist.  He has worked with renowned American solo artists Ardith Mueller, Pamela Jones, Raimundo Lopez, Shaquile Sanchez, Niko Osakawa, and jazz great Faith Sweet, as well as guest artists from around the world, including Jonathon Hough, Gennady Garbuz, Chantal Roget, and many others.

Mr. Quinn grew up in Minneapolis, the son of writer Randall Quinn and high school German teacher Alison Scott Quinn.  He began his music studies at a very young age with piano and violin lessons, followed by composition studies as a teenager.  He attended the Arts High School in Minneapolis and upon graduation continued his music studies at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City where he excelled as a student conductor.  During the summers, he attended the Tanglewood Conducting School, first as a student and then as an assistant.  He graduated from Juilliard with honors in conducting.

NOTES FOR EVAN QUINN’S BIO — Unofficial, not for public release (February — April 2048) — DO NOT PUBLISH

(Compiled by Albert Jones, Director of Publicity, Arts Council, Washington, D.C.; Research by Phillip Quist, Margery Forman, Manny Simpson from primary and secondary sources in Minneapolis and Washington, D.C.)

— Evan Quinn was born May 11, 2013 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, only son of writer Randall Quinn and high school German teacher Alison Scott Quinn

— Evan sang before he talked, showing a deep affinity for music

— By age 5, Evan had already begun piano lessons with the composer-pianist Joseph Caine, a close friend and neighbor of the Quinns in southwest Minneapolis.  His father, an amateur violinist, insisted that Evan also begin violin lessons.

— Evan attended his first professional orchestra concert at age 6: the Minnesota Orchestra at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.

— In June 2023, Evan lost his teacher and mentor, Joseph Caine, when the ISS arrested Caine for treason.  Caine died a week later of a heart attack while in police custody.

— In the summer of 2024, Alison Quinn committed suicide with an overdose of pills and alcohol.  An investigation into how and where she got the pills led to a deadend.  Black market pharmacy or the Underground Resistance were suspected.

— Fall 2026, Evan, 13, enters the Minneapolis Arts High School.  He graduates in 2030 with high honors in music after giving solo recitals on the violin and on the piano.

— Fall 2030, Evan enters the Juilliard School of Music where he excels in his violin and conducting studies.  He performs with chamber ensembles and each year gives a solo recital on the violin.  In 2033, Evan’s appointed First Student Conductor of the Juilliard Student Orchestra.

— Summer 2034, Evan attended Tanglewood Conducting School and returned the next summer as an assistant conductor.

— May 2036, Evan graduated from Juilliard with honors in conducting.

— Summer 2036, because of Evan’s association with Joseph Caine (now a banned composer) who is popular in the underground music scene, and being the son of Randall Quinn, an extremely popular writer and suspected leader of the Underground, the Arts Council decided to avoid problems in public perception and assigned Evan to the St. Louis State Symphony as an Assistant Conductor.  There are two other Assistant Conductors and one Associate, in addition to the Music Director at the St. Louis orchestra.  Quinn’s responsibility will be the youth orchestra (which the AC plans to phase out of existence within 10 years).  It was hoped that Quinn would do his job and not call attention to himself.

— January 2037, Quinn made his international broadcast conducting debut (radio, television and internet) after the guest conductor was arrested for Underground activities.  Quinn was the cover conductor that night.  Quinn conducted an all-Beethoven program.  Received rave reviews from St. Louis audience and critical acclaim nationally and internationally.  Two days later, Quinn was promoted to Associate Conductor at St. Louis State Symphony.  He requested a raise but it was denied.

— For the 2037-38 season, Quinn guest conducted the State Symphonies of New York, Minneapolis, Chicago, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Boston, Atlanta, and some regionals.  Continued to receive rave reviews. 

— Spring 2038, the AC decided Quinn needed to be moved back to Minneapolis in order to keep him under control.  Recent defections by touring American solo artists, conductors, actors and athletes forced the AC to end all foreign tours — Quinn’s request for a foreign tour denied.  Quinn accepted the Associate Conductor position at the Minneapolis State Symphony and moved back to Minneapolis over the summer.

— 2038 — 2044: Quinn taught music part-time at the Minneapolis Arts High School and some local elementary schools to supplement his income.

— 2038 — 2048: Quinn co-founded the Hartleben String Quartet, performed and toured with them as their first violin.  They recorded a CD of Haydn string quartets in 2042 that has had record sales abroad, especially in Canada, Europe and Japan.

— 2040 — 2044: Artistic Director of the summer music festival for the Minneapolis State Symphony.  His tenure and concerts were extremely popular with the public and he produced record profits for the AC.  Favorite programs: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, the Strauss Family and Arts Council Deputy Director Karl Bush.

— MSS’s Music Director William Anderson is arrested in the spring of 2042 for Underground activities.  Quinn accepted co-music director job with the Assistant Conductor Samuel Crichton who was arrested the following spring for solicitation and lewd behavior in Loring Park in Minneapolis.

— In 2042, Quinn made his first orchestral recording with the Minneapolis State Symphony of Beethoven’s Fifth and Sixth Symphonies.  The content was chosen by AC Deputy Director Bush.  This CD continues to be a blockbuster in Europe, Canada, Russia and South America.

— Spring 2043: Quinn accepted position of sole Music Director of the MSS.

— Fall/Winter 2043: Quinn is involved in trying to resurrect the Chicago Lyric Opera without the Arts Council’s knowledge.  He is engaged as the conductor by the producer Severn Mills and the composer of a new opera of Shakespeare’s As You Like It.  Tipped off, the Arts Council stopped rehearsals and all production.  Quinn was denounced, blacklisted and banned from conducting opera, as well as arrested.  The primary financial backer, the producer and the composer were also arrested.  The composer committed suicide in police custody.

— Spring 2044 — Summer 2046: after his conviction, Quinn served 2 years at the Redfield Federal Penitentiary in northern Minnesota.

— Summer 2046: Quinn returned to Minneapolis and was assigned to reside with his father by the Housing Council.  He returned to his job as Music Director of the Minneapolis State Symphony.  The Arts Council also provided him with guest conducting jobs.

— 2046 — 2048: Quinn led a quiet life doing his thing as a musician and conductor.  Continued to guest conduct, continued to perform several times a year with the Hartleben String Quartet, and did a couple stints as violin soloist with orchestras.  Continued to be profitable for the Arts Council.  He stayed out of trouble.

— Spring 2047: Quinn recorded Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Copland’s Third Symphony with the Minneapolis State Symphony.  This CD is a blockbuster abroad and even sells in America.  Quinn’s profit potential increased.

— Fall 2047: Quinn and the Minneapolis State Symphony recorded CD of Rachmaninoff symphonies, scheduled for release in spring 2048.

— January 2048: the Arts Council chose Quinn to go on a European tour to support the marketing and sales of his CDs, downloads and internet access internationally.

— May 10 — June 13, 2048: Quinn’s tour to London, Berlin, Paris and Vienna.  Arts Council approved all his programs before departure.  He’ll be accompanied by two Arts Council escorts, one from Minneapolis to be joined by the second in London.  Quinn’s CDs will be available to buy before and after each concert at each concert venue.

Additional comments:

— Quinn is unusually tall (6 feet 3 inches) for a conductor (according to the Arts Council).

— He’s known for his energetic podium style and deep sensitivity — these descriptives used over and over by critics.

— He’s loved by concert-goers, critics and musicians alike for his self-deprecation, modesty, and warm friendliness.  He has a quick sense of humor and loves to laugh (who doesn’t?).

— Quinn runs about 3 miles daily and works out regularly.

— He loves to read, go to movies and the theater.

— Not political.  Has clean civic status despite his time in Redfield — he’s an ex-con (ha!).  His father distanced himself from Quinn and no evidence exists that Quinn has been active in the Underground.  He completed his National Service as a garbage collector in the South Bronx while at Juilliard.

— Quinn speaks German, taught by his mother while he was growing up.  Was allowed to study Italian for one year at Juilliard.

— Quinn is single, never married.  Doesn’t drink alcohol.  Doesn’t smoke.  No evidence of controlled substance use.  No evidence of alternative sexual orientations.

11 responses to “EVAN QUINN

  1. In the next-to-last paragraph of the ‘official’ press release:
    Are the artists listed real?

  2. The artists are as fictitious as A.J. Jones and the American Arts Council….

  3. Is there are a reason why CDs are mentioned in the year 2048? They’re practically outdated even now, with the popularity of downloads – and who knows what next. 🙂

    • Excellent question! And a reminder to me to write about the subject of “choice” in Evan’s future world. Yes, people download music in 2048, but they also have the choice to buy CDs for their music library. They can also bookmark music they like as they’re listening to it on the radio or internet and it’ll be replayed upon request in a TIVO-like way.

      “Choice” is something that gets lost, especially in technology areas. The next big thing comes along, sweeps everyone up, and then suddenly no one knows how to repair or work or use older technology that’s still in use. Analog TVs still work, there are still analog channels out there, and they’re great for hooking up to a VCR. Just because digital is the next big thing, doesn’t mean that analog doesn’t work anymore because it does.

      Another example: today I heard on the radio a love letter written by James Joyce to his wife, Nora, before they married. It struck me that no one really writes letters anymore, certainly not enough to collect them in books as this love letter had been! E-mail resides on servers out there somewhere until the data becomes corrupted in some way or destroyed. And then it’s gone for good. And the language and thought that goes into e-mail, texting, etc. is nowhere near what goes into a handwritten letter. I personally think an e-mail love letter is about as romantic as a cold shower…..

      So, in Evan’s future, people have made the choice to be able to choose between new and old tech, or between high and low tech. Sometimes things that work just fine don’t need to be left in the dust, like CDs. So that’s the reason they exist.

  4. Sorry for the double post – I swear I checked before posting the second time!

  5. Thanks for the detailed answer. I’m all for choice and longevity myself. My blender and toaster are each 50+ years old. I would only replace them if they broke and couldn’t be fixed. I haven’t filled up my 400-CD player yet, so I won’t be switching to any new tech until then. But I will say that, like it or not, new technologies in music always seem to take up less space. The more music you want, the more downloads make sense…or no file at all – maybe just a personalized music file kept on a server. I used to want a baby grand piano, but with my tiny abode, I think I will be buying a keyboard instead.

  6. PS – IMHO, nothing will ever replace the written word on paper- whether love letter or book!

    • Amen! I’ve seen people using Kindles to read on the bus and find it really annoying. Must we be subjected to a computer screen even when reading a book for fun! No, thank you….

      Come back and visit again, Clee’.

  7. Just stopping by to say hi,

    Love your site..

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