Chris Brubeck plays trombone in concert with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra in March 2015. Cross-cultural jazz symphony Brothers in Arts \u2014 70 Years of Liberty premiered in France in June 2014 for the commemoration of D-Day and the liberation of Europe. Composed in tandem by French composer and saxophonist Guillaume Saint-James and Wilton\u2019s own Grammy-nominated jazz and classical musician and composer Chris Brubeck, the eight-movement musical journey will now grace Brubeck\u2019s hometown in a performance at the Clune Center on Sunday Nov. 15, at 3 p.m. in celebration of Veterans Day. The piece will be performed by a mostly French jazz quintet featuring the American Brubeck on trombone and Saint-James on saxophone, backed by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) and led by English conductor William Boughton. \u201cIt\u2019s an international musical union,\u201d Brubeck said. Commissioned for composition by the French Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, Brothers in Arts tells two tales, one universal and one particular. On the larger scale, it bespeaks, lyrically in some instances but by and large through the symbolic qualities of musical harmony and dissonance, the singular Normandy landings and the subsequent Liberation of Paris. \u201cFor example,\u201d Brubeck explained, \u201cthe first movement is a very serene and beautiful composition depicting what Normandy was like before it was occupied by the German invasion.\u201d More personally, however, Brothers in Arts is the story of Brubeck\u2019s and Saint-James\u2019 fathers, who happened to be in the same part of France at the same time during World War II. Brubeck\u2019s father, jazz legend Dave Brubeck, was an American soldier in Gen. George S. Patton\u2019s army. \u201cHe came through Normandy after D-Day,\u201d Brubeck said. \u201cAn Army captain heard him playing piano and had him form a band \u2014 The Wolf Pack Band \u2014 which toured with the USO (United Service Organization) shows. It was also the Army\u2019s first integrated band. \u201cGuillaume\u2019s father was a young boy whose life was saved when U.S. field doctors performed an emergency appendectomy on him.\u201d But how Brubeck and Saint-James learned of this coincidence is a story in itself. Seven decades later, Brubeck was in the French city of Rennes for a trombone concerto with the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne. After the performance, the audience requested that he play some jazz tunes, which he agreed to do, so long as they could get him a French sax player who was \u201creally good.\u201d \u201cThat was the first time I met Guillaume,\u201d Brubeck said. According to Brubeck, \u201cafter the performance, we were doing a Q&A session with some kids, and one of the kids asked Guillaume why he liked American jazz so much. \u201cHe said the reason he liked it so much was that, when his dad was a young teenager, he got very sick. It happened to be D-Day that day, and his parents ended up bringing him by wheelbarrow to an American\u00a0field hospital, where they treated him for acute appendicitis. \u201cThey saved his life, and while he was recovering, he was hearing American jazz,\u201d Brubeck said. Saint-James\u2019 father later became a country doctor and an amateur musician. In a moment Brubeck described as a \u201cmiracle,\u201d an American cultural attach\u00e9 who was in the audience at the time took him and Saint-James out to lunch and suggested the two collaborate on a piece inspired by their fathers\u2019 paths nearly converging at such a significant historical crossroads. \u201cNot often does the idea for a piece come from a diplomat,\u201d Brubeck observed. Nevertheless, that idea soon became reality when the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne\u2019s executive director, Marc Feldman, commissioned the piece\u2019s composition for the 70th anniversary of Paris\u2019s liberation. Over the course of the next seven months, Brubeck and Saint-James worked remotely, Brubeck in Wilton and Saint-James in Rennes, sending files back and forth to \u201cbring together two generations, two continents, as well as the worlds of jazz and symphonic music,\u201d Feldman said in a press release. \u201cMore than just a musical endeavor,\u201d Feldman also said, \u201cBrothers in Arts engenders numerous opportunities in education, commemorations, celebration and will demonstrate how music is a vehicle for understanding and peace.\u201d For Brubeck, the composition of Brothers in Arts was an emotional climb, and he laments that his father never got the chance to hear it in its finished state, though he does take some solace in that he \u201cknew we were working on it before he died, and was really pleased that both Guillaume and I had an interest in really honoring the veterans.\u201d That said, Brubeck added, \u201cIt\u2019s also very moving, never mind how I feel personally about the whole thing. When you go to Omaha Beach, and you stand there, and you\u2019re looking at nearly 10,000 identical white crosses, most of which were casualties from the D-Day invasion, you realize that you\u2019re standing at the crossroads of history. That battle could so easily have been lost. \u201cThe French kept up their promise to build a beautiful graveyard there. The bond between America and France, particularly because of this battle, is very deep. You can be an American that goes there, and almost every French house you see will have an American flag hanging out of the window, and there are roads named \u2018Patton Boulevard\u2019 and such. \u201cFor us, it\u2019s a bit different, because we weren\u2019t an occupied country. The French lost a lot of civilians. We did our best to warn them and to minimize the casualties, but there were a lot, because the Germans were dug in in villages. The French could have harbored resentment towards us for that, but I think they realize the sacrifice was necessary for an Allied victory.\u201d Information Chris Brubeck is the NHSO\u2019s 2015 artist-in-residence. He and Saint-James will also attend the Wilton Kiwanis Club luncheon on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, to discuss the story and the writing process behind the composition. Guests are invited at the rate of $15 per person, reservations required. Reservations may be made at 203-354-0208. The price of general admission to the Nov. 15 show at the Clune Center in Wilton High School, 395 Danbury Road, is $25. Student tickets are available for $10 and children between the ages of 7 and 17 are admitted free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Blue Star tickets for active military personnel and their immediate families are free. For tickets and information, call 203-865-0831, ext. 20, or visit NewHavenSymphony.org. For the first time, Brothers in Arts will be accompanied by original video and choreographed historical photos supplied by WQXR Classical music host Elliott Forrest. \u00a0 Chris Brubeck\u2019s father, jazz legend Dave Brubeck, plays piano with The Wolf Pack Band for an audience of soldiers stationed in Europe during World War II.