Opening Concert Bach Festival: Axiom Brass
Dorival Puccini Jr., trumpet
Kris Hammond, trumpet
Matthew Oliphant, french horn
Orin Larson, trombone
Kevin Harrison, tuba
April 24, Friday
8:00 PM, Mead Memorial Chapel
Praised for their high level of musicality and technical ability and for their clean, clear, and precise sound, the members of the award-winning Axiom Brass Quintet are rising stars in the chamber music universe. In a program titled “Sacred Brass,” the Quintet journeys through time with music written for or inspired by the church, including works by J. S. Bach, Palestrina, Byrd, Tchaikovsky, Gabrieli, and Piazzolla. Professor Greg Vitercik, chair of the music department, offers a pre-concert lecture at 7:15 PM in the Chapel. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series, and the Middlebury Bach Festival.
Tickets: $25/20/6. Go to the online box office>>
To be announced.
Sacred Music has played an integral role in the development of music. Featuring the works of J.S. Bach, and possibly Palestrina, Albinoni, Stephenson, Byrd, Tchaikovsky, Gabrieli, and Piazzolla among others, this concert is a journey through time with a program that focuses purely on Sacred Music written for, or inspired by, the church.
Praised for their “high level of musicality and technical ability” and for their “clean, clear and precise sound,” the award-winning Axiom Brass Quintet has quickly established itself as “one of the major art music groups in brass chamber music.” As the only Brass Quintet in 27 years to ever win the prestigious Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition (2012), and the only American ensemble to ever win the Preis der Europa-Stadt Passau in Germany (2012), Axiom has also been named winners of the 2008 International Chamber Brass Competition and prize-winners of the 2010 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, and the Jeju City International Brass Quintet Competition in South Korea. Axiom Brass is dedicated to enhancing the musical life of communities across the globe and educating the next generation of musicians.
Axiom’s commitment to education and their blend of virtuosic performances and dynamic teaching have inspired young audiences around the nation, earning the ensemble the 2011 Fischoff Educator Award. Their educational concert “Let’s Make Music” has captivated thousands of elementary and middle school students in the U.S. Since 2011 the ensemble has been featured as brass quintet-in-residence for the National Brass Symposium, sharing the stage with principal brass players from the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Atlanta Symphony.
Internationally recognized for their groundbreaking programming, their repertoire ranges from jazz and Latin music to string quartet transcriptions, as well as original compositions for brass quintet. Axiom Brass’ performances have captured the hearts and imaginations of their audiences, leading the ensemble to national radio and television appearances as well as concerts in Asia, Europe and across the U.S. Axiom’s dedication to brass repertoire has led the ensemble to commission and premiere several new works, including Celestial Suite by James Stephenson and For Then and Now by Laurence Bitensky. For Celestial Suite, Axiom Brass partnered with the New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet, the Chicago Symphony Brass Quintet, the Chicago Chamber Musicians and the Fischoff Chamber Music Society, as well as with the Digital Visualization Theater of the University of Notre Dame and Professor Keith Davis.
Highlights of Axiom’s past seasons have included concerts in the Dominican Republic, Germany, Portugal, Spain, South Korea and Japan; a four-week residency at the Grand Tetons Music Festival; the release of their début album New Standards, clinics and performances at the 2010 and 2012 Midwest Clinic, their New York debuts at Symphony Space and Merkin Hall, masterclasses at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, as well as recitals, masterclasses and solo appearances with orchestras and bands around the U.S. In October of 2013, Axiom gave the American premiere of Fantasia Flamenca and the world premier of Raimundo Penaforte’s Concertice for brass quintet and orchestra under the baton of David Lockington and the Modesto Symphony.
This 2014-15 season Axiom continues its rigorous touring schedule including their debut performances with the Grand Rapids Symphony in March. This season also marks the release of two new albums: Astor, with original arrangements of Astor Piazzolla's music, and the second installment of New Standards.
Axiom Brass is an Ensemble-in-Residence at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and Rush Hour Concerts' “Back of the Yards” program in Chicago.
Axiom Brass performs exclusively on Mutec Mutes and S. E. Shires Trumpets and Trombones.
Official website: http://www.axiombrass.com/
"In the life of largely unknown ensembles, there’s that moment when the group has solidified in a way that its performances portend that future notoriety is almost a given. It can be likened to a garage band that plays at a club for the first time, where everyone in attendance has that “I was there when they were nobody” moment. This was the undercurrent felt during a stellar performance by the Axiom Brass Quintet Wednesday evening.
...Chamber music and brass fans would do themselves a great service by keeping an eye out for this standout group of musicians."--Edward Ortiz, San Francisco Classical Voice
"Unquestioningly, this is a very fine ensemble, and their top-notch musicianship and warm, easy rapport with the audience — and with each other — made for a really nice, and thoroughly entertaining, performance."--The Daily Telegram
“The Axiom Brass Quintet is committed to honest and serious music-making at the highest level. Their chamber-music sensibility reflects the tradition of the most venerable and respected string quartets, even as the group displays a unique and compelling aesthetic around passionate and poetic brass performance.”--Cliff Colnot, conductor, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and award-winning composer