Axiom Brass to perform in Adrian on Dec. 15Written by Renee Lapham Collins | | email@example.com
A “musically excellent, young vibrant” quintet known as Axiom Brass will be the guest artists at this weekend’s Adrian Symphony Orchestra performance, set for 8 p.m Dec. 15.
“Axiom is deeply committed to excellence in the arts — they are very serious musicians,” said John Thomas Dodson, ASO music director and conductor. “I have a project in the Dominican Republic, the ‘Conciertos de la Villa de Santo Domingo’ and Axiom Brass was our featured group during our most recent residency.”
The program included private and public concerts, workshops with the National Youth Symphony, master classes at the National Conservatory of Music, educational concerts for children bused in from across the country, workshops for schools and sessions for at-risk children, Dodson said.
“The Christmas program with this quintet is truly outstanding,” Dodson said. “The quintet is engaged at a high level but they are also having fun. It’s a spectacular program — not just another ‘pops’ concert.”
“Festive Brass” includes the talents of Dorival Puccini Jr., who traces his ancestry back to the opera maestro with the same surname, Matthew Oliphant, Kevin Harrison, Colin Oldberg and Brett Johnson. The group is based in Chicago, but travels extensively around the United States and worldwide.
“This group is the best in high artistic quality and relevance. They bring something that connects with people’s lives,” Dodson said. “I expect people to be entertained and enriched and glad they have heard this group.”
Axiom Brass is one of the major art music groups in chamber music, according to Dodson. They are the only brass ensemble to win the prestigious Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition in its 27-year history and the only American ensemble to win the German Preis der Europa-Stadt Passau.
“They are known for their high caliber artistry, quality arrangements and entertaining programming,” Dodson said.
Axiom Brass is unique in the seriousness with which it takes music.
“They are always looking for coaching from other musicians,” he said. “They listen to string players, conductors. They don’t allow themselves any slack whatsoever. They don’t forgive themselves mistakes. They are strong musicians.”
The concert arrangements are “really fine and varied.”
“For this program, they have created a special Christmas concert featuring traditional carols we all know but heard in an entirely new way,” Dodson said. “It’s familiar music in fresh arrangements, great artistic playing by incredible musicians and the extraordinary qualities we all love when we hear brass.”
Two of Dodson’s own arrangements will start each half of the concert and in addition to the quintet, the ASO will have a “full orchestra treatment of the Canon in D.
“It will be elegant and entertaining,” he said. “It’s a really nice program.”
The Adrian College Quartet will welcome concertgoers to the event by serenading them with carols in the lobby of Dawson Auditorium prior to the concert.
Tickets for the concert are available for purchase through the ASO website, www.adriansymphony.org, by phone at (517) 264-3121 or at the box office beginning at 6 p.m. the evening of the concert. Following the concert, all guests are invited to join the artists at a free reception in the lobby where they can meet members of Axiom Brass, the ASO and Dodson. Axiom Brass CDs will be available for sale and members of the quintet will be on hand to autograph the liners.