Axiom Quartet presents its 2018-2019 season

High Contrast

A high energy season that combines classical masterpieces with entirely contrasting musical genres to bring you an unforgettable concert experience.

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Black, Death, and Metal

 

Axiom Quartet’s epic season opener will be truly a concert like no other! The centerpiece of our program will feature George Crumb’s iconic work Black Angels. Axiom will arm themselves with an array of electric and percussive instruments to perform this complex, wild and sometimes scary piece; timed just right for Halloween. Combined with Black Angels we will present the second movement from Franz Schubert’s String Quartet No.14, based on the same composer’s song Death and the Maiden.  In keeping with the idea of death, we are presenting Schubert’s spooky song about a fate filled evening with death, Erlkönig. What better genre of music to compliment black and death than Metal? Axiom will be shredding new versions of Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer’s legendary music.  If you think you’ve seen it all - you truly have not, until you see Axiom Quartet’s season opening concert!

Subscription Series Concert 1

Saturday, October 27, 2018

7:30 pm

Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church

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Chausson and Prokofiev

 

The Axiom Quartet is joined by the international violin soloist Simon Gollo and his equally accomplished pianist John Novacek to present "Chausson and Prokofiev." Chausson’s Concert for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet is an elegant example of romanticism whose virtuosic solo violin and piano lines are complemented by Axiom.  In stark contrast with Chuasson’s French style is the violently lyrical Quartet No. 2 by Sergei Prokofiev.  This quartet shows off the composer’s sparkling, energetic string writing, while also incorporating folk melodies and moments of deep reflection.

UST Series Concert 1

Saturday, December 1, 2018

7:30 pm

University of St. Thomas, Cullen Hall

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Sultry Secrets

 

Experience one of the most intriguing and dense pieces of the 20th Century with Axiom Quartet performing Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite for String Quartet. Full of secret references and acronyms, and hinting at the composer’s own secret love affair, this powerful piece will take you on an unforgettable journey. Paired with Berg’s masterpiece, Axiom Quartet will perform epic rock ballads describing love’s ups and downs, drama and sultry secrets. "Sultry Secrets" is a highly romantic concert that is only coincidentally, we promise, around the same time as a certain romantically themed day.

Subscription Series Concert 2

Saturday, February 9, 2019

7:30 pm

Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church

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Tangodromo

 

What happens when you combine classical music with the Argentine Tango, Tangodromo! Piazzolla started this intoxicating concoction of musical styles about 50 years ago and JP Jofre is continuing this style of music in his compositions today. Come join the Axiom Quartet as they perform Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires alongside JP Jofre’s Tangodromo for Quartet and Bandoneon.

 

A native of San Juan, Argentina, Juan Pablo Jofre Romarion aka JP Jofre, is an award-winning bandoneon player and composer. Mr. Jofre has been repeatedly highlighted by the New York Times and praised as one of today’s leading artists by Great Performers at Lincoln Center. His music has been recorded by 16 Grammy winner Paquito D’ Rivera, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and

choreographed/performed by ballet-star Herman Cornejo (Principal Dancer of the American Ballet Theatre) among others. He has performed and given lectures at Google Talks, TEDtalks, The Juilliard School of Music, The New School, etc. A recipient of the National Prize of the Arts grant in Argentina, Mr. Jofre has collaborated with many famous musicians in a wide range of musical styles, including Paquito D’Rivera, Kathryn Stott, Symphony Silicon Valley, Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Argentina, San Antonio Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Philippe Quint, Fernando Otero, and Fred Sturm among others.

This explosive program is presented in cooperation with Opera in the Heights, whose production of Piazzolla's tango-opera "Maria of Buenos Aires" will be running at Lambert Hall February 15-23. 

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

7:30 pm

Lambert Hall

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Houston Tuesday Musical Club

 

The Houston Tuesday Musical Club is proud to present the Axiom Quartet in concert on Sunday March 3rd at Emerson Unitarian Church. The quartet will perform highlights from the 2018/2019 season, including Prokofiev, Berg and Schubert. Please join us after the concert for a reception in Westwood Hall.

Special Event

Sunday, March 3, 2019

4:00 pm

Emerson Unitarian Church

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The Sound of Hitchcock

 

We know our programming may look psycho and might even give you vertigo.  Why not go with it and come to "The Sound of Hitchcock." Composer, Bernard Herrmann, is best known for his collaborations with film director Alfred Hitchcock. However, in addition to writing music for movies, Herrmann also composed pieces for the concert hall. Rice University professor, clarinetist Richie Hawley will be joining the quartet to perform Souvenir de Voyages, a dreamy romantic piece that combines moments of melancholy with moments of hopefulness. Herrmann’s string quartet, Echoes, is a deeply personal work, nostalgic of earlier times in his life and career. This program will also include a suite of music used in Hitchcock’s films, for clarinet and string quartet.

UST Series Concert 2

Sunday, April 7, 2019

5:00 pm

University of St. Thomas, Cullen Hall

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Out of the Dark

 

Our season began with black darkness and will close with white light; colors of high contrast. Axiom Quartet’s "Out of the Dark" is a journey from the dark into the light with works by three celebrated living composers: Terry Riley, Steve Reich, and Arvo Pärt. Terry Riley’s G-Song, a piece written for Kronos Quartet in 1980, is a piece with jazz improvised origins.  It is also a work with never stopping momentum that creates a sense of travel, and a relentless minor mode that evokes a lament-like pathos. Fratres by Arvo Pärt is one of the most recognizable pieces of music from the 20th century. In it, Pärt juxtaposes the symbolic stillness of the universe with the frantic struggle of the human life and ends with the luminous realization of peace. Lastly, Axiom will perform Steve Reich’s Different Trains for String Quartet and

Pre-recorded Tape. This grammy award winning work deals with Reich’s Jewish heritage and is a meaningful continuation of Reich’s signature minimalist style.  

POSTPONED

Due to inclement weather predicted for Saturday, May 11th, this concert will be rescheduled for Saturday, May 18th @ 7:30.

Subscription Series Concert 3

Saturday, May 18, 2019

7:30 pm

Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church

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Cave Without a Name

 

The Axiom Quartet returns to the Cave Without a Name with a concert featuring highlights from the current season, High Contrast. The program will include works by Schubert, Prokofiev, and Piazzolla, as well as living composers Terry Riley and Arvo Pärt, and 1980's ballads by Foreigner and George Michael. Come join us on Memorial Day weekend for an experience like no other in this beautiful living cavern.

 

Special Event

Sunday, May 26, 2019

7:30 pm

Cave Without a Name, Boerne, TX

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