Axiom Quartet presents its

2019-2020 Season

Grand and Glamorous

Sunday September 29th @ 7:30 pm

University of St. Thomas, Cullen Hall I Map

Suggested donation $25

What to Expect at an Axiom Quartet concert

Axiom Quartet presents its 2019-2020 season, Grand and Glamorous. We are excited to share a season of works that exude elegance and brilliance. This season will feature programs that include classical music’s master composers such as Beethoven, Schubert and Tchaikovsky. The season will also include captivating works by Rice University professor Pierre Jalbert and Rice University alum Gabriela Lena Frank. In addition to this, we will also present a concert dedicated to your favorite pop songs. We hope you will join us for this magnificent season!

 

Axiom Quartet’s exhilarating opening concert will set the stage for the spirit of the entire season. This program will begin with the thrilling String Quartet No. 1 by Alberto Ginastera. This energetic work shows off the quartet’s virtuosity through exciting melodies and driving rhythms based on the music of his native Argentina. This will be followed by Franz Schubert’s monumental String Quartet No. 15 in G Major. This large scale work, almost symphonic in nature, sweeps the listener to another world with its gorgeous harmonies and lively, insistent energy.
 

Legends

Saturday November 2nd @ 5:00 pm

University of St. Thomas, Cullen Hall I Map

Suggested donation $25

What to Expect at an Axiom Quartet concert

Axiom Quartet’s Grand and Glamorous season would not be complete without featuring some legendary composers, as well as the music of folk legends. The program will begin with Rice alum Gabriela Lena Frank’s Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout. This spectacular piece combines Andean folk music and Western classical traditions to depict various scenes from Andean culture. This concert will also feature Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 1, a beautiful, incredibly moving work which also draws on folk music. As an exciting finish to this concert, we will be presenting Niccolo Paganini’s Caprice No. 24, arranged for string quartet. Originally written for solo violin, the string quartet version still delivers all the flashiness and thrill that Paganini intended.
 

Meet Me in Paris

Saturday February 8th @ 5:00 pm

University of St. Thomas, Cullen Hall I Map

Suggested donation $25

What to Expect at an Axiom Quartet concert

As much as everyone knows and loves the music of Maurice Ravel and Igor Stravinsky, the works of Alexandre Tansman remain relatively unknown in the United States. This prolific composer was born in 1897 to a Jewish family in Poland, and even though he later immigrated to France and the United States, he always identified as a Polish composer. His music, tremendously popular in the avant-garde circles of Paris, was appreciated and supported by his friends and mentors: Ravel and Stravinsky, who immediately invited young Tansman into the ranks of “École de Paris”, an organization for foreign-born composers in Paris. Axiom Quartet is proud to present Alexandre Tansman’s String Quartet No.6 together with the immensely popular String Quartet by Maurice Ravel, an unmatched icon of the Impressionist style. To complete the picture of music in the bohemian Paris of the early 20th Century, we will close our program with Three Pieces for String Quartet by Igor Stravinsky.

Jukebox Concert

Friday March 6th @ 6:00 pm

The Gypsy Poet I Map

$10 Cover

If you followed Axiom Quartet’s programming ideas in the past seasons, you know that we cultivate excellence in performing a wide array of music styles. Axiom is known for mixing classical music with the modern, contemporary and even popular styles, giving all of them a special meaning and strength in our concerts. Who is to say that rock and pop songs of the 1980s or 1990s don’t deserve attention just as classical masterpieces? If you are a pop music fan, you will love our new idea of “Jukebox” concert. This fun evening is dedicated to the fans of the greatest pop hits of all times, from the 1960s until today. “Jukebox” concert allows you to choose your own favorites from our extensive list of pop & rock hits. Choose a song, and simply let us know what you want to hear during the concert. You will be able to choose your favorites during the concert or even beforehand, as we publish our extensive repertoire on Axiom Quartet’s website in the weeks before the event. Space is limited so come in early, grab a beer, and take your seat. You will have the time of your life!

Grand Tales

Saturday May 2nd @ 5:00 pm

University of St. Thomas, Cullen Hall I Map

Suggested donation $25

What to Expect at an Axiom Quartet concert

The closure of Axiom Quartet’s 2019-2020 season will be as grand as its title. To conclude our “Grand and Glamorous” year, we chose two very contrasting, yet equally captivating works. Pierre Jalbert, world-renowned, Houston-based composer, has won multiple awards, commissions and distinctions for his work. His String Quartet No. 3, full of color and pulsating rhythmic virility will be a worthy complement to one of the greatest chamber music pieces of all time: Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet No.15 in A minor. The center stage of Beethoven’s work is taken by its slow movement, titled by the composer himself: “The Sacred Song of Thanks”. Although there is a true story behind this title, the Axiom  Quartet musicians use its special meaning for themselves: as an expression of gratitude and happiness for yet another exciting concert season! Come, join us at the conclusion of our “Grand and Glamorous” year!