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PROGRAM REVIEWS

PROGRAM REVIEWS for the individual concerts will be posted here as they become available.

AXIOM BRASS, FEBRUARY 13, 2022

On February 13,2022, the Chamber Music Society of Utica was proud to present Axiom Brass. The program entitled”Limitless” presented original transcriptions paired with stunning visual and video effects. 

 

The varied repertoire spanned four centuries from the early 1600’s to 2018. Part I was called “Humankind” and Part II, “Nature and Space”. The encore was a selection from their Astor Piazzolla CD. This work was a technical feat and proved to be an astounding finish to a spectacular concert.

 

One of the performers quoted Cesar Cruz, ”Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable”. This goal was certainly achieved by the Axiom Brass. 

Anita Humer

Professional pianist, accompanist and piano teacher
Staff pianist at Colgate University

Serves on boards of CMSU, the Leschetizky Piano Organization, NYC

and the Monday Evening Music Club of Norwich NY

I had the pleasure a listening to a live stream performance of Axiom Brass recently from Utica, NY.  The brass ensemble expertly performed a concert with a variety of ensemble literature from the 14th to the 20th centuries. From Gregorian to Bach to George Walker.  
 

What made this performance different from other Brass Ensembles was the addition of the large white screen  which displayed artistic photos relating to the music they performed. Photos of faces, or athletes, famous people, or images from Outer Space. One selection the ensemble performed was interactive to the music, displaying a light show which reminded me of a “Rock” concert from the 70’s.  
 

The Axiom Brass was a wonderful experience of sight and sound,  even better, I’m sure, in person. 

Gary Soloman

Conductor, Norwich City Band

Trumpet Accompanist at Colgate University

Retired Instrumental Music Teacher at Sherburne-Earlville, NY

M.M. in Trumpet, Binghamton University

B.A. in Music Education, New Jersey City University