The Axiom Quartet isn’t your mama’s kind of classical music
What do Fleetwood Mac, Take 5, Britney Spears and Bach have in common?
They’ll be “performed” on stage at the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center in Humble Saturday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15.
It won’t be Fleetwood Mac, Take 5 or Britney Spears performing, but four talented musicians who call themselves The Axiom Quartet. These gifted young people know how to mix terrific classical string tunes with trendy rock, electronic, indie, jazz and pop music.
“We want to turn our classical fans on to extraordinary popular music,” said Patrick Moore, co-founder of the quartet, “and we are classical music advocates to pop fans who wouldn’t normally attend classical concerts.”
Besides Moore, a cellist, the Axiom Quartet consists of Dominika Dancewicz and Ingrid Gerling, two violinists, and Nina Bledsoe, a violist.
“Dominika and I were a part of the original foursome who founded Axiom,” said Moore, a native of Midland, Texas. “Frankly, we had a desire to perform at a higher level, so we formed a string quartet to help us reach that goal.”
They eventually chose to call themselves “Axiom.”
“That’s a mathematical term;” Moore said, “something that is accepted as true without having to prove it. We thought that pretty well describes our music.”
“We consider it a vital part of our responsibility as artists to give back,” said Moore, “so we began collaborating with many local organizations.”
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, they are Outreach Ambassadors for Chamber Music Houston, performing for communities throughout the Gulf Coast who wouldn’t otherwise have access to high-quality musical performances. They accept donations, which are tax deductible.
Axiom performs for hundreds of folks outside the concert hall – in schools, retirement communities and hospitals. They’ve even got a standing gig at Terminals A and D at Bush Airport as part of Houston Airport System’s Harmony in the Air where their soothing strings help relieve travel stress.
The more they performed, the more Axiom paid attention to what charmed their audiences.
“As we went out into the community, we began performing lighter forms of music,” Moore recalled, “‘Phantom of the Opera,’ for example, and we saw how the audiences responded.”
And, when the crowds heard them perform Michael Jackson’s, “Beat It,” well, Axiom realized they had something going.
“In fact, we’ve titled our performance at The Bender, ‘Breaking Through,’ because that’s exactly how our music has evolved, breaking through to play expressive music from across the Western tradition,” said Moore.
For a taste of The Axiom Quartet sound, click on “videos” on their website, axiomquartet.com.
In addition to performing at The Bender, The Axiom Quartet recently reached two milestones. They were named Quartet-in-Residence for the School of Music at the University of St. Thomas and they will release their first recording in Spring 2018 after being signed to the Parma Recordings label.
At St. Thomas, they are members of the faculty and their residency includes performing concerts in Cullen Hall, teaching private lessons, coaching chamber ensembles and hosting an annual summer camp for young string musicians.
The quartet has acquired quite a following since they are the first classical string ensemble to play at the unique and scenic “Cave without a Name” in the Texas Hill Country. For the past two years, they’ve played memorable music among the stalactites and stalagmites for overflowing and appreciative audiences.
They’ve also performed at The Smalley Concert Series in LaGrange.
On Sept. 23 at The Bender, they’ll continue their tradition of mixing popular classical music by Bach and Strauss with contemporary sounds such as Pink Floyd, and they’ll spice things up with electric dance music from Haywyre, a Bob Dylan tune, even a little Samba. They’ll include music by Phillip Glass, a modern-day composer who’s written 20 operas, 10 symphonies and too many movie soundtracks to mention.
In regard to their performance of “Toxic” by Pop Princess Britney Spears, Moore said, “Actually, it’s a really fun song for us to play.” And he promises, “If we earn a standing ovation, we’ll play it as an encore!”
The concert will be a fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey Relief.
Future events at The Bender:
Oct. 27-28 and Nov. 3-4 – “Shrek The Musical” presented by the Christian Youth Theater of Houston, an affiliate of the largest youth theater program in the nation.
Nov. 11 – “A Night at the Symphony” featuring the Symphony North of Houston, a community-based orchestra of teachers, homemakers, engineers, lawyers, bankers and many other professionals from the Houston area who play classical music.
Dec. 16 – “Houston Choral Showcase” with the Houston Choral, an adult show choir featuring pop, rock, disco, jazz, show tunes and patriotic tunes.
The Charles Bender Performing Arts Center is located at 611 Higgins near Downtown Humble.
For tickets to The Axiom Quartet performance or for more information about coming events at The Bender, call 281-446-4140, visit humblepac.com, or visit the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center on Facebook.
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