Folks who attend the Hurricane Harvey Relief Benefit Concert performance of The Axiom Quartet at The Bender on Saturday, Sept. 23 are in for a special treat.
In addition to hearing the four talented young musicians who call themselves The Axiom Quartet, lucky ticket holders also will get to hear another talented group of Hurricane Harvey survivors from Friendswood.
“I saw their video on the local news and I just knew we had to get them to perform at The Bender,” says Jennifer Wooden, director of the Humble Civic Center and the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center in Humble.
Wooden felt a strong sense of empathy with the singers because the Civic Center housed a number of displaced and homeless Lake Houston residents during the height of Harvey’s deluge.
Wooden reached out to the creator of the video, Sarah Hames, a gifted singer and owner of the Friendswood Music School.
The result is that Hames and her talented theater friends will open for The Axiom with a special performance of “One More Day,” a memorable song from Hames’ all-time favorite Broadway musical, “Les Miserables.”
Hurricane Harvey left 48 inches of water in her house and a mountain of wrecked belongings outside. That “mountain” got her to thinking.
“Let’s do a video of ‘One More Day,’” she thought.
She called her sister and a couple dozen of her theater friends and the rest is video history. The music was recorded in her driveway and some friends who own a video production company videotaped it. One can watch Hames and her theater friends sing – and her sister wave the Lone Star flag – on You Tube, youtube.com/results?search_query=les+harveyables.
Almost 35,000 people have viewed Hames’ video since it was recorded just a few weeks ago, but they will be seen live when Hames and her clever and talented friends perform in person at The Bender on Sept. 23.
Hames and her friends will open for The Axiom Quartet, four young people who know how to mix terrific classical string tunes with trendy rock, electronic, indie, jazz and pop music.
They are Quartet-in-Residence for the School of Music at the University of St. Thomas and perform regularly at Bush Airport as part of Houston Airport System’s Harmony in the Air.
The quartet’s goal is to turn their classical fans onto extraordinary popular music, says Patrick Moore, co-founder of the quartet. “We are classical music advocates to pop fans who wouldn’t normally attend classical concerts.”
At The Bender, they’ll continue their tradition of mixing popular classical music by Bach and Strauss with contemporary sounds such as Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac and Take 5, 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.
For tickets to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Benefit Concert featuring The Axiom Quartet and the Les Harveyables, or for more information about events at The Bender, call 281-446-4140, visit humblepac.com, or find The Charles Bender Performing Arts Center on Facebook.
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