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Axiom Brass, a Chicago-based quintet, is on a mission to redefine chamber music for their instrument family and, as a result, the entire genre.

"People don't usually realize the more intimate side of brass playing," explains Kevin Harrison, tuba player for the quintet. "That's the approach we take. We play music and we share and talk about our experiences with that the pieces we play with our audiences to create that intimate connection."

At the young age of 22, Polish-Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki already claims seven years as a recording artist on Deutsche Grammophon. His latest, Chopin: Works for Piano & Orchestra, marks his second release exploring a composer near and dear to him.

"It has the capability to pierce through any armor and go directly to your heart," Lisiecki says of Chopin's music. Find out more in his interview for Of Note with Katy Henriksen.

Fresh off the heels of their live scoring of sci-fi classic Metropolis ​for Trillium Salon Series, the Shadow Ensemble returns with a presentation of F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu. The group, dedicated to live scoring silent films, moves away from musically interpreting glittering towers and subterranean art deco factories to tackle the rustic foreboding mists of Transylvania. 

After 20 years of performing, the Cypress String Quartet says goodbye in a significant way by recording Brahms' two sextets with two longtime collaborators in front of a live studio audience.

"We were thinking about the intimacy of opening up our group to two more people, and the intimacy captured with people in the room with you," says cellist Jennifer Kloetzel.

From the iconic opening of Fantasia to perennial montage favorite In the Hall of the Mountain King, great works of classical music permeate the popular imagination. This is the focus for Symphony of Northwest Arkansas's season finale Saturday, June 3, at the Walton Arts Center.

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