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Music Institute of Chicago Welcomes Axiom Brass, Quintet Attacca and Mark George in Concert Tonight

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Music Institute of Chicago Welcomes Axiom Brass, Quintet Attacca and Mark George in Concert Tonight

The Music Institute of Chicago presents three of its own in concert: President and CEO Mark George on piano with Ensembles in Residence Axiom Brass and Quintet Attacca for a concert program tonight, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. The program includes Beethoven's Quintet in E Flat, Op. 16 and jazz composer/musician Billy Childs' Two Elements for Brass Quintet and Piano.

Mark George: Dr. Mark George joined the Music Institute of Chicago in January 2010 as President and CEO. He is the immediate past board chair of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. In 2011, the Chicago Tribune named him Chicagoan of the Year in classical music. An accomplished pianist, he has performed and recorded extensively throughout the United States. His chamber ensemble North Coast Trio was the grand prize winner at the 1992 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and first prize co-winner of the 1993 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. He has appeared frequently as a recitalist and soloist with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Trinity Chamber Orchestra, Epicycle: An Ensemble for New Music, the University Circle Wind Ensemble, and many others. He served as director of the Hartt School Community Division and as manager of community music education, and subsequently director of distance learning, for the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has held faculty positions at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Case Western Reserve University, Mount Union College, and the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music.

Axiom Brass: Praised for its "high level of musicality and technical ability" and "clean, clear and precise sound," the award-winning Axiom Brass Quintet has quickly established itself as "one of the major art music groups in brass chamber music." As the only brass quintet in 27 years to win the prestigious Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition (2012), and the only American ensemble to win the Preis der Europa-Stadt Passau in Germany (2012), Axiom was also named winner of the 2008 International Chamber Brass Competition and prize winner of the 2010 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, and the Jeju City International Brass Quintet Competition in South Korea. Axiom Brass is dedicated to enhancing the musical life of communities across the globe and educating the next generation of musicians.

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