Axiom Brass Returns after MLK Day Performance

By Shannon Houston

Chamber group Axiom Brass will return to perform at Southern Oregon University this weekend after paying tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 20.

The group came to Ashland specifically for the event honoring King, performing pieces geared towards issues of race and social justice. In between performances by Axiom Brass, former Oregon poet laureate Lawson Inada read selections of King’s letters.

Both the group and Inada performed to a crowd of approximately 150 community members and students. After the performances, Axiom Brass led a discussion surrounding the events of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as well as discussing their music. One of the pieces performed dealt specifically with the death of composer David Samson’s brother, who was murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan and American Nazis in 1979.

Throughout the week, Axiom Brass stayed in Ashland and led a music residency with SOU students.

The next concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 24 and at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, both at the SOU Music Recital Hall.

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