Gregory Hughes conductor
Kris Hammond trumpet
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2
TBA: Composition Competition Winner
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5
Kris Hammond, trumpeter with Axiom Brass and an alumni of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, performs Bach's timeless Second Brandenburg Concerto with members of Lakeview Orchestra, and Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 continues the celebration of our 5th Season.
This concert will last approximately 90 minutes, including one intermission.
Originally from Erie, PA, Kris Hammond is a member of the Axiom Bras in Chicago, IL. He attended the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC, and earned his BM in trumpet performance from Florida State Universit. Mr. Hammond completed his MM in trumpet performance and literature from Northwestern Universit, and his primary teachers have been Dr. Christopher Moore, Charles Geyer, Barbara Butler, and Christopher Martin.
Kris served in the U.S. Nav as trumpet instrumentalist assigned to the “7th Fleet Band” in Yokosuka-shi, Kanagawa, Japan. He rode upon the flagship USS Blue Ridge and traveled to more than 14 countries in the South Pacific as lead trumpet in the big band and brass quintet. While in Japan he also served as co-principal trumpet on joint concerts with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. When Honorably Discharged in 2005, he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Meda.
As a student at FSU he was a finalist in the Graduate Division of the National Trumpet Competitio in Fairfax, VA. He was on the faculty for the FSU Summer Music Camp where he taught private lessons, gave masterclasses, and played solo recitals.
In 2014 Kris joined the Axiom Bras. Praised for their “high level of musicality and technical ability” and for their “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 ever with the prestigious Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition (2012), and the only American ensemble to ever win the Preis der Europa-Stadt Passau in Germany (2012), Axiom has also been named winners of the 2008 International Chamber Brass Competition and prize-winners of the 2010 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, and 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. They have most recently been at two-time finalist at the M-Prize Chamber Music Competitio at the University of Michigan (2016 and 2017) as the only brass group in competition.
Axiom Brass is an Ensemble-in-Residence at the Music Institute of Chicago, Boston University Tanglewood Institut and Rush Hour Concerts’ Back of the Yards program. Please visit axiombrass.com for more information.