Jeffrey Milarsky’s Juilliard-based ensemble Axiom generally performs “modern classics:” repertoire from the Twentieth century that the school’s other NME, the New Juilliard Ensemble, doesn’t tend to cover as frequently (filling in a hole in the new music curriculum at a conservatory? Excellent idea!).
But they’re making an exception tonight, giving the premiere of Three Explorations, a 2010 work for baritone and ensemble by everyone’s favorite 103 year-old composer Elliott Carter. It’s a setting of poems from T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. Also on the program: Babbitt’s All Set and Boulez’s Sur Incises. And the show’s the best price in town: free.