Axiom Brass will give two concerts at the Opera on May 22

Opera music

CHEBOYGAN — The Chamberfest Cheboygan Series continues this Sunday, May 22, with Chicago-based ensemble Axiom Brass performing twice on the same day for Cheboygan County music fans.

The group will present a free matinee concert at 2 p.m. for children and their caregivers, a performance titled “Imogene’s Last Stand”. The group will then perform an evening concert of Latin American music at 7:30 p.m., entitled “Lust, Mystery and Despair”.

The children’s matinee concert at 2:00 p.m. is based on the award-winning book “Imogene’s Last Stand” by Candace Fleming. The Axiom Brass brings to life this patriotic tale of little Imogene Tripp and her quest to save her town’s history.

In this storytelling concert, children learn about brass instruments as the ensemble performs the music of George Walker, Reena Esmail, Fisher Tull and Aaron Copland, accompanied by patriotic tunes and sound effects.

Pictured (left to right) Steve Crusoe, CNB Senior Vice President, Sharon Coppernoll, CNB Mortgage Officer, Nancy Lindsay, CNB Vice President, Matthew Keene, CNB President and CEO, recently presented to Cheboygan Area Arts Council Chief Executive Owen Goslin (centre) with a check to provide a free children's concert at the Opera House.

This free matinee concert is made possible thanks to the support of Citizens National Bank. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and seating is first come, first served.

A slideshow of works from this year’s Cheboygan Youth Art Show will be screened in the hall prior to the concert, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The 7:30 p.m. concert, “Lust, Mystery and Despair,” includes music from the album ASTOR, which Axiom released in October 2021. The program features works by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, as well as other Latin composers. Americans.

A reception with light food and drinks will follow the performance on the Opera stage, giving the public the opportunity to meet the guest artists. This concert will be recorded by Interlochen Public Radio for rebroadcast on their stations.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are free for students, $25 for adults. The entire Chamberfest Cheboygan series can be purchased for $100 for the remaining five concerts, including the May 22 Axiom concert.

Tickets are available online at, by calling (231) 627-5841, or at the box office, which is currently open 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. The box office is also open three hours before show time.