AXIOM's three-concert series opens on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 8 PM inJuilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater, with the concept of color at its thematic core. Harrison Birtwistle’s 3 Settings of Celan (1989-1994) for soprano, two clarinets, viola, violoncello, and double bass is set to the moving poems of Holocaust survivor Paul Celan (1920-1970), commissioned and originally performed by The Composers Ensemble. Two colorful and joyful works complete the opening program: Olivier Messiaen’s splashy depiction of birdsong,Oiseaux exotiques (1955-6), commissioned by Messiaen’s star pupil Pierre Boulez and scored for 19 players; and John Adams’ Son of Chamber Symphony (2007), a commission by Stanford University, Carnegie Hall, and the San Francisco Ballet and dedicated to Ara Guzelimian, current Provost and Dean of Juilliard. Its first performance took place on November 30, 2007 at Stanford, performed by Alarm Will Sound and conducted by Alan Pierson. A choreographed version of the work titled Joyride by Mark Morris was first performed by the San Francisco Ballet on April 23, 2008.