After losing the first three ends with singles, Peter Day, Ron Vizard, Mark Rainbow and Tom Sankey weighed in with six winning ends of one four and five singles to take a 9-3 lead against the team skipped by J Clayfield.
Honours were shared over the next three ends with a treble to the Taylor quartet and a two and a single to Durham before the visiting side pulled away with a two and four to edge in front 21-15 and then only conceding a last-end single.
After winning the first two ends with singles the Solihull men then lost five of the next six ends with 4, 1, 2, 1, 3 - against their fifth end single - to trail 11-3.
"Kabnis," like "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," ends with a nocturnal ceremony.
Echoing the movement from canefield to classroom and back, Johnson's collection starts and ends with rural settings ("The Education of Mingo" and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") and sandwiches Chicago in between.