"Zaps the myth that classical stuff's stuffy!"
Results for the 2015 Quadre Composition Contest
When asked what sets QUADRE apart from other, more traditional ensembles, quartet member Nathan Pawelek doesn't hesitate: "QUADRE is a hot iron on the backside!"
Since its inception in 1998, this award winning group of funny, self-deprecating, highly entertaining and quintessentially virtuosic French Horn masters has performed over 1000 concerts, lectures and workshops throughout the United States - from the Manhattan School of Music in New York to the Greater Grand Forks Symphony in North Dakota. Often referring to each other using their self-appointed "bowling" names (Dot, Moe, Frank and Ned), QUADRE's core mission is to make music accessible, engaging and enjoyable for audiences of all ages.
QUADRE's extensive repertoire includes music from multiple genres -classical, jazz, pop and new works and arrangements created by the Quartet members themselves. As active collaborators, QUADRE has worked across the U.S. with
- Orchestras and symphonies
- College/university faculty and student ensembles
- Noted professional musicians and soloists
- Critically acclaimed composers
- K-12 teachers and administrators
Through it all, QUADRE's approach to what they do inevitably reflects their razor sharp wit, humor and tireless comedic banter. Quartet member Daniel Wood crystalizes the "essence" of QUADRE in this way:
"QUADRE is novel new music, an amusing perspective and a blended brass sound wrapped up in the newspaper funnies. Our performances and classroom visits, like our recordings, showcase our fervent desire to satisfy and enthuse our audiences. Whether collaborating with an innovative composer, a noted concert pianist or the local clown, we too can wear big shoes and squirty flowers."
Which pretty much sums it up.