Tabernash: Zapping the myth that classical stuff’s stuffy
July 25, 2008
The Grand County Concert Series presents its final concert of the 2007-’08 season with the California-based group Quadre – The Voice of Four Horns.
The French horn quartet, based out of California, will be stopping in Grand County on its way to perform as part of the International Horn Symposium at the University of Denver. They are set to play several original compositions from their latest recording, “Citrus,” by ensemble members Nathan Pawelek and Daniel Wood. They also plan to play music by Aaron Copland, George Frederic Handel and “Tiger Rag” composer Nick LaRocca.
Pawelek, a composer and horn player, received his master’s degree in music from Yale. He just finished a 10-year tenure as principal horn with the South Dakota Symphony and has written several works for the orchestra, including a clarinet concerto symphony. Wood is an active performer, teacher and composer who graduated from UCLA in music. He studied with Richard Todd and Fred Fox and founded Quadre in 1998.
Amy Jo Rhine and Lydia Van Dreel join them to round out the quartet. Rhine, who joined Quadre this year, has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and Panama as a chamber musician. Van Dreel received her master of music degree from the Juilliard School and joined the University of Oregon music faculty as assistant professor of horn in 2006. She recorded for the BUZZ record label with new music group DaDaDah and joined Quadre in 2007.
Soprano Elizabeth Weigle will also be up for the concert in Tabernash, to perform “Three Hunting Songs” (by Brian Holmes) along with the quartet. Weigle, of Philadelphia, recently sang in the Colorado Symphony’s production of Mahler’s “Fourth Symphony” and teaches voice at St. Joseph’s University.
Artistic Director Daniel Wood said he “relishes these opportunities to collaborate with other artists” and said working with “Liz” is a “thrill.” “Three Hunting Songs” represents “a homecoming of sorts” since ensemble members Rhine and Van Dreel have known Weigle since they were teens at the Eastman School of Music (with Rhine) and the Interlochen Music Academy (with Van Dreel).
Quadre’s repertoire includes classical works, the musicians’ own original brass music, and arrangements connected with the group’s sense of humor. For the past decade, Quadre has played more than 700 performances.
Birmingham News deems them an ensemble that “zaps the myth that classical stuff’s stuffy” and now it is time for Grand County to see why the International Horn Call said the group’s music features moments of “inspiration, sorrow, silliness, love, virtuosic display, but above all: just plain fun.”
The show starts at 7 p.m. Individual tickets are available at the door for $15 for adults, and $8 for students. Patrons are encouraged to become a member of the volunteer nonprofit 501(c)3 organization helping to bring world-class performers to Grand County.
The group hosts complimentary receptions after each concert at the Church of The Eternal Hills in Tabernash and offers outreach programs for local students. All tickets may be picked up at the door on concert evenings.