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Classical music: Grace Episcopal Church teams up with Classical Revolution and kicks off a new series of free concerts this Saturday morning with the Quadre French Horn Quartet

June 23, 2011
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A REMINDER: Speaking of summer music festivals, the impressive fifth annual Minnesota Beethoven Festival, held in Winona, Minn., kicks off this Saturday, June 26, and runs through July 17. A lot of great artists and great music is scheduled. For information about artists, performances, tickets and directions, visit:

By Jacob Stockinger

This Saturday at 11:30 a.m., during the Dane County Farmers’ Market, Grace Episcopal Church (below), at 116 West Washington Avenue on the Capitol Square in downtown Madison, is starting a new series of free concerts – with a special mission or purpose in mind.

The first group of performers to inaugurate the series is a French horn quartet called QUADRE (below).

Here is a press release from organizer and participant Laura Weiner:

““Grace Presents” is a new venture on the part of Grace Episcopal Church to provide free classical chamber concerts to the public on the square, whether that be during a Farmer’s Market (below), during the workweek, or even during the homeless shelter evening meals.

“Grace have teamed up with another venture, Classical Revolution, which is a group of musicians that aims to bring classical music into more culturally accessible venues.  These have ranged from bars, restaurants, and coffee shops to outdoor festivals and UW events.

“Classical Revolution is an international organization with chapters in many different cities and towns. The Madison chapter began in fall 2010, and this next year is moving forward with a wider range of concert venues, audiences and programming.  They are in the process of getting our website up (hopefully by the end of next week):

“And you can check out the national organization at

“Both Grace and Classical Revolution are very excited about presenting the first concert, Quadre Horn Quartet (below).

“Since its inception in 1998, this award-winning group of funny, self-deprecating, highly entertaining and quintessentially virtuosic French Horn masters (listen below) has performed over 1,000 concerts, lectures and workshops throughout the United States.  QUADRE’s core mission is to make music accessible, engaging and enjoyable for audiences of all ages.

“In their program of “Global Horning,” you can travel with Quadre as they adventure around the world with horns in hand- from the beaches of Waikiki to the Swiss Alps to romps with hounds on an English hillside.  “Global Horning” explores the evolution of the horn from pre-historic to futuristic, and horn music of all kinds from around the globe.

The concert will be Saturday, June 25, at 11:30 a.m. inside Grace Episcopal Church (interior is below) and is open free to the public.

You can find information about Quadre on the web at

The next concert is July 9.

Although no information about the specific program by Quadre has been provided, The Ear is betting the chances are very good that the 90-minute program will feature some of the works the same group will perform before paying customers the night before at the Green Lake Festival of Music in Ripon.

That program was posted here yesterday. Use this link to see the choices or possibilities:

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