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Founded in 2005, NYC-based Double Entendre Music Ensemble is a collective of like-minded musicians devoted to adventurous exploration of the double reed repertoire. Noted for its first-rate musicianship and creativity, the Ensemble illuminates classics, revives neglected music, and commissions new works for these soulful instruments.

In 2015, Double Entendre was featured on WQXR's Classical Commute Series. Listen to Michael Shobe interview members of the Ensemble.

The Ensemble's American Music Project featured new commissions from Martin Bresnick and John Steinmetz. The project culminated with Double Take: American Reed, released by Albany Records in 2014. David Schwartz of the American Record Guide wrote, "If not for the variety, then for the music, but definitely for the sake of the artistry on this album, I recommend that all reed players add this to their collection."

Going Home (Vysoke, My Jerusalem), commissioned by Double Entendre with support from Meet the Composer and composed by Martin Bresnick in 2010, appears on his CD Prayers Remain Forever. The quartet for oboe, violin, viola and cello appears regularly on the WQXR playlist, most recently in January, 2016.

Double Entendre Old and New, the Ensemble's current multi-year project, explores double reed music from the 17th century through the present day. Old and New 2016 features oboe and bassoon quartets by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Francois Devienne, Benjamin Britten, Bernard Garfield and Anna Dagmar.

Double Entendre Music Ensemble is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs as well as private foundations.

From concert halls to beer halls, in churches and bookstores, schools and parks, Double Entendre reaches a diverse audience wherever engaged listeners are found.

We are a 501(c)(3) organization. For a copy of our latest annual report, send email to dentendre@doubleentendre.org or call 212.740.2909.

E-mail: dentendre@doubleentendre.org

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