October 18-19.png

Rise above fear of the unknown.

From Angélica Negrón’s probing and wandering soundscape to the simmering and questioning phrases of Brahms’ 4th symphony, our opening concert takes us on a journey to overcome anxiety, as we explore what keeps us awake.

Join us for our Season 5 kick-off. Friends of WHCO join us Saturday after the concert for a post-concert reception featuring a neighborhood coffee tasting.


Angélica Negrón: What Keeps Me Awake
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Guitar Concerto featuring Nilko Andreas
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra
Chris Whittaker, Music Director
Nilko Andreas, Guitar

Click to subscribe and reserve your tickets for the entire season >

Purchase tickets for Friday

Purchase tickets for Saturday


Adults $5 in advance / $7 at the door
Kids ages 17 and under FREE
Young listeners welcome!

Times & Locations

7:00pm Friday, October 18, 2019
George Washington Educational Campus
549 Audubon Ave. New York, NY 10040

View Map

3:00pm Saturday, October 19, 2019
Fort Washington Collegiate Church
729 W. 181st St. New York, NY 10033
Followed by post-concert reception for
Friends of WHCO.

View Map

In Detail

Angelica Negron.jpg

Angélica Negrón is a Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón writes music for accordions, robotic instruments, toys and electronics as well as chamber ensembles and orchestras. Her music has been described as “wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative” (WQXR/Q2) and “mesmerizing and affecting” (Feast of Music) while The New York Times noted her “capacity to surprise” and her “quirky approach to scoring”. Angélica has been commissioned by the Albany Symphony, Bang on a Can All-Stars, A Far Cry, MATA Festival, loadbang, The Playground Ensemble and the American Composers Orchestra, among others. Her music has been performed at the Kennedy Center, the Ecstatic Music Festival, EMPAC, Bang on a Can Marathon and the 2016 New York Philharmonic Biennial and her film scores have been heard numerous times at the Tribeca Film Festival. She has collaborated with artists like Sō Percussion, The Knights, Face the Music and NOVUS NY, among others and is a founding member of the electronic indie band Balún. Angélica is currently a doctoral candidate at The Graduate Center (CUNY), where she studies composition with Tania León and focuses on the work of Meredith Monk for her dissertation. She's a teaching artist for New York Philharmonic's Very Young Composers Program and Lincoln Center Education working with learners of all ages on creative composition projects. Angélica is currently an artist in residency at National Sawdust working on a lip sync opera titled Chimera for drag queen performers and chamber ensemble exploring the ideas of fantasy and illusion as well as the intricacies and complexities of identity. She is the composer in residence for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra for their 2018-2019 season.

Nilko A Guarín by Sergio R Reyes 7644.jpg

Classical guitarist Nilko Andreas Guarin has been praised as an “electrifying performer for his powerful stage presence and spontaneity that is irresistible.” Since his Carnegie Hall debut in 2009 (performing with the “Azlo Orchestra,”) Nilko Andreas has been captivating audiences in two continents, as a soloist and chamber musician. He has received many honors, including “The Recognition Award” by the City of New York for his contributions to the arts.  Born in Columbia, Andreas has great interests in the composers of Latin America, and he regularly commissions new works. He has participated in renowned international festivals as Cooperstown Music festival, Vale do Café and Festival do Inverno do Petropolis in Brazil, The Mannes Guitar seminar and Long Island Guitar Festival in NY, “Wildthurn” in Munich, Germany, “Moment Musicaux” in Normandie, France. He has worked with prominent composers including Alba Potes, “Prix de Rome” winner Juan Pablo Carreno, Kevin Purcell, Juan Pablo Contreras, Ricardo Calderoni, Reinaldo Moya, Francisco Zumaque, Juan Calderon and Ricardo Llorca, Francisco Zumaque. and with conductors such as Bartholomeus Van de Velde, Solomon Tong, David Gilbert, Vince Lee, Michel Adelson, Laurine Fox, Alondra de la Parra and Eduardo Garcia Barrios,  Nilko Andreas has appeared with Time Warner TV, RCN TV, Univision 41, Fox News, Cuny TV, HJUT, “W” Radio in Colombia and WQXR in New York. He has recorded with Multiplatinum Artists.  Born in Colombia Nilko Andreas has great interest for the composers of Latin America, constantly commissioning and premiering new works. He  premiered at Carnegie Hall “Tukanos” Concerto for guitar and orchestra by Alba Potes and Ricardo Calderoni’s “Concerto Chamaleon” as part as the “Amazonas Series” a concert series that promotes Music from Latin-America. 

He began playing Cello at the age of five at the National Conservatory of Music in Bogota, he holds a BM and a Master of Music degree from The Manhattan school of Music in NY where he graduated  on Classical Guitar, Composition and orchestral conducting.

An accomplished educator, Nilko Andreas has given master classes and conferences on Classical Music at distinguished universities such as Columbia University, the Mannes College of Music in New York, NYU, The Berkley School of Music, the French Alliance in Cartagena Universidad del Norte and Bellas Artes in Barranquilla, the Eafit University In Colombia. Campos dos Goytacases in Brazil, And Redes 2025 in Tijuana , Mexico. Among others.

As a composer, Nilko Andreas has written music for independent films, theatre, Dance and solo artists. His score for silent film “Pancho Villa’s Revenge” was celebrated at the world-renowned Flaherty Film Seminar. His collaboration with award-winning theatre group Artificio, in Federico García Lorca’s “The Butterfly’s Evil Spell”, won him several honors,  awards and rave reviews. Recently he was commissioned by Mordance to write a piece for chamber ensemble that was premiered in NY at the Sheen Center.