Saturday, March 18, 2017

Fort Washington Collegiate Church
729 W. 181st St., New York, NY 10033

Anna Urrey, Flute
Ellen Hindson, Oboe
Michael Dee, Clarinet
Nanci Belmont, Bassoon    

Alison Nicotera, Bassoon
Laura Weiner, Horn

Elizabeth Dorman, Piano

This concert is generously presented by the Bizzarro Agency, and is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Lower Manhattan and beyond.

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The concert will last approximately two hours including intermission.


Join the principal wind players of the WHCO as they perform "Music of the Americas" featuring works by Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos, and more!

Free and open to all ages. 



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Divertissement, Op. 6                                                                    Albert Roussel (1869-1937)

Fine Partita for Wind Quintet                                                          Irving Gifford Fine (1914-1962)

Quinteto em forma de chôros                                                        Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887--1959)


Sextet for Piano and Wind Instruments                                          Bohuslav Martinu (1890--1959)

Liebertango                                                                                      Astor Piazzolla (1921--1992)

About the Artists

Praised as "Outstanding" by the New York Classical Review, bassoonist Nanci Belmont is a dynamic musician enjoying a diverse career as an orchestral and chamber musician, soloist, and teaching artist. Nanci is a member of the City of Tomorrow, a woodwind quintet dedicated to the performance of contemporary works. She has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble ACJW, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, and Decoda, and has enjoyed additional performances with the Charleston, Princeton, and Cape Cod Symphony Orchestras. As a soloist, Nanci recently won Second Prize in the 2016 Gillet-Fox Competition of the International Double Reed Society, and has performed as a concerto soloist in New York City with the Metro Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble mise-en. Following her passion for teaching, Nanci is an alum of Ensemble ACJW (now Ensemble Connect), a Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute, and currently works as a teaching artist through Carnegie Hall and the Bridge Arts Ensemble. Nanci serves on faculty at the Special Music School and the USDAN Camp for the Creative and Performing Arts.

Laura Weiner is a passionate chamber musician, orchestral performer, and teaching artist based in New York City. An alumnus of Carnegie Hall's Ensemble Connect, she has performed with diverse musical groups from Alarm Will Sound to Genghis Barbie. In addition to performing, Laura is enthusiastically devoted to education and community work; she is a teaching artist in public schools for the New York Philharmonic and teaches piano and music theory at Sing Sing Correctional Facility. 

Oboist Ellen Hindson earned her BM in oboe performance at the University of Minnesota, and moved to New York City to earn her Masters degree at the Mannes School of Music with Sherry Sylar, Associate Principal Oboe with the New York Philharmonic. Currently Principal Oboe with the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, Ellen has enjoyed performing with a wide range of ensembles in and around NYC including the Binghamton Philharmonic, The Experiential Orchestra, and the New York Festival Orchestra in venues ranging from Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall to Brooklyn lofts and warehouses with LoftOpera and Groupmuse. Ellen is currently on the faculty as an orchestra coach and oboe instructor at the Diller-Quaile School and the Bloomingdale School for Music, and is the co-founder of Trade Winds Quintet, an ensemble dedicated to music outreach. This June, Trade Winds Quintet will partner with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and RefugeeOne to provide free music workshops and interactive performances for refugee children living in the United States.

A versatile NYC freelance musician, bassoonist Allison Nicotera enjoys a busy career playing with professional ensembles and teaching aspiring young players. Allison received her Bachelor's degree in Bassoon Performance at the Hartt School of Music in her native state of Connecticut and her Master’s degree from The Juilliard School. When she's not practicing, making reeds, teaching lessons or rehearsing with one of the many ensembles she performs with, Allison enjoys walking her dog, Clara Schumann.

Las Vegas-born clarinetist, Michael Dee is a versatile soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician based in New York City. Since graduating from Manhattan School of Music’s Orchestral Performance Program in 2013, under the tutelage of Mark Nuccio, Michael has played with ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic, West Point Military Academy Band and Loft Opera and performed as a soloist in Merkin Concert Hall and the Ideal Glass Gallery. Michael has been the Principal Clarinetist of the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra for two consecutive seasons.

Pianist Elizabeth Dorman is a recent winner of the 2016 Father Merlet Award from Pro Musicis. A frequent recitalist and chamber musician, Elizabeth has recently performed with the San Francisco Symphony Chamber Players, the Santa Cruz Symphony Chamber Music, Napa Symphony Premiers, Sonoma Classical Music Society, has appeared at festivals including Aspen, Toronto, Sarasota, Banff, and her live performances have been broadcast on national public radio. A passionate educator, Elizabeth has held teaching positions at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College, and has been on faculty at summer festivals including Icicle Creek and Summer Music West.  Currently based in New York City, Elizabeth is a doctoral candidate under the guidance of Gilbert Kalish at Stony Brook University, where she also serves as Mr. Kalish's Head Teaching Assistant by managing and teaching the undergraduate piano program. 

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Finnish-American flutist Anna Urrey is a passionate musician who enjoys a wide variety of creative performance projects. She has performed in numerous orchestras, including the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, Symphony in C, the Mark Morris Dance Company, Novus NY and spent three summers in the Castleton Festival Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Lorin Maazel. Anna has shared her passion for music internationally, performing at concert halls and venues in Finland, Italy, Germany, France and Oman. A dedicated educator, Anna is a New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist and teaches flute at the Marymount School of New York. She holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (MM and Performance Certificate) and Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts (BM).