Winds of the WHCO

3:00 pm, March 17, 2018

Anna Urrey, Flute
Ellen Hindson, Oboe
John Hong, Clarinet
Pierre Lidar, Bassoon
Jamie Sanborn, Horn
Michael Smith, Piano

Join us for an afternoon featuring the principal winds of the WHCO and friends! The program showcases an eclectic mix of contemporary music paired with Poulenc's incredible Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet, Op. 100. Free! Young Listeners welcome. 

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Valerie Coleman: Tzigane

Amy Beach: Pastorale for Woodwind Quintet, Op. 151

Kenji Bunch: Changes of Phase

Brandon Scott Rumsey: Emblems

Francis Poulenc: Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet, Op. 100

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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About the Artists

Anna Urrey, Flute

An avid solo and chamber music artist, Finnish-American flutist Anna Urrey has performed with the New Jersey Symphony, the American Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony in C, among others. Internationally, Ms. Urrey has collaborated with Philippe Entremont at Les Concerts du Cloître in Nice, France, was an Artist-In-Residence at the Banff Music Center in Alberta, Canada, and performed in Muscat, Oman, with the Castleton Festival Orchestra under the direction of Lorin Maazel. A dedicated pedagogue, Ms. Urrey is a New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist Apprentice and an adjunct flute teacher at the City College of New York. She also serves on the faculty for the Harmony Program at P.S. 129 and maintains a private studio in New York City. Ms. Urrey earned her M.M. and Performance Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music and B.M. from Rutgers University, where she received the Burian Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance. Her principal teachers include Robert Langevin, Michael Parloff, Bart Feller, and Kaoru Hinata.

Ellen Hindson, Oboe

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Ellen Hindson is a freelance oboist and teacher in New York City. Currently Principal Oboe with the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, Ellen enjoys performing with a wide range of ensembles in and around New York including the New York Festival Orchestra, the Binghamton Philharmonic, and the New York Concerti Sinfonietta. She has performed in venues ranging from Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall to Brooklyn's National Sawdust for immersive concerts with The Experiential Orchestra, Contemporaneous, and Groupmuse. Ms Hindson is a founding member of Trade Winds Ensemble; she won the Peter M. Gross prize for her work performing and teaching with this ensemble, which has included two residencies in East Africa as well as a guest recital and masterclasses at Wright State University. In 2017, Trade Winds Ensemble partnered with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago to offer free music workshops to refugee children from Syria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Passionate about teaching, Ellen is currently on the faculty as an orchestra coach and oboe instructor at the Diller-Quaile School and Bloomingdale School of Music, and maintains a private oboe studio in New York City. Originally from Wisconsin, Ellen received her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Minnesota, and moved to New York to earn her Masters degree at the Mannes School of Music with Sherry Sylar, Associate Principal Oboe with the New York Philharmonic.

John Hong, Clarinet

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Hailed by The Chicago Tribune for his “particularly deft solo playing” and The New York Times for executing his performances “with aplomb”, John Hong is a clarinetist with a resume that includes multiple international performances. Most recently, he has performed with the Mostly Mozart festival, the American Ballet Theater, and can be heard in taxi cabs and Lincoln Center in NYC Ballet’s promotional videos, featuring music by Aaron Severini.  A recent Master’s graduate of The Juilliard School, Mr. Hong’s first New York performance was as an artist for 2014’s An Evening Honoring Stella McCartney at Alice Tully Hall. A sought after musician, Mr. Hong has performed with the American Ballet Theatre, MostlyMozart Festival, MidAtlantic Opera Orchestra, Juilliard’s Axiom and New Juilliard Ensemble, the Juilliard Dance Division’s Choreography and Composition series, and The Juilliard Orchestra in numerous venues, including Peter Jay Sharp Theater, David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall. He has been privileged to premiere numerous works of Juilliard composers, including those of Emilia Tamburri, Hilary Purrington, Will Stackpole, Nicky Sohn, and Joshua Cerdenia. In his mission to make the arts accessible to the 99%, Mr. Hong was a proud Morse and Gluck Fellow through The Juilliard School, infusing the values and enrichment of music through lectures and performances in numerous grade schools, hospitals, and psychiatric wards throughout New York City. As an arts advocate, Mr. Hong writes on many topics of interest on his personal blog, including his thoughts on the reformation of classical music and navigating the 21st century as a musician. Since its conception in 2015, the blog has gained significant popularity; enjoying a feature on The Juilliard Journal and garnering attention from The Washington Post. His blog can be found on his website,, where he inches closer to his mission of one day writing a New York Times bestseller.

Pierre Lidar, Bassoon

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Pierre Lidar is the founder and Artistic Director of Metamorphosis Production in New York, a multicultural platform dedicated in promoting music and visual arts through concerts and innovative collaborations between the United States and Europe.  Pursuing an active freelance career in New York, Mr. Lidar performs with the Chamber Orchestra of New York, The phantom of the Opera, Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, Brooklyn Metro Chamber Orchestra, Camerata New York and many other local ensembles. After his studies at the Conservatoire in Paris in Laurent Lefevre's studio, he served as a bassoonist with the French National Guard Orchestra in Paris from 2008 to 2011. Pierre performed with renowned orchestras such as the London Royal Philharmonic, Capitole de Toulouse, “Pas de Loup “Orchestra, Toulouse Chamber Orchestra and many ensembles in Paris. With the support of the Zygmunt Zaleski Foundation, he moved to New York in 2011 in order to study with Frank Morelli at the Manhattan School of Music the as a DMA student at Stony Brook University where he developed a passion for chamber music and organized numerous concerts promoting chamber music for wind instruments.

Jamie Sanborn, Horn


Jamie Sanborn is a new horn player to the New York scene moving here in January of 2018 to join the Orchestra NOW based out of Bard University. Previously located in Texas Ms. Sanborn acquired her Masters Degree in Horn Performance from UT Austin in 2015 and then continued her horn studies in Houston under the tutelage of the principal horn of the Houston Symphony and horn professor at Rice University, William VerMeulen. Originally from Wichita, KS she received her Bachelors in Music Performance from the University of Kansas and was a member of the Topeka Symphony during her studies. She has been teaching privately for five years to students whose ages have ranged from 11-32. She has also appeared with several summer festival orchestras around the U.S, Germany, and Canada including Aspen, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Roundtop, Sarasota, Eutiner Festpiele, and Colorado College. A firm believer in the power of music education Ms. Sanborn is a member of the Trade Winds Ensemble whose mission is to explore music as a tool for social change and to help children and young adults find their individual voices and confidence through the arts. They have given several workshops, master classes, lectures, and performances at schools, universities, and orphanages abroad in Kenya and Tanzania as well as in Chicago and Dayton, OH. Their next project will be this upcoming summer in Haiti in collaboration with the organization BLUME Haiti (Building Leaders Using Music Education).

Michael Smith, Piano

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Michael, a native of Davis, CA, enjoys performing as a soloist as well as collaborating with a wide range of artists within many different musical communities. He is a former fellow at Ensemble Connect, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. The fellowship brings together many facets that Michael is passionate about: performing, teaching, outreach, and developing unique roles as a creator and presenter. Deeply committed to the art of chamber music, Michael has performed throughout New York, the United States, and Europe in a variety of venues, including Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Steinway Hall, Bernard Haitink Hall, Subculture, Merkin Hall, Seiji Ozawa Hall, National Sawdust, and the Mondavi Center. He has appeared at festivals including Music@Menlo, Tanglewood, and Norfolk. His performances have also been featured on WQXR and Wisconsin Public Radio. Also a proponent of New Music, he has premiered works by major American composers such as Meredith Monk and Stacy Garrup, and worked with other major composers like Kaija Saariaho, Marc Neikurg, Steven Mackey, and Martin Bresnick. His most recent partnerships include collaborating with composers Gitz Razaz, Timo Andres, Jeremy Flowers, and the Mark Morris Dance Group. Michael is currently finishing a Doctorate degree at Stony Brook University under Gilbert Kalish, where he served on the Pre-College music theory faculty and managed the undergraduate piano program, teaching chamber music and solo piano majors as Head Piano Teaching Assistant.


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Concert Location:

Fort Washington Collegiate Church
729 West 181st Street
New York, NY, 10033


The concert will last approximately 1.5 hours including intermission. 

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