Recital series returns to Sam Houston State

Submitted. Garrett Hudson, Kara LaMoure, Julian Hernandez, Anni Hochhalter and Emily Tsai comprise the WindSync Wind Quintet, who are scheduled to perform at the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall on the campus of Sam Houston State University on Monday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m. in a free performance. 

The Sam Houston State University “Guest Artist Recital” series is returning to campus, with renowned musicians slated to perform Monday evening. 

WindSync, a group of five wind instrument musicians, features Garrett Hudson on flute, Emily Tsai on oboe, Julian Hernandez on clarinet, Kara LaMoure on the bassoon and Anni Hochhalter on the horn. The distinguished quintet is based in Houston and tours the nation.

“This group takes a unique approach to the traditional woodwind quintet, both in the literature they perform and the audience engagement aspect,” said Nathan J. Koch, associate professor of bassoon at SHSU. “Their musicality and technical prowess is at an incredibly high level and is truly inspiring to watch.”

WindSync has performed at prestigious venues including the Met Museum, Schubert Club, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. In 2015, the group was invited by the Library of Congress to perform the world premiere of Paul Lansky's "The Long and the Short of it.”

“The program will consist of works by Ginastera, Maslanka, Reicha and Dvorak,” Koch added. The pieces by Ginastera and Dvorak are both arrangements, while the Maslanka and Reicha are originally for instrumentation.”

The group performs educational musical performances across the nation that reaches over 10,000 students a year.

“WindSync takes a special interest in reaching children, families and underserved audiences,” Koch said. “Part of the burgeoning creative placemaking movement, the ensemble has recently focused on performance in public spaces in Houston.”

Following their performance at SHSU, the group is scheduled to perform in various cities including Chicago, Tulsa, Okla, Baton Rouge, LA and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

WindSync Wind Quintet will perform at the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center, recital hall, located at 815 17th St. on the campus of Sam Houston State University on Monday at 7:30 p.m. The show is free and open to the public.

“The program intentionally covers a wide range of periods and styles of music so that each person in the audience will find something to their liking,” Koch said.