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Innovative Quintet Windsync to Perform Jan. 26

Windsync members are (left to right) Tracy Jacobson, bassoon; Erin Tsai, oboe; Garrett Hudson, flute; Anni Hochhalter, French horn; and Jack Marquardt, clarinet.

SUMMIT, NJ - WindSync, a prize-winning quintet of woodwind virtuosos, will perform January 26 as part of the Afternoon Music series at The Unitarian Church in Summit.  The concert begins at 4 p.m.

Tracy Jacobson, bassoonist in the Houston-based ensemble, is a native of Berkeley Heights who graduated from Newark Academy and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Other members are Garrett Hudson, flute; Erin Tsai, oboe; Jack Marquardt, clarinet; and Anni Hochhalter, French horn. Jacobson, Hudson and Tsai met as students at Rice and later connected through musical circles with Hochhalter and Marquardt.

The group will perform the Poulenc Sextet with guest pianist Mitchell Vines as well as works by Respighi and David Maslanska. The audience is invited to meet the artists at a reception following the concert.           

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WindSync, whose name is a nod to the boy band ‘N Sync, often performs in unusual spaces, from museums to elementary schools to national parks.  The musicians, all in their 20's, play exclusively from memory, freeing them to move about, experiment with dance and devise imaginative yet informal staging.  For some works, they wear costumes or masks. In others, they switch instruments and may even add a snare drum to the melodic texture.

Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians”, WindSync won the Concert Artists Guild's Victor Elmaleh International Competition and the Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize in 2012. As a result, they were booked for their New York debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall last November.  They have a passion for educational enrichment and have presented educational programs with the Seattle Symphony, the Rockport (MA) Chamber Music Festival and the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington (KY).  The group’s latest initiative is The Play Different Project, a campaign against bullying, launched in spring 2013, which teaches tolerance and friendship through music and poetry. 

Afternoon Music will present its third and final concert of the 2013-2014 season on April 27, with violinist Eric Wyrick, concertmaster of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and pianist Mitchell Vines. Vines is artistic director of Afternoon Music and music director at The Unitarian Church in Summit.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors.  Students are welcome free.  The series is funded, in part, by grants from the Manley-Winser Foundation, the Summit Area Public Foundation, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Division of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.

For advance tickets, send a check made out to Afternoon Music to the church, at 4 Waldron Avenue, Summit, 07901.  Further information is available at 908 / 273-3245 or at

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