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Bronx Arts Ensemble + NY Phil in the Gardens

Apr 29

The Bronx Arts Ensemble Wind Quintet joins a quartet of New York Philharmonic string players to perform works inspired by nature and our environment. Enjoy pieces by composers who draw on their experience of travel and retreat in extraordinary places throughout create sonorities evoking the natural world. This concert is free and open to the public with grounds admission.

Robert Fanuzzi, President of the Bronx Council for Environmental Quality, leads the post-concert Q+A.

This concert is free and open to the public with grounds admission. Use promo code SPRING20 for 20% off All-Access tickets for Daffodil Weekend, which include this concert as well as a lineup of tours, demos, and other programs throughout the weekend.

Bronx Arts Ensemble + NY Phil in the Gardens


2:00 PM





New York Botanical Gardens

Additional Info
This event will not be streamed on the Hauser Digital Wall.


Dorothy Rudd Moore

Transcension – I Have Been to the Mountaintop, for Mixed Octet (World Premiere 1986 at the NYBG)

Laurel Zucker

Galapagos for Wind Quintet

Amy Beach

Pastorale for Wind Quintet

Laurel Zucker

Aurora Borealis for Wind Quartet


String Quartet in F major, American


  • Bronx Arts Ensemble Wind Quintet


    Theresa Norris, flute
    William Meredith, oboe
    Mitchell Kriegler, clarinet
    Wilden Dannenberg, French horn
    Atsuko Sato, bassoon

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  • Fiona Simon


    Violinist Fiona Simon, a member of the Orchestra since 1985, made her Philharmonic solo debut in November 1989, performing Vivaldi’s Concerto for Three Violins. Simon began her career in her native England, where she studied with Szymon Goldberg and won major prizes in the Carl Flesch and Jacques Thibaud competitions. For three consecutive years, she was London’s Young Artist of the Year. She has performed with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Royal Opera at Covent Garden, and the English Chamber Orchestra, among others. She has also been featured in many recitals and concerts broadcast over the BBC, and has made numerous appearances throughout Europe. Simon is a member of the Vanderspar String Trio and the Simon String Quartet. She was married to the late New York Philharmonic violinist Richard Simon, and has a son, Michael Paul, a poet.

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  • Sharon Yamada


    Sharon Yamada, a member of the New York Philharmonic since 1988, has performed extensively on both the East and West Coasts. She performs regularly with the New York Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Hall, and has appeared with the New Jersey Chamber Music Society. Yamada has performed frequently in the summer at the Grand Teton Music Festival. Other summer activities have included the Aspen, Norfolk, and Chigiana (Siena, Italy) music festivals. Formerly assistant concertmaster of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Yamada has also appeared in concert with Orchestra New England and the Wallingford Symphony. She is a former member of the Hofstra String Quartet, which was in residence at Hofstra University.

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  • Robert Rinehart


    Robert Rinehart, who joined the New York Philharmonic’s viola section in 1992, is a familiar figure on the New York chamber-music scene. He has appeared at the Spoleto, Vancouver Chamber Music, and Santa Fe Chamber Music festivals, and with Chamber Music Northwest and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A founding member of the Ridge String Quartet, Rinehart has performed in every major music center in the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia, Japan, and in Europe. He has collaborated with Benny Goodman, Rudolf Firkusny, and the Guarneri String Quartet, among others, and his chamber music recordings have received a Grammy Award, two Grammy nominations, and the Diapason d’Or.

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  • Alexei Yupanqui Gonzales


    Alexei Yupanqui Gonzales was appointed to the cello section of the New York Philharmonic in November 2012. He has served as the principal cellist of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and the Boston Lyric Opera. He has also been a member of the Boston Ballet Orchestra and has performed with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, Emmanuel Music under the late Craig Smith, and the Bach Ensemble with harpsichordist John Gibbons.

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