9/18 Ambrosia Trio
The Ambrosia Trio
Alexandra Aguirre, Nathaniel Berman, and Brielle Frost
|Sonata in D Major for three flutes||Johann Joachim Quantz|
|The Spirit of the Ink, Op. 230||Alan Hovhaness|
|I. Apparition of the Eternal One 1911-2000|
|II. Sunrise Birds|
|III. Salutation of Dawn|
|IV. Tree of Birds|
|V. Apparition of a Celestial City|
|VI. Strange Birds|
|VII. Angelic Salutation|
|VIII. Birds in a Magic Forest|
|IX. Birds Amid Celestial Towers|
|Trio for three flutes, Op. 59||Alexander Tcherepnin|
|Trio No. 1, Op. 13||Friedrich Kuhlau|
|I. Adagio, Allegro|
|II. Andante quasi Adagio|
|Trio con brio||Krzysztof Zgraja|
Flutist and piccoloist Alexandra Aguirre is an active soloist and chamber musician. She performs regularly with the Madera Winds Duo, the Ambrosia Flute Trio, and the Bealine Trio. She has performed with the Las Cruces Symphony and St. Paul's United Methodist Orchestra, and was a soloist with the New York University Symphony Orchestra, directed by Gunther Schuller. She also won the National Flute Association's Jazz Flute Big Band Competition, performing in Charlotte, North Carolina alongside jazz flutists Ali Ryerson and Holly Hoffman. As a member of Madera Winds, a woodwind duo, she won the 2008 The Great Southwest Flute Fest's Chamber Music Competition and was featured on the Gala Concert held at the University of Arizona. The duo co-commissioned and premiered a double concerto for flute and alto saxophone with the Mesilla Valley Concert Band, have performed at the North American Saxophone Alliance National and Regional conferences in South Carolina, New Mexico, Georgia and Nevada, the International Saxophone Symposium, Washington D.C., and at the National Flute Association in New Mexico and Anaheim.
She is also a dedicated educator and presented a masterclass demonstrating new practice techniques using the Nintendo Wii at the National Flute Association Convention in New York City. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Arts with an emphasis in chamber music from the University of Northern Colorado. She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in flute performance from New York University.
Nathaniel Berman holds a Master of Arts in music performance with a specialization in chamber music from New York University and a Bachelor of Music from Michigan State University in woodwinds.
Along with the Ambrosia Flute Trio, he performs with Madera Winds, which won the Great Southwest Flute Fest chamber music competition in 2008, and has engaged in numerous commissioning projects.
He has performed at National Flute Association Conventions, the North American Saxophone Alliance National and Regional Conferences, and at the International Saxophone Symposium. He has also been a guest artist on contra-bass saxophone at Northwestern University and was a featured soloist at the Lake Placid Flute Seminar. He was selected as the winner of the NYU Concerto Competition in 2005, garnering him the opportunity to solo with the NYU Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Fletcher. He has participated in the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the NYU Wind Ensemble, the NYU Symphony and Community Orchestras, the Manhattan School of Music Saxophone Quartet and Wind Ensemble, and many musical theater productions including Off-Off Broadway, the Steinhardt School at NYU, the Fashion Institute of Technology, various community theaters, and with national touring companies.
Teachers have included Dr. James Hall, Lauren Jacobson, Dr. Andrew Dahlke, Bil Jackson, Robert Dick, Dr. Paul Cohen, Richard Sherman, Frank Ell, Joseph Lulloff, Ron Blake, Andrew Speight, and Dr. Leroy Borchert.
Currently working on her Doctorate in flute performance at the University of Northern Colorado, Brielle Frost has held the graduate flute assistantship position from 2010 to 2012. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master of Music degree and Artist Certificate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her teachers have included Angeleita Floyd, Torleif Ander, Mary Posses, and James Hall.
An active musician and teacher, Brielle has performed throughout the United States, Italy, and Costa Rica. She has performed at festivals and conventions such as the Puccini Festival, MahlerFest, the Atlantic Music Festival, the Aquila Summer Concert Series, the Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting of the American Musicological Society, and the National Flute Association Convention. Currently principal flutist of the University of Northern Colorado Orchestra, Brielle has performed as a substitute flutist/piccoloist with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra and the Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra. In 2011 she taught at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and performed with the Blue Lake Faculty Orchestra. Brielle has performed in masterclasses with William Bennett, Carol Wincenc, Brook Schoenwald, Nicole Esposito, Claudia Anderson, Jill Felber, Michael Gordon, Stephanie Jutt, Nestor Herszbaum, and the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet.