Performances & Projects
Performing is one of my biggest passions to share with an audience whether it be on modern flute, traverso, alto flute or piccolo! Below you will find details about current and past performances, as well as videos of past performances, You will also find information about my current projects: Women in Music, where I showcase incredible works by female composers, and the Amaranti Ensemble, an ensemble of period instruments that also only brings awareness to underappreciated composers and commissions new works for baroque flute and harpsichord.
Interested in collaborating on a future project, concert, or just want to learn more? Contact me here!
Women in Music
After studying the standard flute repertoire for years, I was exhausted and bored of always listening to the same pieces performed over and over at every recital and competition I attended. At the start of my doctoral studies, I made it my mission to research and make my performances more meaningful and relevant not only to the audience but to myself. For the past five years, I have studied and designed multiple programs based on works by women composers that are not recognized to this. With these projects, I aim to raise awareness and bring to life marvelous works of music by outstanding women that struggled to get their music heard during their lifetime.
OF WATER AND CLOUDS
The repertoire for this concert celebrates pieces composed women, featuring works by Melanie Bonis, Lili Boulanger, Claire Durand Racamato, Cecile Chaminade, Germaine Tailleferre and Elena Ruehr. The audience will explore and discuss some of the struggles these women had getting their music heard. The stories of the composers and the pieces will expose listeners to the music written by women. With this program, pianist, Ilana Joyce Cady and flutist, Maria Gabriela Alvarado want to bring to life to outstanding repertoire for flute and piano that combines French and American compositional styles by women composers. The program includes a variety of works for flute and piano, solo piano as well as alto flute and piccolo.
Originally from North Texas, Amaranti Ensemble is a period instrument chamber ensemble that brings chamber music to audiences across the United States. Amaranti refers to the amaranthus flower, which was fabled in Greek mythology and folklore as being never fading. The ensemble was recently awarded Second Place at the EMA Battle of the Bands, performed at the 2016 International Baroque Institute at Longy, and were featured in the Boston Early Music Festival in 2017 and 2019 as well as the “Works in Progress” series at the Harpsichord Clearing House. In March 2019, they were featured at the Darkwater Women in Music Festival, performing works by female composers across multiple centuries.
Our mission in music is to:
Create interesting programs that intersect between music and other humanities, making memorable performances for our audiences.
Feature works by composers often overlooked in classical performance.
Connect our audiences to the music through personalized lectures and intimate concert settings.
Cultivate meaningful relationships with composers and commission new pieces for the traverso and harpsichord.
BEYOND THE DRAWING ROOM
Amaranti’s program, Beyond the Drawing Room, explores the lives and works of women who succeeded in creating a musical career, despite societal limitations. The pieces featured were composed for the drawing room, a domestic sphere of performance, and were largely popular in their time. Composers such as Joseph Haydn and George Frideric Handel even knew these women, and subscribed to their music. With our harpsichord and flute, we invite our audience to a modern interpretation of an 18th-century drawing room, complete with beautiful and pleasing music.
For more information, please visit: www.amarantiensemble.com
Sonata in G Major by I. Pleyel: Rondeau
Flute Fantasie in D minor by Telemann
Dos Poemas by Pajaro del Agua
El Amolador, para flauta sola by Adina Izarra
Op. 1 No.4 Flute Sonata in D Major - Allegro Moderato by Anna Bon di Venezia
Sonatina for Alto Flute and Piano by Alexandra Harwood