Altura Winds is a virtuoso woodwind trio based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This vibrant new trio performs an entertaining variety of music for a wide range of occasions. Its members are professional musicians with active performance schedules throughout Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
Ohio native Danielle Frabutt has made Albuquerque her home for the last 4 years where she frequently performs as a freelance flutist and has a successful private teaching studio. Danielle freelances with the New Mexico Philharmonic, and the Santa Fe Symphony. She has also performed nationally and internationally with various ensembles including the Festivale Della Culture’s Festival Orchestra in Bergamo, Italy, as well as the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. During her three tours with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra she performed as a Piccolo and Alto Flute soloist and can be heard playing piccolo, flute, alto flute, and bass flute on 2 CDs released in 2007: Music of the Americas and Reflections. Danielle also plays with the Austin based chamber trio Brier Hill Revisited. Danielle obtained her degrees from Youngstown State University (BM) in Youngstown, Ohio and the University of New Mexico (MM) in Albuquerque, NM.
Melissa Sassaman is an active freelance oboist in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe. She plays with Opera Southwest, the New Mexico Philharmonic, and the Santa Fe Symphony . She is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Arizona State University. During her time in Arizona, Melissa was a freelance musician with the Phoenix Symphony and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Melissa received her Master of Music degree from the University of New Mexico, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College. Sharing her love of music with others, Melissa enjoys teaching as well as performing. She recently performed a guest recital and taught a series of master classes at the University of Montana in Missoula. In 2010, she was the Oboe Coach for the Kammermusik Workshops in Santa Fe, NM.
Stefanie Przybylska played principal bassoon with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra from 1998 to 2011, has played with the Santa Fe Symphony since 2004, and has appeared as a featured soloist with both ensembles. She is currently the principal bassoonist of the New Mexico Philharmonic. A graduate of the Juilliard School and Northwestern University, Stefanie freelanced in New York and in Chicago. She has had an avid interest in performing chamber music and as an undergraduate was selected to participate at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. Local appearances include performances with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Placitas Artists Series and Serenata of Santa Fe. Stefanie is an active bassoon teacher and a coach for the Albuquerque Youth Symphony program and helped establish the Bosque Bassoon Band, a group of local bassoonists which performs chamber music for multiple bassoons in educational and informal settings. Stefanie is finishing up her doctorate at Texas Tech in Lubbock.
Carrizozo Music is able to offer this free concert series thanks to the generosity of Otero Electric Round up Grants, Zia Natural Gas Company, Tularosa Basin Telephone Company, Western States Arts Foundation, Ty and Dena Turner, Rainbow Inn, Sacred Grounds Coffee and Tea House, Carrizozo Woman's Club, Trinity United Methodist Church, Carrizozo Lodgers Tax and Lincoln County Lodgers Tax. Their commitment to enhancing the quality of entertainment and education in Carrizozo and the surrounding area is critical to our continuing Classical Series, Summer Pops and School Outreach.
To reach the church, turn west onto Airport Road from Route 54 at the Carrizozo Chamber Caboose. On Airport Road (8th Ave) go to the stop sign and turn left onto E Avenue, then take the first right to D Avenue and 10th. The church is on the southwest corner of D Ave and 10th.
The next concert in the Carrizozo Music Summer Pops Series is on Thursday, August 21 at 7PM. Shepherd Moon, a group consisting of vocals, flute, sax and cello will play original, jazzy music with a hint of Celt, at both a school outreach concert and an evening community concert. Coming in the Fall will be Zuill Bailey, cellist and Lara Downes on piano playing American composers of the 20's, 30's and 40's, and La Catrina Quartet, featuring Latin and standard string quartets.
For more information about any of the concerts, please check www.carrizozomusic.org or call Elaine Brannen at 575-648-2757. Carrizozo Music sponsors a series of classical, summer pops and school outreach concerts with a commitment to providing free quality music to the residents of Lincoln County. Whenever possible these concerts are made available to students of the Carrizozo School System and residents of New Horizon Development Center.