On Tuesday (July 15), virtuoso flutist Mindi Acosta comes to the Academy to offer a varied program. The concert begins at 11:30 a.m.
In addition to Acosta’s solo performances, bassoonist Juan José Arévalo will collaborate with her in Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6” and as a contrabassoonist in Bertoni’s “Dialogue Between the Bear and the Nightingale,” for which Acosta will switch to piccolo.
A Tucson native, Acosta served as principle flute with the former Tucson Chamber Orchestra and was a member of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra. At the University of Arizona, she studied flute performance with Jean-Louis Kashy. She has performed and given master classes throughout the U.S., Mexico and Europe, including the 2001 WASBE festival in Lucerne Switzerland.
Acosta has served on the board of the Tucson Flute Club as Vice President and as Publicity Chair and has worked as the librarian for the National Flute Association. She has performed and competed with several chamber groups and was a two-time finalist in the prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.
She gave the world premiere of David Finko’s Concerto for Piccolo in 2007 with the Tucson Chamber Orchestra and currently performs with the Tucson Repertory Orchestra and Duo con Brio, a flute and guitar duo. She is the flute teacher for the Tucson Symphony Women’s Association and maintains a private studio in Tucson where she lives with her daughter.
Arévalo, a native of Donna, Texas, began studying the bassoon at age 14 with Ron Dunmore as primary instructor, on occasion with Martin Garcia, and UA School of Music alumna Gretchen Hausfeld. During this time, he was selected to the Texas All-State Band and Orchestra. His initial collegiate studies began at Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
At the University of Arizona, he is presently Principal Bassoonist with the UA Philharmonic Orchestra, and 3rd/contrabassoonist with the UA Wind Ensemble. He continues to mentor undergraduate students through the Arizona Assurance Mentor Program. Arévalo is also a member of the Tucson Repertory Orchestra and most recently made his international debut with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Sonora.
Submitted by Fritz Reinagel, Academy Village Volunteer