The unusual combination of percussion and saxophone will again grace the stage of the Arizona Senior Academy’s Great Room at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday (July 19). The delightful Weiss/Soflin Duo will present a varied program for their third appearance at ASA.
Versatility is their hallmark. Elizabeth Soflin’s past performances have included appearances as a soloist and ensemble member at venues around the United States, Canada, China, and Europe. An avid performer of contemporary solo and chamber works for percussion, her recent collaborations with composers have included an adaptation of Christopher Adlerâs’ I Want to Believe, the premiere of Matthew Burtner’s Six EcoAcoustic Extensions, and private study with Stuart Saunders Smith.
Before beginning Doctor of Musical Arts studies at the University of Arizona, Soflin earned a master’s degree in percussion from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a bachelor’s degree in percussion performance from Central Michigan University. In 2015 she appeared in solo recital at the Tucson Museum of Art as part of the museum’s START program for young professionals in the arts, and as a solo guest artist at Northern Arizona University. She is currently the assistant band director/percussion specialist at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy in Oro Valley and works as a freelance musician in the Tucson area.
Michael Weiss is a saxophonist originally from Chicago, now working out of Tucson. He is versed on the alto, tenor, baritone and soprano saxophones—as well as flute and clarinet—in the jazz, classical, salsa and rock idioms.
Classical saxophone has always been the backbone of Weiss’s studies. While becoming familiar with the standard solo repertoire, he has also had the opportunity to premiere ensemble pieces like David Maslanka’s 9th Symphony and to perform with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Weiss holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Arizona, where he studied with Kelland Thomas.
Written by Janet Kerans, Academy Village Volunteer