Oct. 30, 11:30-12:30 a.m., Arizona Senior Academy Great Room

Liz Soflin

Among musicians, percussionists are masters of multiple instruments, any of which may be played by a single player throughout the course of a given piece of music. Many memorable passages in orchestral works are punctuated by a cymbal crash, the pounding of a bass drum, the tinkling of a triangle, or rhythmic melodies played on a xylophone.

As listeners, we may take for granted the background role of percussionists in large scale musical works. But we can also be surprised and delighted by smaller pieces written expressly for the solo percussionist. And that is what is in store at the Arizona Senior Academy when percussionist Elizabeth Soflin appears on Tuesday October 30thin an 11:30 a.m. concert titled, “Perfectly Portable Percussion.”

Her program will feature a variety of short pieces with fanciful titles such as “A Minute of News,” “Big Bad Brad,” “Drum Corps on Parade,” and “Mourning Dove Sonnet.” Soflin has promised to bring with her instruments of various shapes and sizes, none bigger than a vibraphone, so that they can all be transported in a single mini-van.

Soflin received her doctoral degree from the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music and has since maintained an active performing and teaching schedule. As an avid performer of contemporary works for percussion, she often collaborates with composers through premieres and commissions.  A commission for saxophone/percussion duo by composer Matthew Burtner was recorded recently in Philadelphia with Four/Ten Media by the Weiss/Soflin Duo. The duo is scheduled to take part in the upcoming Oh My Ears Festival in Phoenix realizing new composer scores.

Dr. Soflin serves as the assistant band director/percussion specialist for Pusch Ridge Christian Academy, and provides percussion lessons for the Tucson Symphony Women’s Association.

Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer

Oct 30: Perfectly Portable Percussion