Huntington, Ind.— On February 16, 1999 at 8:00 p.m., George Wolfe, saxophonist of The New Millennium Ensemble, will present a public concert in the Longaker Recital Hall of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. Dr. Wolfe is a clinician for Bamber mouthpieces and Yamaha Musical Products. He is presently Associate Professor Music at Ball State University and is the author of Preparatory Method for Saxophone. Tickets are $5 for all seats and are available from the Merillat Centre Box Office. The Box Office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (260) 359-4261.
Dr. Wolfe has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Costa Rica, Canada, Korea and Japan. Recently, he was an adjudicator at the national saxophone competition held in Gainesville, Florida and in March of 1997, was featured in a cover story interview in the Saxophone Journal.
Wolfe’s teacher, Eugene Rousseau, describes him as "an artist of exceptional ability and great sensitivity." Critics have praised his playing as "brilliant," and "moving." As a soloist, he has appeared with the United States Navy Band, the Navy Band Brass Quintet, the Saskatoon Symphony, the Con Spirito Woodwind Quintet of Pittsburgh, the World Band at Disney World, on Los Angeles National Public Radio Station KPFK, and at the International Conference on World Affairs in Boulder, Colorado. He has presented master classes at Interlochen National Music Camp, the Paris Conservatory, at the Cergy-Pontoise Conservatory in France, and at universities across the United States. He also has served as an artist in residence at Arizona State University, in Canada at the University of Saskatchewan, in Austria at Klagenfurt Conservatory, and at the University of Costa Rica in San Jose.
Dr. Wolfe's recording, Recital Music for Saxophone, won praises from Steven Ellis of Fanfare Magazine. His compact disk of new are jazz entitled Mystic Dances (Soundwind 1120) has been described by David Baker as "...a delightful CD" with "playing of the highest order." His interests have extended beyond Western music traditions into the study of North Indian music as a new medium for the soprano saxophone. In 1991, he was awarded an open fellowship from the Lilly Endowment Inc. to study Hindustani music with tabla master Diam Ali Qadri in New Delhi, India and at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California. Recently, Ball State University awarded Dr. Wolfe it Outstanding Creative Endeavors award.
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