Ursinus College will offer two performances featuring saxophone: George Wolfe and James Helton on Sept. 12 and the Junction Saxophone Quartet on Sept. 15. Both events, which are free and open to the public, will be held in Bomberger Auditorium.
On Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m., saxophonist George Wolfe and pianist James Helton will present a recital of saxophone and piano music inspired by world cultures.
George Wolfe, a professor of saxophone at Ball State University, has appeared as a soloist with such ensembles as the United States Navy Band, the Saskatoon Symphony, the World Band at Disney World, the Chautauqua Motet Choir, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. He has presented master classes at the Paris Conservatory, Indiana University, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and he has taught as an artist-in-residence at Arizona State University, Klagenfurt Conservatory (Austria), the University of Saskatchewan (Canada), and at the University of San Jose in Costa Rica. From 2002-06, he served as Director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Ball State University. He frequently lectures on arts and social injustice.
James Helton, associate professor of piano at Ball State University, has been heard in many states throughout the U.S. as recitalist, collaborator, and orchestra soloist. He has worked with Pulitzer Prize-winning composers George Crumb, William Bolcom, Lucas Foss and Joseph Schwantner in concerts broadcast over public radio and television. For New World Records, Helton collaborated with the Blair Woodwind Quintet on works by composer Michael Kurek. He has served on the faculties of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. He is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and its state and local affiliates, and currently serves on the Indiana state board as chairperson of MTNA Collegiate Performance Competitions and as chairperson of MTNA first state Committee on Collaborative Arts.
On Sept. 15 at 4 p.m., the Junction Saxophone Quartet, a new, Pennsylvania-based chamber ensemble comprised of Todd Goranson, Amanda Heim, Holly Hubbs, and Samuel Lorber, will perform new repertoire and standard works for saxophone quartet. All active solo and chamber musicians and college-level instructors (Hubbs is an associate professor of music at Ursinus), they joined together in early 2013.