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Join us for our annual Sundays in the Garden Fall Concert Series featuring the Marimba and Vibraphone music of Elizabeth Soflin & Friends. The concert is free with admission and free for members as one of the many amazing membership benefits.

Be sure to visit the cash bar for beer and wine, prickly pear lemonade, and our famous prickly pear margaritas. Treat yourself to a wonderful afternoon outdoors, sipping wine, and listening to live music. Seating is limited, so please arrive early. The concert series is brought you in part by the Tucson Guitar Society.

 

 

Dr. Elizabeth Soflin’s past performances include appearances as a soloist and ensemble member at venues around the United States, Mexico, Canada, China, and Europe.  She is an avid performer of contemporary solo and chamber works for percussion and often collaborates with composers through premieres and commissions.  In addition to performing and presenting masterclasses as a soloist, she often appears in concert alongside saxophonist Michael Weiss as half of the Weiss/Soflin Duo.  She currently serves the percussion community in the state of Arizona as the Percussive Arts Society Arizona chapter president.

Elizabeth is also an active educator, serving as assistant band director/percussion specialist at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy.  Her PRCA students regularly participate in performances, clinics, and workshops around the state of Arizona and have also participated in the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis under her direction.  She also maintains a small private teaching studio and serves as a percussion teacher for the Tucson Symphony Women’s Association.  She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona and holds music performance degrees from the University of Tennessee and Central Michigan University.  Elizabeth Soflin is a proud artist endorser of Black Swamp Percussion and Mike Balter Mallets.

 

 

Dr. Matthew Timman is a percussionist currently based out of Tucson, Arizona.  He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in percussion performance with a minor in Ethnomusicology from the The University of Arizona. Previous to relocation to Arizona, Dr. Timman received Masters and Bachelors degrees in percussion performance from Bowling Green State University and The University of Toledo, respectively.

As an orchestral musician, Dr. Timman currently serves as Principal Percussionist with the North State Symphony (Chico/Redding, CA), Section Percussionist with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra (Flagstaff, AZ) and Section Percussionist with the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra (Sierra Vista, AZ). Additionally, Dr. Timman serves as substitute percussionist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (Tucson, AZ), Arizona Opera Orchestra (Phoenix, AZ), Stockton Symphony (Stockton, CA) and Rogue Valley Symphony (Ashland, OR).  An active advocate of contemporary music, Dr. Timman has had the opportunity to work with numerous key composers and performers during the course of his career.  Dr. Timman is a proud artist endorser of Artifact Percussion and DREAM Cymbals and Gongs.

 

 

Alex Fleming is a junior at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy, where he participates in all available music performance opportunities: wind ensemble, percussion ensemble, advanced choral ensemble, men’s choir, jazz band, marching band, and indoor drumline.  As part of the percussion program at PRCA, Alex has experience playing all orchestral percussion instruments, but he specializes in marimba, taking private lessons with Dr. Elizabeth Soflin.  Performing on this instrument, he has received high ratings at the ABODA Solo and Ensemble Festival as a soloist and chamber musician, earning college scholarship funds and qualifying to audition for the state festival as a soloist as a freshman in high school.

 

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