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Oct. 19, 2007

Guest artists will be featured in 'Contemporary Improvisation Concert' Nov. 4

Two guests of the University of Iowa School of Music -- George Wolfe on saxophone and Eric Edberg on cello -- will present a "Contemporary Improvisation Concert" at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

Wolfe and Edberg are unusual in that they have classical training and perform standard concert repertoire on the instruments, but also play contemporary, non-jazz improvisations.

They will share the program, but they may or may not play together. Because their music is made up on the spot, they will not decide the exact program until the last minute.

Among the works they have listed as potential parts of the concert are "Solar Dreams" and "Three Universes," two works for solo instrumentalist, narrator and algorithmically generated electronic sounds by Jody Nagel. Other works could include Wolf's "Improvisatory Duet No. 1" and "Sometimes a Waltz" by Carlton Macy.

Wolfe teaches saxophone at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. He has performed extensively throughout the United States and in Europe, Cyprus, Costa Rica, Canada, India, Korea and Japan. He has appeared as a soloist with the United States Navy Band, the Saskatoon Symphony, the World Band at Disney World, the Chautauqua Motet Choir and the Indianapolis Children's Choir, and he was recently featured on a compact disk as a soloist with the Royale Band of the Belgian Air force. A student of UI Distinguished Alumnus Eugene Rousseau, Wolfe holds a performance certificate from Indiana University.

For more information see his faculty Web page at Ball State University,,4155---search,00.html

Trained as classical cellist at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Juilliard School, State University of New York at Stony Brook,, and Florida State University, Edberg has served as principal cellist of the Annapolis (Md.) and Terre Haute (Ind.) Symphonies. He has appeared as concerto soloist with numerous orchestras and given numerous solo recitals and chamber music concerts. A faculty member of DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., he is a member of the DePauw Chamber Players and the Indianapolis-based Canale String Quartet.

For more information see his faculty Web page at DePauw University

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at

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