The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 2, 2013

Jazz duo on tap at Elias

— MIFFLINBURG — The Elias Center for the Performing Arts will present two jazz musicians in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2  — Rolf Sturm on guitar and Rob Henke on horns.

This duo is from NYC but with a Lewisburg connection.

Tickets are $10 at the door or in advance at

Sturm grew up in Lewisburg and has returned on a regular basis to perform in the town’s Music in the Park during summer. His guitar playing has earned him praise from Joe Pass, Bill Frisell and others. He has performed and/or appeared with Loudon Wainwright, Eddy Arnold, Bob Mitzer, Maggie Roche and members of the Grateful Dead.

Sturm has toured North America and Europe, performing at the World Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany. In addition, he has appeared at Lincoln Center and Town Hall in NYC, at Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and at dozens of festivals including the JVC, Syracuse and Toronto Jazz Festivals, the Boston Folk Festival, Ripplefest and Music on the Mountain Festival.

Henke has been playing trumpet professionally in NYC since 1988. He has worked with a variety of artists and ensembles including Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band, Gary Lucas, Ray Baretto, The Walter Thompson Orchestra and Joe Gallant’s Illuminati. Henke serves as musical director for the Spirit of Life Ensemble, which performs and presents Master Classes in the U.S. and tours extensively throughout Europe.

Both musicians have recorded several solo albums and have worked individually on dozens of other recordings and soundtracks. Both are also co-leaders of the jazz trio Tricycle and members of the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble.

Their concert at the Elias Center will consist of two parts. They will open with a jazz set consisting of both traditional and original songs. The second part of the evening will be a multi-media showcase of music from their “America 1860-1865” — words, images and melodies from the Civil War era. This will be the first presentation of their America series. It will combine period photos, melodies and tunes written and popular during this period as well as excerpts  from speeches and letters. 

The Elias Center for the Performing Arts is located at 212-214 S. 5th St., Mifflinburg.