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November 02, 2015

Nolfi Performs at the Lincoln Center

Performing at the Lincoln Center in New York City would be any musician’s dream. West Virginia Wesleyan College junior Christopher Nolfi of Moon Township, PA, fulfilled that dream when he earned lead trumpet to perform with the World Civic Orchestra under the direction of Vincent Koh, conductor.

Nolfi, a music performance major, attended Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Midland, PA. He is a member of Wesleyan’s Marching Band, Big Bands I & II, and a member of all ensembles. He plays under the direction of James Moore, director of bands at Wesleyan, and Logan Lindsey, marching band and ensemble director.

When Nolfi was young, he would listen to Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington with his father. He loved the sound of the trumpet, and he became hooked.

One of the youngest performing musicians of the World Civic Orchestra, Nolfi began practicing in May to audition for the September 6th concert. Celebrating the fifth anniversary, Nolfi performed Brahms’s Third Symphony and Hungarian Dance No. 5, Dvorak’s Cello Concerto and Slavonic Dance No. 2, and Kevin Clark’s Impressions of Manhattan. The orchestra was joined by soloist Hai Ye Ni, principal cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

“I did this to make music regardless of genre,” shared Nolfi. “It was an awesome time. My feet never touched the ground.”

He shares that his favorite trumpet players are Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown, Snooky Young, Louis Armstrong, among many others.  The World Civic Orchestra is a gathering of musicians, both professional and amateur, from around the world who have come together to celebrate the world in it is differences and similarities through the platform of music.

He hopes one day to perform as a member of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra and freelance as a session musician In New York, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh as a commercial trumpet player.


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