Alums Perform at Lincoln Center

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Four School of Music alumni, Clem Rolin (B.S. Music Ed, 1968; M. Education, 1971), Denny Kurzawski (B.S. Music Education, 1977), Bill Balas (B.S. Music Education, 1977), and Bob Patterson (B.M. Jazz Performance, 1985) performed with the World Civic Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on September 6, 2015.

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 its differences and similarities through the platform of music.

The concert featured "Impressions of Manhattan," a jazz composition written by local pianist, Kevin Clark. In addition, repertoire included Brahms' Symphony No. 3 and Hungarian Dance No. 5, as well as Dvoƙák's Cello Concerto and Slavonic Dance No. 2.

Regarding the experience of the four alumni, Bill Balas offered, "It was truly an honor for us to be asked to perform in this world-renowned venue with such a wonderful group of musicians from around the world."

Rolin conducted the Clark, which also featured Kurzawski as a soloist on clarinet and alto saxophone. Kurzawski, Balas (trombone) and Patterson (bass) performed on all pieces on the concert.

All four musicians are still active performers in the Pittsburgh area.

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