UCSC Wind Ensemble to perform at Carnegie Hall

Robert Klevan

The UC Santa Cruz Wind Ensemble is set to perform at New York City's Carnegie Hall on February 15, 2009.

Under the direction of music lecturer Robert Klevan, the Wind Ensemble will appear as part of the "Excellence in Education" series produced by Distinguished Concerts International.

Klevan noted that this will be the second trip to Carnegie Hall for the UCSC ensemble; the group first performed there in May of 2001.

Now in his eleventh year at UCSC as director of the Wind Ensemble, Klevan also serves as education director for the Monterey Jazz Festival.

In 2007, he received the California Music Education Association's (CMEA) Educator of the Year award--presented each year to a jazz educator in California to honor "excellence in education and performance."

The Monterey Jazz Festival also honored Klevan as Jazz Educator of the Year for 2003-04.

The Wind Ensemble's Carnegie Hall appearance will include the music of composers Jeff Beal, Ira Hearshen, and Charles Rochester Young. UCSC saxophone instructor Paul Contos will also be featured as a guest soloist with the ensemble.