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Pianist Robert Blocker performs music from Scarlatti to Schwantner March 23

February 23, 2011

“A measurable virtuoso bent and considerable musical sensitivity….”
– Los Angeles Times

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by its Dean, pianist Robert Blocker on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The Los Angeles Times has praised Blocker’s “…great skill and accomplishment, a measurable virtuoso bent and considerable musical sensitivity… mesmerizing moments.”

The program will span over three centuries of music, beginning with four short sonatas by the baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti. Blocker will then veer into the nineteenth century to play Chopin’s Two Nocturnes, Op. 27, and the Fantaisie in F minor, Op. 49.

Joseph Schwantner’s Palindromes, written in 2006, will open the second half of the program, which will continue with Ravel’s three-movement Sonatine. The evening will conclude with Alberto Ginastera’s Sonata No.1, Op. 22.

Tickets range from $12 to $22, $6 for students. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About Robert Blocker

Robert Blocker is highly regarded internationally for his artistry as a pianist and his leadership as an advocate for the arts. In 1995 he was appointed the Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music and Professor of Piano at Yale University. Today, he concertizes throughout the world. Recent orchestral engagements include the Beijing, Shanghai, Korean, and Daejon Symphony Orchestras, Prague and Moscow Chamber Orchestras, Monterrey Philharmonic, and the Houston Symphony, as well as appearances at the Beethoven Festival (Warsaw) and, with the Sejong Soloists, at the Great Mountains International Music Festival (Korea). In 2006 Blocker was named honorary Professor of Piano at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Robert Blocker appears regularly on national radio and television as an artist and commentator and is active as a consultant to major educational institutions and government agencies.  In 2000, Steinway and Sons featured him in a film commemorating the tercentennial year of the piano. His recording of Mozart concerti with the Biava Quartet was released by Naxos in 2008 to critical acclaim. In 2004, Yale University Press published The Robert Shaw Reader, a collection of Shaw’s writings edited by Dean Blocker. The volume received considerable acclaim and has been translated into Korean.

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