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Robert Blocker presents five new works by YSM faculty and alumni

Including premieres by David Lang, Hannah Lash, Christopher Theofanidis, and more
February 29, 2016

This recital is a rescheduled event from Wednesday, March 9.

blocker2The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by Robert Blocker on Wednesday, May 11 at 7:30 pm. Blocker, the dean of the School of Music, has played with such orchestras as the Beijing and Shanghai Symphonies, the Houston Symphony, and the Prague and Moscow Chamber Orchestras.

Blocker will open his program with works from the classical canon. Mozart‘s Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310, written soon after the death of Mozart’s mother, will be followed by Ravel‘s Valses Nobles et Sentimentales (Noble and Sentimental Waltzes).

The second half of the program will open with a set of character pieces, all written by Yale faculty and alumni composers. David Lang‘s ’83 MMA, ’89 DMA Winter Piano will be followed by Hannah Lash‘s ’12 AD Prelude. Next are Illusory Rail by a recent YSM alumna Fay Wang ’10 MM, ’12 AD, and Three Novelettes by Warren Lee. Closing the set will be Christopher Theofanidis‘s ’97 DMA Wake Up, Called the Voice.

Blocker will close his program with the Bach/Busoni Chaconne in D minor, BWV 1004. Italian pianist Ferruccio Busoni created a series of keyboard transcriptions of works by J.S. Bach; his edition includes performance suggestions, practice exercises, and detailed analyses of Bach’s work.

The concert takes place Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Tickets start at $13, $7 for students. For more information, call 203 432-4158, or visit the box office at 470 College Street.

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About Robert Blocker

Robert Blocker began his study of the piano at the age of five, presenting his first public recital two years later. Today, he concertizes throughout the world, and has played with such orchestras as the Beijing and Shanghai Symphonies, the Houston Symphony, and the Prague and Moscow Chamber Orchestras. This year, Naxos will release a CD of three Mozart concerti performed by Blocker with the Biava Quartet.

Robert Blocker has been the Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music at Yale University since 1995 and in 2006 he was named honorary Professor of Piano at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

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