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Pianist Robert Blocker performs Brahms and more Oct. 23

Robert Blocker, piano

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by the pianist and Dean of the Yale School of Music Robert Blocker on Wednesday, October 23. Blocker, a renowned pianist and a leading arts administrator, will perform music by Mozart, Schubert, and Brahms. 

The concert will open with a pair of rondos by Mozart: the Rondo in D major, K. 485, and Rondo in A minor, K. 511. The centerpiece of the first half is Schubert’s four-movement Piano Sonata in A minor, D. 845, the composer's first published piano sonata.

The second half of the concert focuses on music by Brahms, beginning with the Liebeslieder Waltzes, a lyrical set of songs. The singers are Sherezade Panthaki, soprano; Annie Rosen, mezzo-soprano; James Taylor, tenor; and Dashon Burton, bass-baritone.

The evening will conclude with Brahms’s Four Serious Songs, Op. 121. Brahms wrote his last set of songs the year before he died, taking words from the Bible and dealing with the theme of death.

This concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall 470 College St., corner of Wall Street). The Horowitz Piano Series is directed by Boris Berman. Tickets start at $12, students $6. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit this link below or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.



About Robert Blocker

blockerRobert Blocker is highly regarded internationally for his artistry as a pianist, his leadership as an advocate for the arts, and his extraordinary contributions to music education. 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 have included the Beijing and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras, the Korean and Daejon Symphony Orchestras, the Prague and Moscow Chamber Orchestras, the Monterrey Philharmonic, and the Houston Symphony.  His appearances at the Beethoven Festival (Warsaw) and the Great Mountains International Music Festival (Korea, with Sejong Soloists) add to the critical acclaim as noted in the Los Angeles Times review: "…great skill and accomplishment, a measurable virtuoso bent and considerable musical sensitivity…mesmerizing moments."

In 2006 Blocker was named honorary Professor of Piano at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and in November of 2007 he was the keynote speaker on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Shanghai Conservatory. His many contributions to the music community include service on the advisory boards for the Avery Fisher Artist Program and the Stoeger Prize at Lincoln Center, the Gilmore Artist Advisory Board, and the Curatorium of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest.  He is a member of the American Music Center Board of Directors.

In November 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 is now in its third printing. Presently, it is being translated into Korean.