Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2009-04-03

Concert pianist Robert Blocker will perform as part of Samford University School of the Arts' Davis Architects Guest Artist Series Friday, April 17.

Blocker, dean of the Yale University School of Music, will play at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall.

Prior to his Yale appointment in 1995, he was founding dean of the University of California at Los Angeles School of the Arts and Architecture and professor of piano. In 2006, he was named honorary professor of piano at Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. This year, Naxos will release a CD of three Mozart concerti performed by Blocker with the Biava Quartet.

Blocker, who today concertizes throughout the world, began his piano study at age five and presented his first public recital two years later.

His Samford concert will include Sergei Prokofiev's "Sonata No. 9 in C major, op. 103," Ezra Laderman's "Decade," and Johannes Brahms' "Sonata in F minor, op. 5."

During his time at the school, he also will conduct a master class. Concert admission is $20 adult, $15 senior adult (55-plus), and $10 student/child. For tickets, go to or call (205) 726-2853.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.