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'What Ever Happened to Wonder?'

Thursday, Sep. 27, 2012

Robert Blocker is a guest speaker at USU's Caine College of the Arts

Robert Blocker, dean of the Yale School of Music, is a guest at Utah State University where he will present the Dean's Convocation for the Caine School of the Arts Oct. 3 and perform in concert Oct. 4.

Utah State University’s Caine College of the Arts presents the third annual Dean’s Convocation featuring keynote speaker Robert Blocker, dean of the Yale School of Music, Oct. 3 at noon in the Performance Hall on USU’s Logan campus.

“This is a spectacular opportunity to gather together as a college and as a community to celebrate the start of a new academic year,” said Craig Jessop, dean of the Caine College of the Arts at USU. “Robert Blocker is one of America’s preeminent academic and artistic administrators on the national scene today.”

Regarded internationally as a concert pianist, Blocker’s leadership as an advocate for the arts and his extraordinary contributions to music are celebrated globally, Jessop said.

Blocker presents his keynote address, “What Ever Happened to Wonder?” at the Oct. 3 Convocation.

“Wonder is an ineffable quality we sometimes ignore, dismiss or simply forget,” said Blocker. “This quality is important in both artistic imagination and in the development of compassionate people.”

The convocation is the Caine College of the Arts’ formal welcome to all students and provides an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and administration from the CCA.

All USU faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to attend the free event.

In addition to the convocation, Blocker will perform in concert Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the USU Performance Hall, playing miniatures from the Romantic time period of 1800-1840. The miniatures include Joseph Haydn’s Fantasia in C Major, Op. 58, Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 and Bach’s Fantasia in C Minor, BWV 906.

“Robert Blocker is an amazing pianist, superb administrator and powerful advocate for the arts,” said Michael Bankhead, department head of music at USU. “He is both informative and entertaining as a speaker. His artistry as a piano soloist is of the very highest caliber. We are honored to have him as our guest.”

Blocker is acknowledged as one of the leading arts administrators in the nation and is known internationally for his artistry as a concert pianist. He has performed with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, the Prague and Moscow chamber orchestras and the Shanghai Symphony, among others. Blocker served as dean of the College of Music at the University of North Texas, at the School of Music at Baylor University and the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture prior to becoming dean of music at Yale.

Tickets for Blocker’s concert are $10 general admission, $8 seniors and youth, $5 USU faculty and staff and free for USU students with ID. More information and tickets are available at the CCA Box Office located in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s campus,  435-797-8022 or online at the Caine College of the Arts website.       

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USU’s Caine College of the Arts

Writer: Kara Rindlisbacher, 435-797-9203,

Contact: Denise Albiston, 435-797-1500,

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