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The Music and Cultural Leadership Series: The Birthright of Music

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Time and Location

Saturday, Oct. 31
Registration and Reception: 7:00 - 7:30pm
Performance and Discussion: 7:30 - 9:00pm

Yale Center Beijing
8 Jianguomenwai Avenue, 36th Floor, Tower B, IFC Building (Yong’anli Station, Exit C)


Free admission; Please follow the link below to register before October 31. Please send an email to if there are any problems.

The language of the event will be English.

The Event

Music is the common language of all people and can build bridges of understanding between people of different nations, creeds, faiths, and colors. Please join us for a musical performance followed by a discussion of collaborative ventures between the U.S. and China and why these efforts are important to future generations.

Joining Dean Robert Blocker in the discussions will be President David H. Stull from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and President Wang Cizhao from the Central Conservatory of Music.

The Performer

Robert Blocker, the Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music at Yale University, is internationally regarded as a pianist, as a leader in arts advocacy, and as an extraordinary contributor to music education. Dean Blocker holds dual appointments as Professor of Piano and as an affiliate Professor with Yale University’s School of Management. In 2006, Blocker was named honorary Professor of Piano at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

Mr. Blocker concertizes throughout the world. His performances have won him critical acclaim: as noted in a Los Angeles Times review, he is a pianist of “…great skill and accomplishment, a measurable virtuoso bent and considerable musical sensitivity.” A Steinway Artist, Dean Blocker appears regularly on national radio and television as an artist and commentator and is active as a consultant to several major educational institutions and government agencies. In 2004, Yale University Press published The Robert Shaw Reader, a collection of Shaw’s writings edited by Blocker and now in its third printing.

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