Mark Boozer, Pianist, in Recital
Pianist Mark Boozer will present In Memoriam: Pia
Sebastiani (February 27, 1925-July 26, 2015) and
In Celebration: the Centennial of Alberto Ginastera
(April 11, 1916 – June 25, 1983), on Sunday, April
3, 2016, 5 p.m. at the Ray Charles Performing Arts
Center, 900 West End Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia, on
the campus of Morehouse College. The program will
feature works by Scarlatti, Liszt, Still, Ravel, and
Ginastera. Admission is free and open to the public.
About the Recital
Mr. Boozer’s recital, which commemorates the
centennial of Argentinian composer Alberto
Ginastera, is both dedicated to the memory of Pia
Sebastiani and performed in honor of her life’s work.
As a native of Argentina and recognized as one of
the most outstanding artistic personalities of
Argentina and South America, Pia Sebastiani was an
effective champion of Ginastera’s music. Mr. Boozer
counts Ms. Sebastiani as one of his most profound
musical influences and this performance is rooted in
his conviction that we must honor those upon whose
shoulders we stand.
Born and initially trained in Buenos Aires, Ms.
Sebastiani went on to a multifaceted, international
career. Perhaps best known as a concert pianist, she
performed throughout the world in venues like
Carnegie Hall in NewYork, Wigmore Hall in London,
and Salle Pleyel in Paris, and under the batons of
many of the world’s great conductors. As a composer,
she studied with Olivier Messiaen and Darius Milhaud,
among others, and received acclaim as a composer
early in her career. In the 1960s, Ms. Sebastiani
served as Argentina’s cultural ambassador to Belgium.
As a pedagogue, her influence was far-reaching, having
served on the artist faculty of Ball State University in
Indiana (where Professor Boozer met her) for nearly
twenty-five years, with a roster of students from across
the U. S. and many other countries; and upon retiring
in the early 1990s, having assumed directorship of the
Beethoven Conservatory (which was founded by her
father) in her native Buenos Aires. Included among her
former students are teachers, award winning pianists,
performers in multiple music idioms, university
professors and administrators, composers, and
conductors spanning the globe.