February, 2017: The Lighter Side of Allan Blank


4 February, 2017, 5:00PM, Old Dominion University

ODU Libraries: The Lighter Side of Allan Blank

Allan Blank

Allan Blank

Old Dominion University Libraries will host a recital in celebration of Richmond, VA, composer Allan Blank (1925 – 2013), at ODU’s Chandler Recital Hall, F. Ludwig Diehn Performing Arts Center.

Scheduled to start at 5:00pm, The Lighter Side of Allan Blank will be directed by Dr. Andrey Kasparov, Professor of Music. With the combined talents ODU’s music faculty and students, as well as professional musicians from the region, Invencia’s own Andrey Kasparov and Oksana Lutsyshyn will perform selections for piano and harpsichord.

A native of New York, Blank was the recipient of numerous awards, grants and commissions, including the Eric Satie Mostly Tonal Award for his string trio, Fantasy on Cantillation Motives, in 1988. In 1989 Blank won the Lind Solo Competition. Subsequently, in 1990, he was awarded a grant from the Virginia Commission of the Arts for his Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra. From the late-1970s, Blank was the author of numerous commissioned works for the Virginia Music Teachers Association and the Virginia Shakespeare Festival.

Allan Blank was one of the earliest donors to the Old Dominion University Libraries’ music special collections back in 1999. This collection, the Allan Blank Papers, contains more than forty boxes of materials that encompass his original compositions, sketches, correspondence, programs, photographs, and other materials that document his personal and professional interests.



According to Ms. Elizabeth Hogue, music librarian and organizer of the occasion at the Chandler Recital Hall, “One of Blank’s favorite pastimes was to drive with his wife Margot to ODU — to listen to his works played and sung by ODU music students — during the annual student concert held at the reading room of the Diehn Composers Room.”


Blank admired the design of the Old Dominion University Libraries’ Diehn Composers Room and its mission to cultivate the development of contemporary music, both within and without the University. He would remain a faithful contributor to and advocate of the facility’s special collections and annual series of events, until his death  in 2013, aged 87.

The program will begin at 5:00PM, Chandler Recital Hall, with a reception to follow in the atrium.

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

Click here for further details, or e-mail invenciaduo@gmail.com.

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