Cellist Mike Block, hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as "the ideal musician of the 21st century," will make an appearance on Sunday, as part of the Moats Enterprises "Sunday at the Center" series.
Presented by the Defiance Community Cultural Council, the concert is sponsored by the State Bank and Trust, Front Porch Publishing, and Service Master. Event sponsor is Defiance College. The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Stroede Center for the Arts, 319 Wayne Ave., Defiance.
Mike Block is a pioneering multi-style cellist, composer, and educator living in Boston, acclaimed by the New York Times for his "vital rich-hued solo playing." While still studying at the Juilliard School, Block joined Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble and shortly thereafter Mark O'Connor's Appalachia Waltz Trio.
Block has also toured extensively with Darol Anger's Republic of Strings and The Knights orchestra. After becoming one of the first wave of cellists to adopt a strap in order to stand while playing, Block was the first standing cellist to perform at Carnegie Hall. A Times critic called his playing "Breathless ... Half dance, half dare."
In 2012, Block was appointed associate professor at the Berklee College of Music. He has also established the Mike Block String Camp in Vero Beach, Fla., empowering students to learn new ways of playing music from teachers who specialize in a variety of non-classical styles. Block also directs the Brooklyn Pop String Camp in New York City.
Block has released several albums and has appeared on many television and radio programs, such as "Late Night with Conan O'Brian," "Regis and Kelly," NBC's "30 Rock," NPR's "St. Paul Sunday Morning," and WNYC's "Soundcheck." He has worked on Broadway and consulted on the movie "A Late Quartet." In 2011, Block was the subject of a feature article in the Wall Street Journal for his artistic directorship of the Gala Brooklyn Music Festival.
According to Andrew Schultz, artistic director for the DCCC, "Block's performance gives Defiance audiences a rare opportunity to see a nationally and internationally acclaimed artist with an unusual approach to making music." Tickets at the door for Sunday's concert are $10. DCCC events are supported by the Ohio Arts.