Robert Saari (b. 1947) — Prelude (2011) for organ
Robert Saari (b. 1947) has composed both secular and sacred works for voice, chorus, and instrumental ensembles. Educated at University of Miami and Ohio State University, he studied with Alfred Reed, Frederick Fennell, and Marshall Barnes. Saari’s song cycle “When the Forsythia Blooms” was premiered in at the Kennedy Center by Denyce Graves and Warren Jones. In addition to Saari’s compositional and performing pursuits, he has worked for many years in the piano industry, having held executive positions with some of the world’s largest piano companies including Petrof, Pearl River, and Baldwin.