Leon Fleisher
Sunday, March 31, 2019, 3:00PM
Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium

“Fleisher turned in an absolutely spellbinding performance that built steadily, with a kind of distilled, august power, to a breathtaking climax…his musicianship — is nothing short of Olympian.” — The Washington Post

Hear pianist and living legend Leon Fleisher perform beloved classical music. During this rare solo recital program with commentary, you’ll hear the word-renowned pianist perform a selection of his favorite pieces from over the years, and then discuss the masterworks. After the recital, the audience is invited to join a Q&A with Leon Fleisher.

Sheep May Safely Graze…….J.S. Bach

La Puerta del Vino…..Claude Debussy

Clair de Lune……Claude Debussy

L.H. ………Leon Kirchner
(Piece for left hand alone written for Leon Fleisher)

Nocturne in D Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2…Frederic Chopin

Mazurka in C Sharp Minor, Op. 50, No. 3….Frederic Chopin

Program subject to change

Pianist

Pianist Leon Fleisher thrives in a sustained career as conductor and soloist, recitalist, chamber music artist, and master class mentor. He made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1944 and in 1952 became the first American to win the prestigious Queen Elisabeth of Belgium competition, establishing himself as one of the world’s premier classical pianists. At the height of his success, he was suddenly struck at age 36 with a neurological affliction later identified as focal dystonia, rendering two fingers on his right hand immobile. Rather than end his career, Mr. Fleisher began focusing on repertoire for the left hand only, conducting, and teaching. In the mid-90’s he able to return to playing with both hands after experimental treatments using a regimen of Rolfing and ‘botulinum toxin’ injections.  A recipient of numerous honors and awards,  he received the honor of Commander in the Order of Arts and Letters by the Minister of Culture of the French government as well as the Kennedy Center Honors in 2007 and is the subject of the 2006 Oscar and Emmy-nominated documentary film Two Hands. In 2013, Sony Classical issued a 23-CD box set of his entire recorded output, and in 2014, Mr. Fleisher released his first solo CD in a decade, the Grammy nominated “All The Things You Are.”

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“Fleisher turned in an absolutely spellbinding performance that built steadily, with a kind of distilled, august power, to a breathtaking climax…his musicianship — is nothing short of Olympian.” — The Washington Post

Hear pianist and living legend Leon Fleisher perform beloved classical music. During this rare solo recital program with commentary, you’ll hear the word-renowned pianist perform a selection of his favorite pieces from over the years, and then discuss the masterworks. After the recital, the audience is invited to join a Q&A with Leon Fleisher.

Program Notes

Sheep May Safely Graze…….J.S. Bach

La Puerta del Vino…..Claude Debussy

Clair de Lune……Claude Debussy

L.H. ………Leon Kirchner
(Piece for left hand alone written for Leon Fleisher)

Nocturne in D Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2…Frederic Chopin

Mazurka in C Sharp Minor, Op. 50, No. 3….Frederic Chopin

Program subject to change

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Pianist Leon Fleisher thrives in a sustained career as conductor and soloist, recitalist, chamber music artist, and master class mentor. He made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1944 and in 1952 became the first American to win the prestigious Queen Elisabeth of Belgium competition, establishing himself as one of the world’s premier classical pianists. At the height of his success, he was suddenly struck at age 36 with a neurological affliction later identified as focal dystonia, rendering two fingers on his right hand immobile. Rather than end his career, Mr. Fleisher began focusing on repertoire for the left hand only, conducting, and teaching. In the mid-90’s he able to return to playing with both hands after experimental treatments using a regimen of Rolfing and ‘botulinum toxin’ injections.  A recipient of numerous honors and awards,  he received the honor of Commander in the Order of Arts and Letters by the Minister of Culture of the French government as well as the Kennedy Center Honors in 2007 and is the subject of the 2006 Oscar and Emmy-nominated documentary film Two Hands. In 2013, Sony Classical issued a 23-CD box set of his entire recorded output, and in 2014, Mr. Fleisher released his first solo CD in a decade, the Grammy nominated “All The Things You Are.”

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