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Leon Fleisher

Leon Fleisher
Friday, February 29, 2008 - 8:00pm
Leon Fleisher’s comeback from a crippling injury is one of the music world’s most inspirational stories. The San Francisco-born pianist was a child prodigy and became a worldwide success as one of the great concert pianists of the 1950s and 1960s. Then, at the height of his career, Fleischer lost the use of his right hand due to focal dystonia. Recently, new therapies have enabled him to regain the use of his hand, and his triumphal return has been greeted as a near-miracle. “This verges on the unbelievable,” wrote Gramophone. “Dexterity and dynamics are effortlessly controlled…technique is coupled to an imaginative intellect that portrays the language of each composer in deep terms.”

Program: J.S. Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze (from Cantata no. 208, arr. Egon Petri); Capriccio in B-flat Major on the Departure of His Most Beloved Brother, BWV 992; Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903; Jesu, bleibet meine Freude (from Cantata 147, arr. Myra Hess); Chaconne for Left Hand (from Partita II for Violin in D Minor, BWV 1004, arr. Brahms); Franz Schubert: Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960

Event Info

Friday, February 29, 2008 - 8:00pm
Jackson Hall