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Leon Fleisher

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Orchestra Hall
Friday, April 4 – 10:45 AM
Saturday, April 5 – 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 6 – 3:00 PM


Artists

Leonard Slatkin, conductor  Bio

Internationally renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin began his tenure as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2008. In addition, Maestro Slatkin is the Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon, a position he has held since 2011. He is highly regarded for his historic leadership of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra from 1979 to 1996 and his tenure as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra from 1996 to 2008. He has also served as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and held Principal Guest Conductor positions with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Learn more at leonardslatkin.com

Leon Fleisher, piano   Bio

Legendary pianist Leon Fleisher represents the gold standard of musicianship and, at 83 years young, he continues to impart his life-affirming artistry throughout the world, thriving in a sustained career as conductor and soloist, recitalist, chamber music artist, and master class mentor. At the height of his success, he was suddenly struck silent 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, Fleisher set off on an epic journey in search of a renewed life in music.  He began focusing on repertoire for the left hand only, forging a new path as a soloist, conductor and teacher.  Experimental treatments using a regimen of rolfing and 'botulinum toxin' (Botox) injections finally restored the mobility in Fleisher’s hand, and for years he has played with both hands, winning enormous acclaim for his 2004 'two-hand' recording aptly titled Two Hands, and several subsequent recordings, most recently Mozart Piano Concertos. He and his wife, Katherine Jacobson Fleisher, a noted pianist with whom he frequently tours, live in Baltimore, Maryland.

Program

RAVEL Piano Concerto for the Left Hand  
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10