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Leon Fleisher at Blair

In the Fleish


Legendary pianist Leon Fleisher visits the Blair School of Music from Feb. 6-9, giving a total of three free concerts. Fleisher was a child prodigy in the 1940s and a major classical recording artist in the 1950s and ’60s until neurological disease impaired his right hand. He continued teaching, conducting, and performing available one-handed repertoire until experimental therapies finally returned him to two-handed playing in the mid-1990s. Saturday at 8 p.m., he gives a recital of solos and duets with his wife Katherine Fleisher. He'll guest-conduct the Vanderbilt Orchestra on Sunday at 8 p.m., leading a Beethoven overture from the podium and a Mozart concerto from the piano. And at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, he joins the Blair String Quartet for an “open rehearsal” of the wonderful Brahms Piano Quintet, a work he's recorded with both the Juilliard and Emerson Quartets. Two Hands, an Oscar-nominated documentary about Fleisher, is also on Tuesday's program. Admission is free.
Sat., Feb. 6, 8 p.m., 2010

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