March 30, 2006
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Pianist Leon Fleisher will return to Amherst for the final concert in the 2005-06 Music at Amherst Series on Tuesday, April 11, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building at Amherst College. The program will include solo pieces and a couple of duets with pianist Katherine Jacobson. Tickets are available only to subscribers and students.

Fleisher’s celebrated collaboration with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra resulted in a series of recordings that have remained touchstones of the classical catalogue to this day. Of his new recording, “Two Hands,” Fleisher says, It’s a state of grace; it’s a state of ecstasy. It’s wonderful. How else can I describe it? There is another level of awareness of the keys, the way I’m holding my hand, the sense of contact.” “Two Hands” also has been a critical success. “He has long since transcended the methods of music. In his hands now is the capacity to illuminate the soul,” according to the Denver Post.

The latest information can be obtained from the Amherst College Concert Website.