Musician Leon Fleisher, PayPal Founder Elon Musk, Artist Frank Stella Among Eight to Be Honored at Amherst College Commencement May 24

May 6, 2009

AMHERST, Mass.— Margaret Bangser ’81, founder and former director of the nonprofit Women’s Dignity organization; Peter Brown, the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History at Princeton University; former Virginia Congressman Thomas M. Davis III ’71, now president and CEO of the Republican Main Street Partnership; celebrated conductor and pianist Leon Fleisher; accomplished researcher and an esteemed Columbia University professor Andrew R. Marks ’76; entrepreneur Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal and SpaceX; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, managing director of the World Bank; and abstract artist Frank Stella will all receive honorary degrees from Amherst College during its 188th Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 24, at 10 a.m. on the school’s campus.

Leon Fleisher

Leon Fleisher
Doctor of Music

Among the most accomplished pianists and influential educators of his generation, Leon Fleisher has devoted his life to music.

Conversations with Honored Guests, 2009


Margaret A. Bangser 81

“The Right to Be Safe: Fistula, Maternal Health and Health Equity in Tanzania.” A talk by Margaret A. Bangser ’81, founder and former director of the nonprofit Women’s Dignity.

Pianist Richard Goode to Open 2007-08 Music at Amherst Concert Series on Sept. 20

Submitted by Patricia M. Allen
August 29, 2007Contact: Sara LeonardConcert and Production Manager413/542-2195Stacey SchmeidelDirector of Public Affairs413/542-2321

2005-06 Music at Amherst Series Opens Sept. 21 with Pianist Stephen Hough

August 27, 2005 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.—Music at Amherst opens its 28th season of world-class chamber music at Amherst College with the pianist Stephen Hough, in a program of fantasies by Mozart, Schumann and Liszt/Busoni, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building at Amherst College. Tickets for series subscriptions are on sale until Thursday, Sept. 15. Five other programs are included in the series.

Pianist Leon Fleisher Presents Music at Amherst April 11

March 30, 2006 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 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.

2004-05 Music at Amherst Series Opens Sept. 24 with Pianist Leon Fleisher

August 25, 2004Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417