Vienna, the wealthy capital of a sprawling empire, was a magnet for the greatest composers in German-speaking lands and beyond. Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7, written almost exactly a century apart, point to the long and luxurious history of composers mining their most precious music in the city that occupied the center of the musical universe.
Add Precious Gems to Calendar 04/12/2019 08:00 PM04/12/2019 10:00 PMAmerica/West_Palm_BeachPrecious Gems1440Maestro Tebar conducts Palm Beach Symphony. Program: Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 12 Bruckner – Symphony No. 7 Guest Soloist – Leon Fleisher, pianoKravis Center for the Performing Arts
Location Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Running Time 1 hour, 30 minutes
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Leon Fleisher, Frank Salomon Associates, piano
Pianist Leon Fleisher thrives in a sustained career as conductor and soloist, recitalist, chamber music artist, and master class mentor. He made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1944 and in 1952 became the first American to win the prestigious Queen Elisabeth of Belgium competition, establishing himself as one of the world’s premier classical pianists. At the height of his success, he was suddenly struck 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, Mr. Fleisher began focusing on repertoire for the left hand only, conducting, and teaching. In the mid-90’s he able to return to playing with both hands after experimental treatments using a regimen of Rolfing and ‘botulinum toxin’ injections. A recipient of numerous honors and awards, he received the honor of Commander in the Order of Arts and Letters by the Minister of Culture of the French government as well as the Kennedy Center Honors in 2007 and is the subject of the 2006 Oscar and Emmy-nominated documentary film Two Hands. In 2013, Sony Classical issued a 23-CD box set of his entire recorded output, and in 2014, Mr. Fleisher released his first solo CD in a decade, the Grammy nominated “All The Things You Are.” At age 88, in addition to his teaching at Peabody, Mr. Fleisher continues with an international schedule of master classes, performances and orchestral guest conducting.
Photo Credit: Yuen Lui Studios
Internationally recognized for his moving performances, innovative programming and extensive catalog of recordings, American conductor Gerard Schwarz serves as Music Director of The All-Star Orchestra an ensemble of top musicians from America’s leading orchestras featured in sixteen television programs that have aired throughout the United States on public television, worldwide by internet streaming and is the basis for their Khan Academy education platform that has already reached over 6 million students. All programs are released by Naxos on DVD and have been awarded six Emmy Awards and an ASCAP Award. Schwarz also serves as Music Director of the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina and Mozart Orchestra of New York, is Conductor Laureate of the Seattle Symphony and Conductor Emeritus of the Mostly Mozart Festival. His book “Behind the Baton” was released by Amadeus Press in March 2017.
His considerable discography of over 350 albums showcases his collaborations with some of the world’s greatest orchestras including Philadelphia Orchestra, London Symphony, Berlin Radio Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Tokyo Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, New York Chamber Symphony and Seattle Symphony among others.
Schwarz began his professional career as co-principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic and has held Music Director positions with the Mostly Mozart Festival, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and New York Chamber Symphony. As a guest conductor he has worked with many of the world’s finest orchestras and has led the San Francisco, Washington National and Seattle Opera companies on many occasions.
Schwarz is a renowned interpreter of 19th century German, Austrian and Russian repertoire in addition to his noted work with contemporary American composers. He completed his final season as music director of the Seattle Symphony in 2011 after an acclaimed 26 years – a period of dramatic artistic growth for the ensemble.
In his nearly five decades as a respected classical musician and conductor, Schwarz has received hundreds of honors and accolades including Emmy Awards, GRAMMY nominations, ASCAP Awards and the Ditson Conductor’s Award. He was the first American named Conductor of the Year by Musical America and has received numerous honorary doctorates. The City of Seattle and named the street alongside the Benaroya Hall “Gerard Schwarz Place” in his honor.
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