Legendary musician and teacher Leon Fleisher will make his first appearance with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra in its next Classics Series concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 24, at Cape Henlopen High School Theater, Lewes.
DSO Music Director David Amado will conduct Fleisher and the orchestra in Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K. 414.” Amado will lead a pre-concert talk on the performance from the stage at 2 p.m.
“One of the titans of the classical stage, Leon Fleisher will join us in his 90th birthday year to perform Mozart’s 12th piano concerto. Its unfiltered buoyancy, melodic invention and virtuosity will be at the fore as Fleisher will bring the experience of more than half a century of an astonishing career to bear as he joins the DSO for the first time. His insight, knowledge, experience, and raw musical horsepower promise to make his appearance extraordinary,” said Amado. “The second half of the program will feature the DSO premiere of Bruckner’s magnificent 7th Symphony – a masterpiece of sonic architecture. Nineteenth century romantic harmony, classical form, and an ancient, otherworldly aesthetic make this symphony one of his most popular.”
DSO Executive Director Alan Jordan said, “Leon Fleisher's life story is one of great triumphs, terrible disappointments, perseverance and adaptation. He has been an inspirational performer, teacher and musician to so many. This is an extraordinary opportunity for our audiences to see one of the true legends of classical music.”
Tickets are $15 to $35. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.delawaresymphony.org.
The DSO is again participating in Orchestras Feeding America, a national hunger-relief effort sponsored by the League of American Orchestras. Audience members are encouraged to bring packaged, nonperishable food items to the concert to be donated to the Food Bank of Delaware.