The Philharmonic Society of Orange launches this season’s “What Makes Music Beautiful?” lecture series on Monday with pianist Leon Fleisher as guest speaker and performer. The event will feature a mini-recital (we’re told it’ll be music for the left hand), a screening of the Academy Award-nominated Fleisher documentary “Two Hands,” an interview (with your favorite music critic, in a rare local appearance, as interlocutor), a question-and-answer session with the audience and wine tasting. Sounds civilized, doesn’t it?
Fleisher and I actually go way back. When I was a student in the music criticism program at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Fleisher would come to our classes and explain to us, in the nicest possible way, just how wrong we all were.
You can bet I’m going to ask him about studying with Schnabel and Monteux.