Pianists Leon Fleisher, Katherine Jacobson Fleisher to give benefit for Japan
In 2005, celebrated pianist Leon Fleisher stepped up quickly to help raise money for Americans hit hard by Hurricane Katrina.
He was joined by his gifted wife, Katherine Jacobson Fleisher, in memorable performances of solo and four-hand piano works at Central Presbyterian Church during a concert that featured other Baltimore area artists who likewise donated their services to the cause.
The Fleishers are heading back to Central Pres soon, this time for a concert "to benefit human and animal victims of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear devastation in Japan."
The performance will be at ...
All proceeds from the concert will be donated. Donors can specify which of four organizations they want to receive their contributions: The Japan Society (Japan Earthquake Relief Fund), World Relief (Japan Disaster Relief), PETA, Inc. (PETA Asia, Animal Emergency Fund), Global Animal Foundation (Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support).
Speaking of benefits for Japan, that cause stands to reap a good deal of needed cash next month. The Nippon Music Foundation has decided to sell a much-prized Stradivarius violin in its collection.
Known as the "Lady Blunt" (great violins often bear the name of a previous owner, in this case, Lord Byron's granddaughter, Lady Anne Blunt), the 1721 instrument was last sold for $10 million, the BBC News reports. It's likely to sell for even more on June 20. All proceeds will go to the Northeastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.