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May 3, 2011

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 ...

7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20. The church is located at 7308 York Road in Towson. Admission is free; cash and check donations will be accepted.

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.


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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

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