Leon Fleisher will be honored tonight at Jordan Hall (along with our founder, Aaron Richmond). He will also honor us with his playing (here's the Herald's advance take). We're told that it is likely that his former students will gather on stage for the duration in stage seats. For me, this conjures images of the extended family gathering 'round the piano to sing Tin Pan Alley tunes in Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters. "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered" crooned, with warm feelings all around. Well, how about a considerably less dysfunctional group gathered 'round the piano? And of course they won't be singing Rodgers and Hart tunes unless they have a most unusual encore up their collective sleeve. All right, so my little fantasy doesn't hang together, but you may be guaranteed one thing: at some point, Leon Fleisher's musicianship will get to you. You will not come away unaffected. You do have tickets, don't you?
Elsewhere, on his way to play for us in Boston, Jonathan Biss knocked 'em out at the Bangor Symphony Orchestra (I couldn't resist) concert this past Sunday. Read the review in The Ellsworth American.
Best of luck to El Caballito (?!), and the rest of the Red Sox tonight in Anaheim.