Forty years of Fleisher
By some of his piano students, Leon Fleisher is perceived as
godlike, a person whose understanding of music borders on the
mystical. Christie Julien, one of Fleisher's current students,
says she is regularly surprised by his level of insight into a
"He knows everything," Julien says with a
smile. "We try very hard not to show we are in trouble, but he
tells us exactly what we need to hear without even asking him for
his help. Trust me, he really knows."
Julien pauses, "Experience I guess."
Experience is surely not something that
Fleisher, since 1959 the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Piano at
the Peabody Institute, is in short supply of.
Faiths find a common ground
The road to completion of the Bunting Meyerhoff Interfaith and
Community Service Center had its share of potholes and hairpin
curves, but there were pleasant moments, too. The "glorious
moment" for Sharon Kugler came on a rainy Friday winter
chaplain, had been told by the project's painter that the
screen panels in the dome above the alter could not be painted
blue as she had envisioned.
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