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Legacy Society honors pianist Leon Fleisher with Washington Performing Arts' second Ambassador of the Arts award


The Belgian Ambassador, His Excellency Johan Verbeke, welcomed 80 members of Washington Performing Arts' Legacy Society to an intimate musicale and supper at his residence on July 9. Leon Fleisher and his wife and musical partner, Katherine Jacobson, performed, followed by an interview with Mr. Fleisher and Anne Midgette, chief classical music critic of The Washington Post and co-author of My Nine Lives, the Mr. Fleisher's memoir. They chatted about his experience as a young pianist who was the first American to win the prestigious Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition in 1952 and the works featured on his newly-released album, All the Things You Are. In honor of Mr. Fleisher, and as part of his Ambassador of the Arts Award, Washington Performing Arts and Mr. Fleisher will work together to identify a young artist to present on the Hayes Piano Series during the 2015/16 season.

The evening was capped off with an impressive dinner buffet with Belgian delicacies. At the dinner, members mingled with Ambassador Verbeke, Washington Performing Arts board members, concert underwriters, as well as Mr. Fleisher's family members, and each guest left with a copy of My Nine Lives.

Click to view the full Ambassador of the Arts award, presented to Leon Fleisher