Leon Fleisher is an acclaimed pianist who has overcome some debilitating odds to continue performing at a peak level. Before he comes to town to perform with the Linton Chamber Music Series, our Suzanne Bona speaks with him about his career and the paralysisthat nearly ended it.
After graduating from UC’s College Conservatory of Music, Shoshana Bean attained great success in New York, appearing in Godspell, Hairspray and Leader of the Pack before being cast in Wicked. After a year of understudying, she spent one year in the lead role of Elpheba. Realizing that could be the pinnacle of her Broadway career, she moved to California and is now writing and performing her own music, including her newly released CDO’Farrelll Street. Assistant Producer Kevin Reynolds remembers Shoshana onstage at CCM and talks with her about her career and this new album.
Demi Fang is a senior at Centerville High School, just outside Dayton, Ohio, and she is a truly accomplished violinist. As Frank Johnson discovers in this interview, she has just been named to the inaugural National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, a touring orchestra created by Carnegie Hall and featuring 120 players all aged 16-19. After an intensive two weeks of rehearsals, they will embark on an international tour, providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity under the mentorship of acclaimed conductor Valery Gergiev.