One interesting exchange took place after I gave the opening announcements:
Leon: Good job, did you practice that?
Me: Yeah...did YOU practice THAT? (gestures towards stage)
What struck me most about tonight's performance was the sense of effortlessness exuded by both Leon and his wife Katherine as they sat down to play four-handed works (that's when two people play one piano at the same time). One could easily imagine a pair of half-filled wine glasses resting on the piano as the couple sight-read old favorites in their living room, reminiscing about favorite past performances. The encore, a short Jazz-inspired tune, ended the recital on an optimistic note (pun intended), a fitting conclusion given the current economic crisis. But, in my opinion, the mere fact that people like Leon Fleisher live and work in this world is reason enough for optimism.