Leon Fleisher Receives Kennedy Center
Steve Martin, Leon Fleisher, Diana
Ross, Brian Wilson and Martin Scorsese.
Photo by Margot Schulman
One of Johns Hopkins' greatest treasures was
recognized by the entire country on Dec. 2, when
Leon Fleisher, the Andrew W. Mellon Chair in Piano at the
Institute, received a lifetime
achievement award at the 30th annual Kennedy Center Honors.
Fleisher and his fellow recipients — singers
Diana Ross and Brian Wilson, comedian/writer Steve
Martin and movie director Martin Scorsese — were
feted for two days in Washington, D.C., at events
that brought together the bold-faced names of Hollywood and
the capital. A State Department dinner
was held on Saturday and a White House reception with
President Bush on Sunday.
"In the careers of these five Americans, we see the
very definition of excellence and passion,"
Bush said in a videotaped speech shown at the gala.
"They've given us music and laughter and
distinctive moments in film."
The Kennedy Center Honors are one of the nation's
highest artistic tributes. The gala will be
broadcast Dec. 26 on CBS.
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