benefit concert series

January 21 | february 18 | march 10 | april 28

Trinity Lutheran Long Lake Church is proud to announce a classical music Benefit Concert Series for the 2024 Winter/Spring season. This is a rare opportunity to hear classical music in the Long Lake/Orono community.

Pianist Katherine Jacobson Fleisher, Minnesota native and St. Olaf College graduate is organizing the series with all artists donating their performances to benefit local and global missions. She will be loaning her Steinway Concert Grand for the events. Katherine concertized world-wide with her husband, pianist and conductor, Leon Fleisher. (1928-2020)

Kennedy Center Honoree Leon Fleisher, with Katherine Jacobson Fleisher, 2007.

Children six years of age and older are welcome. Thank you.

Please note revised schedule.

(updated 11-6-23)


Sunday, January 21 | 4pm

Katherine Jacobson Fleisher, piano

Pianist Katherine Jacobson Fleisher recently moved back to Minnesota from Baltimore, Maryland and is happy to be back home. Katherine will inaugurate the 4-concert series with a recital of music by Bach and Schubert.

Donations requested for


Sunday, February 18 | 4pm

Thomas Hecht, piano


Virtuoso pianist Thomas Hecht has recently returned to his home state of Maryland after a twenty year piano professorship in Singapore. His concert career continues to take him across the globe. When in Minnesota, he will perform a stunning program of Rachmaninoff and Ravel. Thomas is hoping for extremely cold weather after all those years in steamy Singapore, and is therefore grateful for a February recital date!

Donations requested for


Sunday, March 10 | 4pm

Evan Drachman, cello

with Wan-Chi Su, piano

Cellist Evan Drachman is the grandson of legendary cellist and humanist Gregor Piatigorsky. As head of the Piatigorsky Foundation, Evan brings concerts into venues across the country where classical music is rarely heard such as retirement communities, schools, churches, synagogues, libraries, museums, hospitals and prisons. The Piatigorsky Foundation presents over two hundred concerts annually in twenty two states. His program will feature the beautiful Schumann Cello Concerto with piano orchestral reduction.

Donations requested for


Sunday, April  28 | 4pm

Yury Shadrin & Tian Lu, piano

Yury Shadrin and Tian Lu present concerts of solo, four hand and duo piano repertoire internationally. They teach and perform as ambassadors to honor their mentor, Leon Fleisher. Yury and Tian are the co-directors of the Fleisher Academy whose mission it is to carry on the Maestro’s legacy. Their program will include music of Mozart, Mussorgsky and Ravel and will be the exciting grand finale to the series!

Donations requested for