benefit concert series

february 18 | march 10 | april 14 | 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.

Katherine Jacobson Fleisher, piano - concert series program April 14

photo credit: Tim Clark

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 1-8-24)


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 including works of Rachmaninov 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 gratefully accepted 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 gratefully accepted for


Sunday, April 14 | 4pm

Katherine Jacobson Fleisher, piano

Katherine Jacobson Fleisher, piano - concert series program April 14

photo credit: Tim Clark

Pianist Katherine Jacobson Fleisher has concertized widely throughout the United States and Canada as well as Europe, Scandinavia, South America, Japan and China. Solo performances with orchestra include the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, New York String Orchestra (Carnegie Hall) and the Orchestre National de France among many others. She studied with the legendary musician Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He was her greatest musical influence. They married in 1982, traveling the world and eventually performing extensively as a piano duo. 

Katherine’s Trinity recital will include Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by J.S. Bach and Sonata in A Major D. 959 by Franz Schubert.

This concert is dedicated to the memory of Leon Fleisher

Donations gratefully accepted 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 gratefully accepted for