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Menahem Pressler a wonder with the Colburn Orchestra
Menahem Pressler a wonder with the Colburn Orchestra

The Colburn Orchestra's annual spring gala in Walt Disney Concert Hall is typically a multi-generational affair. Sunday night, James Conlon, 64, conducted. His soloist in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17, however, was yet another generation older. Menahem Pressler was born into a world that had not yet heard Schoenberg's 12-tone music or George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," two events that would change classical music forever. A founder of the Beaux Arts Trio in 1955, Pressler, who fled Nazi Germany for Israel as a teenager, turned 90 in December. Sunday evening he walked onstage with a lively, sure step. Clearly ready for action, he sat with a kind of sly...

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