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Piano prof
By CLAUDIA.GREEN performance.
"You have to have every confidence When music
in your armpits," music Prof. Leon invited Fleis
Fleischer tells one of his students as she University, hi
works on her mastery of Revel's "Le sentimental gr
Tombeau de Couperain." "Air them out Arthur Schn
all the time." during the 1940
Later in the class, the world sity. As a tee
renowned Fleischer holds onto another Schnabel her
student's shoulders as she plays, trying and other stu
to demonstrate the notion of what he building.
describes as "two beings: one, the But Fleischi
shoulder and hands, two, the rest of the music school'
body which must remain still." very attractiv(
THIS IS THE second year Fleischer to go where thi
has traveled from his Baltimore home Fleischer, M
o the University to teach piano classes semester allo
and advise a doctoral seminar in piano with both und(

stresses body motion

school Dean Paul Boylan
cher to teach at the
e accepted partially on
rounds. His own teacher,
abel, spent summers
)s teaching at the Univer-
nager, Fleischer visited
e, playing with teachers
udents at the Rackham
er said he also finds the
's "enviable reputation"
e. "The best teachers like
e best students are," said
whose six visits per
w him just seven hours
ergraduate and graduate

students each time.

A dramatization of the life and work of Swedish Nobel Prize-winning
author Selma Lagerlof will be presented by Swedish actresses Anita Bjork
and Viveca Serlachius at 9 p.m. in the Michigan Union Ballroom. Sponsored
by the Center for Western European Studies, the free performance will be in
English with passages in Lagerlof's original Swedish.
Cinema Guild - The Seventh Seal, 7 & 9 p.m., Lorch.
Classic Film Theatre - National Velvet, 6:45 p.m., The Black Stallion, 9
p.m., Michigan Theatre.
Hill St. - A Thousand Clowns, 7 & 9 p.m., 1429 Hill.
Mediatrics - The Turning Point, 7 & 9:05 p.m.. MLB 4.
Women from India at Michigan - Bhumika, 6:30 p.m., Residential College.
Auditorium, East Quad.
School of Music - University Dance Company, 3 p.m., Power Center;
voice recital with Cherie Pangilinan, 2 p.m.; percussionist recital with
David Wanuga, 4 p.m.; horn students recital, 6 p.m.; Recital Hall.
Union Arts - Academy of Early Music Bach Cantata Sing-Along, 4-9 p.m.,
Kenuzel Room, Michigan Union.
University Musical Society - Handel's "Messiah," 2:30 p.m., Hill
Eastern Michigan University music department - Flute recital with
Carol Phillips, 3 p.m., New Alexander Music Building.
Second Chance - Salem Witchcraft, 516 E. Liberty.
Theater of the Young Program - "Odyssey in Oz," 2 & 7 p.m., Quirk
Theater, Eastern Michigan University.
Residential College - Madrigal Singers concert, 4 p.m., Greene Lounge,
East Quad.
Comfort Inn -Jazz with Louis Johnson and Friends, 7p.m., 2800 Jackson.
Performance Network - "Waiting for Godot," 8 p.m., 408 W. Washington.
Kelsey Museum - Gallery talk with Karen Ros, 2 p.m., Kelsey Museum.
Hillel - Israeli folk dancing, 7:30 p.m., 1429 Hill.
School of Art - Exhibit of art work.
Exhibit Museum - Flight of Voyager 1, Past Jupiter slide presentation and
preview of coming attractions, 2,3, & 4p.m., Exhibit Museum.
Friends of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens - Monthly lobby sale, 10 a.m. -
4:30 p.m., 1800 N. Dixboro.
The Performance Network's Works in Progress program presents a
reading of "Zebra Spots," a new play by Art Becker at 7 p.m., 408 W.
Washington. An open discussion will follow.
Alternative Action - The Spanish Earth, 8 p.m., Room 126, East Quad.
Students for origins research-Noah's Flood, 7:30 p.m., Mason 1402.
School of Music - University Band, Chamber Winds, and Campus Band
concert, 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium; Early Music Ensemble, 8 p.m., Recital
Guild House - Poetry readings, Poets' Bacchanalia, 8 p.m., 802 Monroe.
Near Eastern & N. African Studies - Brown bag with Kirk Beatty,
"Research Experience in Egypt: Observations on Contemporary Society
& Politics," noon, Lane Hall Commons Room.
St. Cosmas Orthodox Christian Fellowship - Michael Conrad, "What is
the Orthodox Church?," 7 p.m. For info. call 761-8060.
Graduate business school - David Kieras, "Mental Models and Interac-
ting with Devices," 4 p.m., 146 BSAD.
Germanic language and literature - Hendrik Birus, "Etappen Der,
Freudschen Literaturinterpretations," 8 p.m., East conference Room,
Turner Geriatrac Clinic - R. Keith Wallace, "The Effects of the Tran-
scendental Meditation Program in the Physiology of Aging," noon, Room
S6450, Main Hospital.
Computing Center - Merit staff, "Intro to Telecommunications," 3:30-5
p.m., 165 BSAD.
Chemistry department - Kom-Bei Shiu, "Tris-Pyrazolylborate Com-
plexes of Molybdenum," 4 p.m., 1200 Chemistry Building.
Rackham graduate school -- Hans Neurhoeffer, "I, 2, 4 - Triazines - syn-
thetic Tools in Organic Chemistry," 4 p.m., 3554 C.C. Little.
Women's Research Club - Charlotte Otto, "Imaging Agent - How to See
Without Really Seeing," 7:45 p.m., West conference Room, Rackham.
Physicians For Social Responsibility - Alexander Yanov, "Prospects for
Soviet-American Relations in the 1980s," 8 p.m., Room 2903, Taubman
Medical Library.
Project Community - Mass meeting for students interested in Income
Tax Program, 7 p.m., Angell Aud. B.
Tae Kwon Do Club - 5-7 p.m., CCRB MartialArts Room.
Christian Science Organization - 7:15 p.m., Room D, Michigan League.
Ann Arbor FLOC Support Group - 7:30 p.m., 308 E. William.

LSA Faculty - 4:10 p.m., Angel Aud. A.
Washtenaw Committee Against Registration & the Draft - 7:30 p.m.,
Unitarian Church, 1917 Washtenaw.
SACUA -1:30p.m., 4025 Fleming.
Boticelli Game Players - noon, Dominick's.
Hospice of Washtenaw - Informational meeting, 7:30 p.m., 2530 S. Main.
Eating Disorder Self-Help Groups - 7:30-9:30 p.m., Classroom 8, St.

FLEISCHER first received inter-
national acclaim in 1952 at the age of 24
for his performance at the Councours
International de la Reini Elisabeth de
Belgique competition in Brussels.
Now 55, Fleischer is widely known for
his career as a left-handed musician
and his 19-year struggle to regain the
use of his right hand.
An undiagnosed nerve and muscle
disorder which causes the fingers of his
right hand to curl in first forced
Fleischer to cancel a two-handed
peformance in 1965. Since then, he has
undergone almost every treatment
imaginable, including acupuncture,
myotherapy, and surgery.
IN 1981, doctors operated on
Fleischer's right hand to alleviate the
pain and numbness brought on by the
mysterious ailment, but the involun-
tary weakening of the hand continues to
plague him. Fleischer's optimism about
a full recovery, however, is evident by
the fact that he continues with the
treatment. Currently he is undergoing
physical therapy and biofeedback at
Massachusetts General Hospital in
Although his condition renders him
unable to perform up to his full poten-
tial, Fleischer's work in music is still
extensive. "(The hand problem) is an
underlying current in all my waking
hours," he says, "but...the important
thingin life is to be active; to use your-
In addition to teaching here,
Fleischer is a professor at the Peabody
Conservatory in Baltimore, which is af-
filiated with Johns Hopkins University.
This year, however, he took a leave of
absence from the conservatory in order
to spend more time working with doc-
tors in Boston.
HE ALSO conducts a 17- to 20-
member chamber ensemble which per-
forms regularly at the Kennedy Cen-
ter for the Performing Art in
Despite his condition, Fleischer
never gave up performing the piano,
playing works written for left-handed
artists about ten times a year. He has
given only one two-handed performan-
ce since 1965, and says he will not ac-

cept any engagements for two hands
"until recovery is actually here."
Yet with one hand or two, Fleischer's
following has not diminished. When the
famed musician is in Ann Arbor, almost
every piano student at the
University knows it. Any un-
dergraduate or graduate can sign up to
play for Fleischer during his afternoon
"master" class. Although University
professors decide who actually gets to
play, all students are welcome to attend
the class whether they play or not.
"master" class teaching method -
students play for other students as well
as their teacher - from his own
childhood teacher.
"It is so (the rest of the class) can
benefit and participate," he explains.
Although the pressure of performing is
absent, the students who are not
playing feel both the effect of the piece
and the experience of their classmate,
according to Fleischer. They also have
the benefit of listening critically and
watching the transformations that take
place as Fleischer works with a
"He's a very intense musician," says
Peter Maleitzke, a second-year
graduate student who studied with
Fleischer last year and now attends his
master classes regularly. "He's able to
influence students' playing im-
FLEISCHER uses a number of
devices, ranging from analogies to
dialogues, to teach his students.
Sometimes, he literally helps them feel
how a piece should be placed.
"Coda is the Italian word for tail," he
tells a student working on a piece con-
taining the musical term. "If you give
too much to the tail, you wag the whole
dog. It disturbs the whole piece.
During another student's hour at the
piano, he takes her hand in his and
says, "Let me play on you." Fleischer
then proceeds to play several bars of
the piece with his hand resting atop of
his student's.
Later he asks her to sing the notes of
the piece. "Now you're your own
teacher," he says. "Play it the way you
sang it. Hearing what you do is the most
important thing you do."

Daily Photo by DEBORAH LEWIS

Music professor Leon Fleischer, who travels six times a semester from
Baltimore to teach here, uses analogies and dialogues as an aid to teaching

Serotkin resigns, may
run for senate again

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DETROIT (AP) - State Sen. David
Serotkin, recalled by voters for backing
a 38 percent hike in the state income
tax, resigned yesterday. Lt. Gov. Mar-
tha Griffiths accepted his resignation,
which was effective immediately.
"It is my wish to open the electoral
process to the voters of the Ninth
District," said Serotkin, 44. "My
resignation will allow a primary elec-
tion to be held to select candidates for
this vacancy."
SEROTKIN SAID his resignation
would alter the way his successor is
chosen. He said existing recall laws
prevent him from running for the
Senate seat, but added that he -may
challenge their constitutionality.
"We think the law is unconstitutional
because it deprives candidates of his or
her right to run," he said. "No crime
has been committed, and I haven't done
anything wrong but to vote a certain
Under existing laws, the secretary of

state must schedule an election date
within 60 days after certification of the
recall vote. But because he resigned,
Serotkin said, the matter instead rever-
ts to Gov. James Blanchard, who must
first schedule a primary date and then
an election date.
Serotkin said Blanchard can set a
primary date at his discretion.
However, state Elections Director
Christopher Thomas said he was un-
sure whether Serotkin's interpretation
of the law was correct.
Mick Steiner, spokesman for Detroit-
area recall groups, said Serotkin's
resignation was merely "legal
maneuvering" so he could run for the
vacated state Senate seat. "It's another
attempt to thwart the wisdom of the
voters," he said.
Serotkin, a one-time Republican who
served five years in the state House
before switching parties, said his
decision to resign came Friday after
talking with staff members.

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came under small arms fire late Friday
but stopped the shooting by lighting up
the night sky with flares. No Marines
were injured.
The Lebanese army reported
clashing with Moslem Shiite militiamen
in Beirut's southern suburbs yesterday
but said the area around the nearby
U.S. Marine base at Beirut airport was
IN WASHINGTON, President Amin
Gemayel of Lebanon wrapped up a
four-day visit yesterday after hearing
U.S. insistence that he bears the chief
responsibility for getting foreign troops

out of his country but resisting advice
that he open separate troop withdrawal
talks with Israel.
Before departing, Gemayel stood
with Secretary of State George Shultz
and said that while war in Lebanon
presents problems "that are not going
to go away over night," he was still con-
fident that "substantial and decisive
progress is being made."
Gemayel was told at the highest
levels during his visit in Washington
that he must do more to build an image
as a forceful leader capable of directing
his country's future and restoring
national unity.

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