Washington Post Chief Music Critic Anne Midgette co-authored the new biography of pianist Leon Fleisher. Published by Doubleday, My Nine Lives takes the reader along Fleisher's exceptional journey from child prodigy to rising star to the catastrophe of a pianist's career-ending malady called focal dystonia. Fleisher's odyssey back to the concert stage via careers as teacher, conductor, and finally left-hand soloist is documented with humor, wit, and humanity. His return to performing two hands is the ultimate triumph of a life derailed, then rediscovered through music. Classical WETA's Deb Lamberton talks with co-author Anne Midgette about what she learned writing the book.
This WETA TV 26 production explores the history, mission and daily operations of Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place for more than 400,000 Americans. This revered place honors the dead and brings great meaning to the living.Learn more →
On a snowy night in 1965, Hyattsville, Maryland's DeMatha Catholic High School defeated Lew Alcindor's Power Memorial Academy in what many call the greatest high school hoops game ever played.Learn more →
Enjoy this step through time charting WETA's history from its founding in the 1950s as an educational television station, the addition of a public radio station, and evolution into a major national producer for PBS.See timeline →